Windows Display showing black screen after killing a process in Task Manager (explorer.exe)

In your system when multiple tasks are running, sometimes few tasks doesn’t respond. so generally we have no other option than killing those processes from the Task Manager. But accidentally if you stop the process (explorer.exe) then your entire windows screen turns to black.

explorer.exe is the Windows Program Manager or Windows Explorer. It manages the Windows Graphical Shell including the Start menu, taskbar, desktop, and FileManager. By removing this process the graphical interface for Windows will disappear.

So How to Fix it?

  • Generally people tend to do forceful shutdown using power button as they don’t have any other idea.
  • But what if that machine is a remote machine?  You can’t even perform forceful shutdown.  Then use the below technique.

Hit Ctrl + Shift + Esc to bring up the Task Manager.

Then in the Task Manager, click File, New Task (Run…).

Then type: explorer.exe

Then click “OK

  • The above step will definitely solve the issue. But you could also try below shortcuts.

Press Windows button, Then right arrow (->), Then again right arrow (->), press L, press Enter. [Though you can’t see anything on screen, this will logoff ].

Press Windows button, Then right arrow (->), press Enter [use this for remote machine, this will do logoff]

I’ve experienced this issue, and got it resolved after a lot of google search. Trust me if you don’t know this technique, you will go mad for sure to fix the issue.

Though this post is not related to the blog’s intended to post content, I just thought to give an exception for this, as this saved my day.