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Author Topic: IDEA: explorer.exe auto-restarter  (Read 12695 times)

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IDEA: explorer.exe auto-restarter
« on: December 07, 2005, 03:37:12 PM »
Hi,

I'd like to add code to my AHK script to always restart explorer.exe maybe 20 seconds after it died or after I had to kill it. Windows should restart it automatically, but often does not  :(

What do you think? And what would be the best way to do this?

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Re: IDEA: explorer.exe auto-restarter
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2005, 03:40:21 PM »
wasn't there a coding snack written for this (kansas): http://www.donationc...dingSnacks/index.php

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Re: IDEA: explorer.exe auto-restarter
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2005, 03:46:48 PM »
No, not really, it has a quite different purpose:

; ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
;
; AutoIt Version: 3.1.0
; Author:         edvard_mcfly
;
; Script Name:
; Kansas (as in, "There's no place like Home")
;
; Script Function:
; Reverts to Explorer as your default shell and quickly logs off
; in case your alternate shell crashes or misbehaves.
;
; ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

; Script Start

RegWrite ("HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\IniFileMapping\system.ini\boot","Shell","REG_SZ","SYS:Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon")
RegWrite ("HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon","Shell","REG_SZ","explorer.exe")
RegWrite ("HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon","Shell","REG_SZ","explorer.exe")
RegWrite ("HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer","DesktopProcess","REG_DWord","0")
RegWrite ("HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer","BrowseNewProcess","REG_SZ","no")

Shutdown (0)

; Fi

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Re: IDEA: explorer.exe auto-restarter
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2005, 04:24:30 AM »
I'd like to add code to my AHK script to always restart explorer.exe maybe 20 seconds after it died or after I had to kill it. Windows should restart it automatically, but often does not  :(

What do you think? And what would be the best way to do this?

Well, XP? use

TSKILL Explorer

And windows will always restart it...

Other Windows based systems? Download TSKILL and use the above method :P

Edit: WTF, why is the : P smiley so messed up?

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« Last Edit: December 08, 2005, 04:32:54 AM by PhilKC »

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Re: IDEA: explorer.exe auto-restarter
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2005, 05:22:51 AM »
I'd like to add code to my AHK script to always restart explorer.exe maybe 20 seconds after it died or after I had to kill it. Windows should restart it automatically, but often does not  :(

What do you think? And what would be the best way to do this?

Well, XP? use

TSKILL Explorer

And windows will always restart it...

Other Windows based systems? Download TSKILL and use the above method
Hmm, where could I download this? Couldn't find it with Google...  :(

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Re: IDEA: explorer.exe auto-restarter
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2005, 01:11:38 AM »
Maybe it's a run command or something?  I'd like 2 know more also.

I actually know a little bit about this!  When U kill the main Explorer thread, U can type "explorer" in the "File - New Task (Run)" menu on the Task Manager.  But if there is a "file browser" version of Explorer open 4 some idiotic reason Windows opens yet another "file browser" version.  Which is quite useless.  If you kill all other explorer threads also then you can restart the main system tray thread.

I haven't wasted my time going 2 the Microsoft website looking 4 help on this.  I'm sure the response would just be "Micorsoft have confirmed this to be a problem with Windows".  They certainly have a poor commitment 2 their paying customers.

« Last Edit: December 15, 2005, 01:13:46 AM by skywalka »

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Re: IDEA: explorer.exe auto-restarter
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2005, 04:32:37 AM »
Open a DOS window, put it in a batch file or Start>RUN

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Re: IDEA: explorer.exe auto-restarter
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2005, 06:02:35 AM »
OK.  Thanx.

What is TSKILL?

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Re: IDEA: explorer.exe auto-restarter
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2005, 07:01:59 AM »
Terminal Services KILL - it is part of WindowsXP

Goto Start > Help and Support Centre and type TSKILL in the search box to get the full set of options available.

At the bottom you will see a link to "Related Topics" if click it pops up a menu with "Command Line Reference A-Z" which will give you all the possible command line programmes supplied as standard with Windows XP and their full syntax.

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Re: IDEA: explorer.exe auto-restarter
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2005, 07:10:43 AM »
TSKILL link:

http://bluescreenofdeath.co.uk/Programs/TSKILL.exe

<3 My new domain

Put it in system32 and it should be runnable from the command promt...

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Stick it on your site:
« Last Edit: December 15, 2005, 07:14:00 AM by PhilKC »

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Re: IDEA: explorer.exe auto-restarter
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2005, 07:13:06 AM »
Thanx Carol.

Phil, is that the TSKill that comes with XP.

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Re: IDEA: explorer.exe auto-restarter
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2005, 07:14:17 AM »
Phil, is that the TSKill that comes with XP.

Yesum...

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