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Restarting Windows Explorer couldn't be easier!
Restarting Windows Explorer couldn't be easier!

Close Explorer the proper way

When most people want to close or restart Explorer they just terminate the Explorer task via the Task Manager.  Explorer is however a "regular" Windows application that shows the desktop and all open folder windows.  So when it is terminated via Task Manager it won't get a chance to save it's settings.  This may cause some modified Explorer settings not to be preserved when Explorer restarts again.  On Windows XP, Vista and 7 this includes e.g. the list of opened folders.

However, ShellDispenser closes Explorer in a more gentle way, so that Explorer gets plenty of opportunity to save it's settings.