Windows Desktop Shell (Explorer.exe) may stop unexpectedly due to some reasons. If it stops unexpectedly then the shell must be restarted. The Windows XP and later operating systems leverages a registry entry which enables system to restart the Explorer.exe shell automatically.
- KEY Name: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon
- Entry Name: AutoRestartShell
- Type: REG_DWORD
- Value: 1 (1=enabled, 0=disabled)
The default value of this is 1=enabled.