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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 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.
Autoplay handler - explorer.exe is typically associtated with identifier name of MSOpenFolder with and identifier of SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\Handlers\MSOpenFolder. 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 0.0% of all Boost users have the explorer.exe process running.Of the 0.0% 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.
0.00157% CPU15697.6%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
77.23 MB RAM358.6%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 4 /min0.2%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
423 GDI objects282.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
          25 context switches/sec25.0%
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 else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)

About Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft, founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, is a veteran software company, best known for its Microsoft Windows operating system and the Microsoft More...
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File details

File name: explorer.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Windows Explorer
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255)
Product version: 6.1.7600.16385
Size: 2.91 MB
Original file name: EXPLORER.EXE.MUI
Windows file protection: Yes

Digital certificate

Certificate authority: Microsoft Corporation
Expiration date: 7/9/2013

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0023303108%
Privileged CPU: 0.0007605500%
User CPU: 0.00156976081292%
Privileged CPU time: 19422.12 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 24 ms
CPU cycle count: 535,293,698
CPU cycle count /min: 182,924,328
Context switches /sec: 25
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 364.09 MB
Peak committed memory: 428.56 MB
Paged memory: 77.23 MB
Peak paged memory: 98.95 MB
Paged system memory: 561.3 KB
Non-paged system memory: 73.76 KB
Working set memory: 95.28 MB
Peak working set memory: 106.03 MB
Min working set memory: 46.74 MB
Private memory: 77.23 MB
Page faults: 181,172
Page faults /min: 226
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 2,565
Read operations /min: 3
Total read transfer: 6.14 MB
Read transfer /min: 7.85 KB
Total write operations: 116
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 760.87 KB
Write transfer /min: 972 Bytes
Total other operations: 135,571
Other operations /min: 169
Total other transfer: 10.85 MB
Other Transfer /min: 13.86 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 423
Peak GDI objects: 681
USER objects: 261
Peak USER objects: 517
Resources
Handle count average: 1,022
Thread count average: 28
Thread resource averages
shlwapi.dll
ntdll.dll
pnidui.dll

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 64-bit
System Tray: Yes
Process Command
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE

Shell open command details

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

Autoplay handler details

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

Image hashes

MD5: df8244a927975eaf2205c800665dbbb9
SHA-1: b6bf5234f52b6047784d172839c92fa3be25d264

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File packed: No
Import Table
advapi32.dll
api-ms-win-core-atoms-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-com-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-com-private-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-datetime-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-delayload-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-errorhandling-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-file-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-handle-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-heap-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-heap-obsolete-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-interlocked-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-io-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-job-l2-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-kernel32-legacy-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-libraryloader-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-localization-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-localization-obsolete-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-memory-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-path-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-processenvironment-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-processthreads-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-profile-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-psapi-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-registry-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-registry-l2-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-registryuserspecific-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-shlwapi-legacy-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-shlwapi-obsolete-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-sidebyside-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-string-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-string-l2-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-string-obsolete-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-synch-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-sysinfo-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-threadpool-legacy-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-timezone-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-winrt-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-winrt-string-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-eventing-classicprovider-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-eventing-controller-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-eventing-provider-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-power-base-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-security-base-l1-2-0.dll
dwmapi.dll
gdi32.dll
gdiplus.dll
kernel32.dll
msvcrt.dll
ntdll.dll
ole32.dll
powrprof.dll
propsys.dll
rpcrt4.dll
secur32.dll
shcore.dll
shell32.dll
shlwapi.dll
slc.dll
sspicli.dll
user32.dll
userenv.dll
uxtheme.dll
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