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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.

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 0.5% 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.
0.00037% CPU3679.8%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
182.49 MB RAM847.5%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
1,197 GDI objects798.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
522 context switches/sec522.0%
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?

Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600.65536)

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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: 2.66 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: 0.0019531381%
Privileged CPU: 0.0015851555%
User CPU: 0.00036798253600%
Privileged CPU time: 77407.7 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 1,943,672,053
Context switches /sec: 522
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 503.73 MB
Peak committed memory: 699.7 MB
Paged memory: 182.49 MB
Peak paged memory: 340.96 MB
Paged system memory: 615.43 KB
Non-paged system memory: 62.09 KB
Working set memory: 210.32 MB
Peak working set memory: 211.13 MB
Min working set memory: 66.65 MB
Private memory: 182.49 MB
Page faults: 984,072
Page faults /min: 0
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 12,729
Total read transfer: 751.77 MB
Total write operations: 10,606
Total write transfer: 651.59 MB
Total other operations: 313,510
Total other transfer: 13.56 MB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 1,197
Peak GDI objects: 1,638
USER objects: 475
Peak USER objects: 851
Resources
Handle count average: 1,479
Thread count average: 43
Thread resource averages
ntdll.dll
shlwapi.dll
pnidui.dll
winmm.dll

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: High
Windows platform: 32-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: 50d8b06d18650ee2478bee1692485283
SHA-1: a941dddc13fd2b74a141225031372dcb89465356
SHA-256: 649edc14c9bca548af5406f6839f24dd55bd6d46c8b67e11c1f55f1c42a22aa3

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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