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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. explorer.exe is executed by the process svchost.exe (ระบบปฏิบัติการ Microsoft® Windows® by Microsoft).

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 0.2% of all Boost users have the explorer.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of explorer.exe users, less than 1% have disabled it.
How stable is Windows Explorer?
Based on crash data discovered by Boost, stability is a measure of how sound this particular process and the average percent of times it crashes.
     explorer.exe0.03%
Typical program1.26%
How resource intensive is explorer.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00284% CPU28361.9%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
58.91 MB RAM273.6%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
          269 /min11.9%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
592 GDI objects394.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
180 context switches/sec180.0%
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?

Windows Explorer Stability

explorer.exe crashes or has encountered a critical error 0.8900% of the time.
1.  
Error: Dej de funcionar (APPCRASH)
Occurred: over 6 months ago
2.  
Error: Dej de responder y se cerr (AppHangB1)
Details: Este programa dej� de interactuar con Windows por un problema.
Occurred: over 6 months ago
3.  
Error: Dej de responder y se cerr (AppTermFailureEvent)
Details: Este programa dej� de interactuar con Windows por un problema.
Occurred: over 6 months ago

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 8 (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Enterprise (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Enterprise N (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro N (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro with Media Center (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Single Language (6.2.9200.0)
Windows Server 2012 Standard Evaluation (6.2.9200.0)

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File details

File name: explorer.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Windows Explorer
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247)
Product version: 6.2.9200.16384
Size: 2.27 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: 0.0056394655%
Privileged CPU: 0.0028032784%
User CPU: 0.00283618716228%
Privileged CPU time: 51905531.99 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 78 ms
CPU cycle count: 45,493,933
CPU cycle count /min: 410,918,404
Context switches /sec: 180
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 648.84 MB
Peak committed memory: 706.49 MB
Paged memory: 58.91 MB
Peak paged memory: 91.35 MB
Paged system memory: 1.27 MB
Non-paged system memory: 140.63 KB
Working set memory: 85.87 MB
Peak working set memory: 140.4 MB
Min working set memory: 51.77 MB
Private memory: 58.91 MB
Page faults: 1,036,112
Page faults /min: 1,598
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 152,633
Read operations /min: 249
Total read transfer: 165.83 MB
Read transfer /min: 370.52 KB
Total write operations: 8,485
Write operations /min: 20
Total write transfer: 64.04 MB
Write transfer /min: 300.45 KB
Total other operations: 532,502
Other operations /min: 573
Total other transfer: 35.51 MB
Other Transfer /min: 97.84 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 592
Peak GDI objects: 849
USER objects: 379
Peak USER objects: 556
Resources
Handle count average: 1,626
Thread count average: 45
Thread resource averages
uxtheme.dll
uxtheme.dll
wcnapi.dll
windows.immersiveshell.serviceprovider.dll
pnidui.dll
shcore.dll
ntdll.dll
ntdll.dll
wcnapi.dll
twinui.dll
idmnetmon64.dll
fundisc.dll
ntdll.dll

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 64-bit
System Tray: Yes
Parent Processes
Process Commands
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\windows\explorer.exe /factory,{75dff2b7-6936-4c06-a8bb-676a7b00b24b} -Embedding
C:\windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Windows\explorer.exe /factory,{75dff2b7-6936-4c06-a8bb-676a7b00b24b} -Embedding

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

Network connectivity

TCP: www-netscaler.cricket.org on port 53794
TCP: www-netscaler.cricket.org on port 54492
TCP: watson.telemetry.microsoft.com on port 55133
TCP: watson.telemetry.microsoft.com on port 58687
TCP: watson.telemetry.microsoft.com on port 56150
TCP: vvps-734344.dailyvps.co.uk on port 49262
TCP: vvps-734344.dailyvps.co.uk on port 64863
TCP: tn-76-5-158-42.sta.embarqhsd.net on port 52350
TCP: sinwns2012617.wns.windows.com on port 57586
TCP: sinwns2012413.wns.windows.com on port 64624
TCP: sinwns2012114.wns.windows.com on port 64250
TCP: sinwns2012025.wns.windows.com on port 64433

Image hashes

MD5: e13a31d5254c25406a7946bdd9b06364
SHA-1: b3a772021b7af2e59a075dfe9f23dbde0d54554c
SHA-256: 63b1e9575dc16da103a0bdfadb0493f0d65ed1f13ae1d7468d9813cb97dc6233

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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