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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 (Host Process for Windows Services 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.
Windows Explorer is loaded by:

Community

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 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.
0.00865% CPU86495.4%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
53.97 MB RAM250.7%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 24 /min1.1%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
544 GDI objects362.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
98 context switches/sec98.0%
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:   *HBA 9F 'D'3*,'() H*E %:D'BG (AppHangXProcB1)
Details:   -/+* E4CD) *3((* AJ *HBA G0' 'D(1F'E, 9F 'D*A'9D E9 Windows.
Occurred: over 6 months ago
2.  
Error:   *HBA 9F 'D'3*,'() H*E %:D'BG (AppHangXProcB1)
Details:   -/+* E4CD) *3((* AJ *HBA G0' 'D(1F'E, 9F 'D*A'9D E9 Windows.
Occurred: over 6 months ago
3.  
Error: User canceled a hung navigation. (ShellBrowserCancel)
Details: The user cancelled the navigation after 20 seconds.
Occurred: over 6 months ago

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Enterprise (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)
Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)

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File details

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

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0227068275%
Privileged CPU: 0.0140572846%
User CPU: 0.00864954284289%
Privileged CPU time: 489984535.41 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 17 ms
CPU cycle count: 71,798,269
CPU cycle count /min: 277,410,066
Context switches /sec: 98
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 317.23 MB
Peak committed memory: 438.78 MB
Paged memory: 53.97 MB
Peak paged memory: 126.84 MB
Paged system memory: 559.12 KB
Non-paged system memory: 74.34 KB
Working set memory: 50.67 MB
Peak working set memory: 90.63 MB
Min working set memory: 29.08 MB
Private memory: 53.97 MB
Page faults: 776,113
Page faults /min: 568
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 75,382
Read operations /min: 23
Total read transfer: 227.12 MB
Read transfer /min: 74.85 KB
Total write operations: 9,086
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 99.91 MB
Write transfer /min: 5.61 KB
Total other operations: 740,325
Other operations /min: 630
Total other transfer: 20.09 MB
Other Transfer /min: 8.5 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 544
Peak GDI objects: 759
USER objects: 301
Peak USER objects: 459
Resources
Handle count average: 2,705
Thread count average: 30
Thread resource averages
shlwapi.dll
ntdll.dll
pnidui.dll
winmm.dll
fxsst.dll
mmdevapi.dll
wlanmm.dll
wlanapi.dll
desktopdock64.dll
ole32.dll
gimeja.ime
gdiplus.dll

Process details

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

Shell open command details

Name: SHCmdFile
Command: explorer.exe

Autoplay handler details

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

Network connectivity

TCP: localhost on port 53808
Windows Firewall allowed program: Yes

Image hashes

MD5: 0862495e0c825893db75ef44faea8e93
SHA-1: e4b9a40fa341bcb82f20c9c3cefad84825e0d194
SHA-256: d190b84f29a6f22acfc313373301a848a927882cf728ca6d72eed4073dfc2b75

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File entropy: 6.74403
File packed: No
Import Table
advapi32.dll
dwmapi.dll
gdi32.dll
gdiplus.dll
kernel32.dll
msvcrt.dll
ntdll.dll
ole32.dll
powrprof.dll
propsys.dll
rpcrt4.dll
secur32.dll
shell32.dll
shlwapi.dll
slc.dll
user32.dll
uxtheme.dll
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