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What is explorer.exe?

Part of Windows Intéző by Microsoft

(explorer.exe is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How does explorer.exe run?

Process - explorer.exe is an instance of a running program. This 32-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account.

How does explorer.exe start?

Shell open command - explorer.exe is typically associtated with identifier name of SHCmdFile with and identifier of explorer.exe. A Shell Open Command allows for an association of a file extension and a program. This association allows an application to be run when the icon or a context menu item is clicked upon in the Windows Explorer window.
Autoplay handler - explorer.exe is typically associtated with identifier name of MSCDBurningOnArrival with and identifier of SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\Handlers\MSCDBurningOnArrival. Autoplay will scan removable media, when it arrives, looking for media content types (music, graphics, or video). When a removable media arrives, Windows determines what actions to perform by evaluating the content and comparing it to registered handlers for that content. An application will register a handler for Autoplay events associated with a media type.

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What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.1% of all Boost users have the explorer.exe process running.Of the 0.1% of explorer.exe users, less than 1% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is explorer.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00130% CPU13011.7%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
17.17 MB RAM79.7%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 41 /min1.8%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
338 GDI objects225.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
47 context switches/sec47.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\windows\explorer.exe

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by Windows Intéző.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)

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File details

File name: explorer.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Windows Intéző
Description: Microsoft® Windows® operációs rendszer
Version: 6.00.2900.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105)
Product version: 6.00.2900.5512
Size: 1011.5 KB
Original file name: EXPLORER.EXE
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0090425839%
Privileged CPU: 0.0077414177%
User CPU: 0.00130116617557%
Privileged CPU time: 4518750 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 10,274 ms
Context switches /sec: 47
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 109.56 MB
Peak committed memory: 152.86 MB
Paged memory: 17.17 MB
Peak paged memory: 24.76 MB
Paged system memory: 109.49 KB
Non-paged system memory: 25.88 KB
Working set memory: 21.26 MB
Peak working set memory: 29.78 MB
Min working set memory: 11.23 MB
Private memory: 17.17 MB
Page faults: 368,680
Page faults /min: 575
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 26,986
Read operations /min: 40
Total read transfer: 45.39 MB
Read transfer /min: 78 KB
Total write operations: 53
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 269.27 KB
Write transfer /min: 549 Bytes
Total other operations: 348,605
Other operations /min: 680
Total other transfer: 22.55 MB
Other Transfer /min: 44.99 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 338
USER objects: 281
Resources
Handle count average: 572
Thread count average: 17

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 32-bit
System Tray: Yes
Process Command
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE

Shell open command details

Name: SHCmdFile
Command: explorer.exe

Autoplay handler details

Name: MSOpenFolder
Command: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\Handlers\MSOpenFolder

Image hashes

MD5: ad3a8a9e8914439852a98ce48015e237
SHA-1: bdc62d3d90439372bad7a1796ab51cad81281cf9
SHA-256: aa1b918a3323e888a66d65f222958b1ff18c01443e6d1f0172a6121a6cad0445

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File packed: No
Import Table
advapi32.dll
gdi32.dll
kernel32.dll
msvcrt.dll
ntdll.dll
ole32.dll
shell32.dll
shlwapi.dll
user32.dll
uxtheme.dll
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