How to disable explorer.exe at startup

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How to disable explorer.exe at startup
Start-up programs automatically execute when you start your computer, but they are not always necessary. (computer wipe image by Pali A from

Start-up programs run automatically when you turn on your computer. These programs require no manual commands to execute and are contained within a single directory for easy modification. One of these files, Explorer.exe, is an authorised file used by Windows operating systems. The bad news is that this file can slow down the processing speed of your computer. The good news is that disabling Explorer.exe is just as easy as turning on your computer.

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  1. 1

    Click "Start."

  2. 2

    Click "Run" to open a dialogue box.

  3. 3

    Enter "msconfig" in the box and click "OK."

  4. 4

    Click the "Startup" tab to access the list of all start-up programs.

  5. 5

    Uncheck the box next to the application "Explorer.exe" to deactivate it. This does not delete the file from your hard drive. Unchecking the box disables the program from executing automatically when you turn on your computer.

  6. 6

    Click "Apply."

  7. 7

    Click "OK" to close the window.

  8. 8

    Restart your computer.

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