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Replace Explorer.exe without demaging Windows?

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    Windows Developer Preview

    Replace Explorer.exe without demaging Windows?


    Hi folks,

    Is it possible to replace the Explorer.exe in Windows Developer Preview without making Windows to shut down the new Explorer.exe?

    The problem is: Windows is checking if the Explorer.exe is genuine, and if it finds out that it isn`t, Windows doesn`t want to run the new Explorer.exe and Windows doesn`t work anymore.

    Thanks.

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    What makes you think windows is checking if explorer.exe is genuine?
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    Windows Developer Preview


    Because when I replaced the old one with a new it said something about a certificate and didn`t launch explorer.exe anymore. I had to reinstall Windows.
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    Can you please elaborate? Why did you replace the old one? Were you doing some customization? As a general advice, if you want to go back to the old one, just run sfc scan the usual win7 way.

    SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker - Windows 7 Forums
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    Windows Developer Preview


    Thanks for the tool.

    I wanted to have a new start orb, so I copied the original and edited it, changing the .bmp files in it (which ofc. is the orb images) and replaced the edited one with the original. When I did that, Windows didn`t want to launch explorer anymore.
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    Posts : 15
    Windows 8 Consumer Preview (Build 8250)


    Quote Originally Posted by deesihne View Post
    Thanks for the tool.

    I wanted to have a new start orb, so I copied the original and edited it, changing the .bmp files in it (which ofc. is the orb images) and replaced the edited one with the original. When I did that, Windows didn`t want to launch explorer anymore.
    Try to refresh/reset your Windows via boot
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