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What is explorer.exe?

Part of Windows-Explorer 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 64-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 C:\Windows\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.


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About 0.5% of all Boost users have the explorer.exe process running.Of the 0.5% 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.
0.06711% CPU671096.0%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
29.26 MB RAM135.9%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
329 GDI objects219.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:

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What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)

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File details

File name: explorer.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Windows-Explorer
Description: Betriebssystem Microsoft® Windows®
Version: 6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255)
Product version: 6.1.7600.16385
Size: 2.74 MB
Original file name: EXPLORER.EXE.MUI
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.1160408335%
Privileged CPU: 0.0489312348%
User CPU: 0.06710959861925%
Privileged CPU time: 1716011 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 233.98 MB
Peak committed memory: 249.96 MB
Paged memory: 29.26 MB
Peak paged memory: 31.25 MB
Paged system memory: 422.34 KB
Non-paged system memory: 63.91 KB
Working set memory: 43.06 MB
Peak working set memory: 45.28 MB
Min working set memory: 41.79 MB
Private memory: 29.26 MB
Page faults: 27,076
Page faults /min: 0
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 329
Peak GDI objects: 344
USER objects: 209
Peak USER objects: 223
Handle count average: 676
Thread count average: 22

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 64-bit
System Tray: Yes
Process Command

Shell open command details

Name: SHCmdFile
Command: C:\Windows\explorer.exe

Image hashes

MD5: 70d758d2dbe79757421017ee68143763
SHA-1: 10212dddcc336be930e3a4aa5b142db703b33aec
SHA-256: 0f68920aca6f45f173ac476ed33e65a229352e8f7d94def28cf7f3e1d7cede68

PE image details

CLR assembly: Yes
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C# / Basic .NET
File packed: No
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