Solved Odd 'crash' after closing Windows Explorer through Task Manager...


_william

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I just made a Registry Editor change in order to revert Windows 11's context-menu back to classic Windows'. That went fine. My guide gave the option to then either Restart the PC or else close Windows Explorer in Task Manager and then open Windows Explorer again--I think verbatim it was just "restart Windows Explorer through Task Manager". Anyway, as soon as I closed Windows Explorer as a Process in Task Manager my Desktop just turned a blank dark grey colour. I could still see the apps that were currently open, until I closed them, but no Desktop at all and the system wasn't responding to any keyboard-shortcut inputs at all. I could see and move the mouse-cursor. I had to hold the power-button until it gave me the option to "Scroll down to Shut-Down", which I then did. And now I'm back, seeming back to normal.

It's probably a pointless question to ask whether my system's been affected by this 'crash', and I'm just going to guess that the system and my files are fine. But I thought I'd ask for some insight as to what happened there nonetheless.
 
Windows Build/Version
W11 23H2

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude 7430
Shutting down File Explorer from within Task Manager does shut things down but programs can keep running, just may not have access to file storage. And it frequently requires the 3-finger salute to restart the computer. Restarting File Explorer clears the screen and Taskbar temporarily, useful when something hangs or stalls.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
If this is as it seem's a 'one-off' issue i'd ignore it otherwise do the usual SFC and DISM checks
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    WIN 10 Pro
If this is as it seem's a 'one-off' issue i'd ignore it otherwise do the usual SFC and DISM checks
Yes, great. I actually want to check the 'health' of my computer anyway for other reasons, and am presuming that those "SFC" and "DISM" checks are to do with that. You couldn't give me a summary of what those checks are could you?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude 7430
Shutting down File Explorer from within Task Manager does shut things down but programs can keep running, just may not have access to file storage. And it frequently requires the 3-finger salute to restart the computer. Restarting File Explorer clears the screen and Taskbar temporarily, useful when something hangs or stalls.
I guess it's fine then. What's the "three-fingered salute" btw?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude 7430
Yes, great. I actually want to check the 'health' of my computer anyway for other reasons, and am presuming that those "SFC" and "DISM" checks are to do with that. You couldn't give me a summary of what those checks are could you?
This information appears in just about every post in this forum, but..

from a CMD prompt...

SFC /SCANNOW

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    WIN 10 Pro
I guess it's fine then. What's the "three-fingered salute" btw?
Ctrl+Alt+Del [been around for decades], allows shutdown when nothing in an Operating System works, last alternative before pulling the power cord out is holding the power button in for about 8 to 10 seconds.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
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