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How to restart explorer.exe without losing session?


m18xr2

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#1
Currently I have options to boot up window and it will save my session from prior shutting down, but loses all the running program and progress.

where as restarting explorer.exe is the opposite, it keeps all the running program (as it should they are not part of explorer) but all the folder opened I had on taskbar all closes and I have to reopen all of them.. if I have like 10-15 different folders I'd do this each time and my explorer.exe crashes pretty often.

how can I restart explorer.exe while keeping the session?
 

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#2
If you need to restore the previous session exactly like it was before power off, why not to use hibernate? It may work not very well on some systems, esp. without SSD, but generally it's a direct way to save current session.
Alternatively, if you need every time to open the same folders from start, you can create a cmd file, like
Code:
@echo off
start "<path1>"
start "<path2>"
...
 

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    Windows 8.1 Pro
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    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i7-6700 (Skylake)
    Motherboard
    Asus Maximus VIII Gene
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus GeForce 1050 Ti, 4 GB
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    Philips 235PQ
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m18xr2

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#3
If you need to restore the previous session exactly like it was before power off, why not to use hibernate? It may work not very well on some systems, esp. without SSD, but generally it's a direct way to save current session.
Alternatively, if you need every time to open the same folders from start, you can create a cmd file, like
Code:
@echo off
start "<path1>"
start "<path2>"
...
i could be working on different things in different folder each time and when explorer crash and restart it'll lose everything. hibernation isn't a fix because I would be working, not hibernating my machine.
 

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#4
Apparently I understood your problem. It's not in restoring the previous Windows session after a new boot exactly as it was before shut down of your PC. The problem is in frequent crashes of the Explorer, which doesn't have the built-in mechanism of restoration, unlike one existing in Chrome (in early days the crashes of tabs with too complex or wrongly written HTML content happened quite often, so the restoration was very important).

Normally Explorer shouldn't crash too often, in properly working OS it shouldn't crash at all. You need to find out the root of this problem and fix it. Maybe it's a serious OS malfunction which can be fixed only by reinstallation, or an improper shell extension (called via context menu by right-click), or a badly written program which uses the Explorer... Try first to limit the shell extensions or even switch off all of them (in CCleaner, for example) and see the result.

Alternatively, you may use a third-party Explorer-like shell which suits your needs and doesn't crash, there are a lot of them.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i7-6700 (Skylake)
    Motherboard
    Asus Maximus VIII Gene
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus GeForce 1050 Ti, 4 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 235PQ
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 (FHD)
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 950 Pro, 512 GB

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