AutoRestartShell And Windows

by Nirmal Sharma [Published on 8 March 2011 / Last Updated on 10 Jan. 2010]

This article explains how you can use a registry entry to enable auto restart of Explorer.exe shell if it stops unexpectedly.

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.

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