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What is explorer.exe?

Part of Windows Stifinder 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.


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.
0.00123% CPU12277.6%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
25.33 MB RAM117.6%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
273 GDI objects182.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
41 context switches/sec41.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:

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 Stifinder.

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 Stifinder
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operativsystem
Version: 6.00.2900.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105)
Product version: 6.00.2900.5512
Size: 1010.5 KB
Original file name: EXPLORER.EXE
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0029014272%
Privileged CPU: 0.0016736677%
User CPU: 0.00122775955861%
Privileged CPU time: 670187.5 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
Context switches /sec: 41
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 122.27 MB
Peak committed memory: 157.25 MB
Paged memory: 25.33 MB
Peak paged memory: 26.16 MB
Paged system memory: 196.57 KB
Non-paged system memory: 30.97 KB
Working set memory: 13.96 MB
Peak working set memory: 31.04 MB
Min working set memory: 13.42 MB
Private memory: 25.33 MB
Page faults: 169,678
Page faults /min: 0
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 3,138
Total read transfer: 9.98 MB
Total write operations: 32
Total write transfer: 6.81 KB
Total other operations: 2,832,934
Total other transfer: 210.23 MB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 273
USER objects: 145
Handle count average: 532
Thread count average: 14
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 32-bit
System Tray: Yes
Process Command

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: 1d9bd1caa1e4cf63370f201df742dc7d
SHA-1: 3b0bf8e558420d054e7771c50176285c98f2fcf8
SHA-256: 549bc34025d1cee9d32ee95f5d690c4050f623082393159c851aa214ee023c5e

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File packed: No
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