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What is explorer.exe?

Part of Betriebssystem Microsoft® Windows® 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. explorer.exe is executed by the process wmiprvse.exe (WMI 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.


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.
0.01002% CPU100227.9%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
21.55 MB RAM100.1%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
277 GDI objects184.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
44 context switches/sec44.0%
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 Betriebssystem Microsoft® Windows®.

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: Betriebssystem Microsoft® Windows®
Description: Windows Explorer
Version: 6.00.2900.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105)
Product version: 6.00.2900.5512
Size: 1012.5 KB
Original file name: EXPLORER.EXE
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0175627761%
Privileged CPU: 0.0075399880%
User CPU: 0.01002278809072%
Privileged CPU time: 52203062.5 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
Context switches /sec: 44
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 116.25 MB
Peak committed memory: 152.03 MB
Paged memory: 21.55 MB
Peak paged memory: 23.99 MB
Paged system memory: 162.73 KB
Non-paged system memory: 44.5 KB
Working set memory: 18.64 MB
Peak working set memory: 27.08 MB
Min working set memory: 11.08 MB
Private memory: 21.55 MB
Page faults: 244,587
Page faults /min: 0
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 274,040
Total read transfer: 37 MB
Total write operations: 236
Total write transfer: 10.83 MB
Total other operations: 2,895,957
Total other transfer: 242.2 MB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 277
USER objects: 163
Handle count average: 476
Thread count average: 14

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 32-bit
System Tray: Yes
Parent Process
Process Commands
"C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.exe" /select,"C:\Program Files1\WinRAR\rarext.dll"

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: 418045a93cd87a352098ab7dabe1b53e
SHA-1: 98b9ad668e0727be888b861f49aac0f72725e634
SHA-256: 81419093ccb985da284931fa3df41c4cfe25350db1c366792903411819371664

PE image details

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