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What is Explorer.EXE?

Part of Windows Explorer by Microsoft

What is it?

Windows Explorer also known as File Explorer, is a file manager application and also a navigation tool that is included with releases of the Microsoft Windows operating system. It provides a graphical user interface for accessing the file systems. It is also the component of the operating system that presents many user interface items on the monitor such as the taskbar and desktop. Located in the C:\Windows directory, it is sometimes referred to as the Windows shell, explorer.exe.
(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. Explorer.EXE is executed by the process winlogon.exe (Windows NT Logon Application by Microsoft).

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.
Windows Explorer is loaded by:

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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.
0.00508% CPU50848.4%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
22.45 MB RAM104.3%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 12 /min0.5%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
350 GDI objects233.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
67 context switches/sec67.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\windows\explorer.exe

Are there other versions of Windows Explorer?

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 Explorer.

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 Explorer
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 6.00.2900.5634 (xpsp_sp3_qfe.080703-1303)
Product version: 6.00.2900.5634
Size: 1009.5 KB
Original file name: EXPLORER.EXE
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0099782932%
Privileged CPU: 0.0048934573%
User CPU: 0.00508483581914%
Privileged CPU time: 1925237.72 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 240 ms
Context switches /sec: 67
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 129.14 MB
Peak committed memory: 258.07 MB
Paged memory: 22.45 MB
Peak paged memory: 26.87 MB
Paged system memory: 180.73 KB
Non-paged system memory: 27.76 KB
Working set memory: 22.64 MB
Peak working set memory: 34.13 MB
Min working set memory: 13.73 MB
Private memory: 22.45 MB
Page faults: 318,920
Page faults /min: 406
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 3,950
Read operations /min: 11
Total read transfer: 28.01 MB
Read transfer /min: 54.29 KB
Total write operations: 157
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 5.31 MB
Write transfer /min: 11.5 KB
Total other operations: 1,321,529
Other operations /min: 2,572
Total other transfer: 96.05 MB
Other Transfer /min: 221.31 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 350
USER objects: 184
Resources
Handle count average: 547
Thread count average: 15
Thread resource averages
shlwapi.dll
shlwapi.dll
ntdll.dll
shlwapi.dll
shlwapi.dll
ntdll.dll
ntdll.dll
winmm.dll
qvodextend.dll
xldaquanshellext.dll
winmm.dll
ntdll.dll
gdiplus.dll

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 32-bit
System Tray: Yes
Parent Process
Process Commands
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS.0\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe
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

Network connectivity

Windows Firewall allowed program: Yes

Image hashes

MD5: 2bb75b7f548d82a099125d0c5971de7d
SHA-1: 185175ea4de39ee61909577a6a93ed3d8f354377
SHA-256: 7a0d86aa7e718e1f9df8afbee9672d00ecf8e3da4f258b5accd12a343132fea0

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File entropy: 6.74403
File packed: No
Import Table
advapi32.dll
dwmapi.dll
gdi32.dll
gdiplus.dll
kernel32.dll
msvcrt.dll
ntdll.dll
ole32.dll
powrprof.dll
propsys.dll
rpcrt4.dll
secur32.dll
shell32.dll
shlwapi.dll
slc.dll
user32.dll
uxtheme.dll
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