Replacing Explorer.exe file in Windows 8

Windows are the most user friendly OS. If you are beginner in Windows 8 and want to modify the explorer.exe, then firstly you need to learn how to replace system files in Windows 8. As we all know Explorer.exe is a process in Windows which makes the OS more users friendly. This is a must have core file for every Windows Operating System. Here is the tutorial how you can replace explorer.exe in Windows 8.

Replacing Explorer.exe file windows 8

But before moving to the replacing process, we should learn about Explorer.exe and its function. Explorer.exe is windows process or file as mentioned above. It is one of the important factors that makes Windows more user-friendly. To view different applications on your Windows 8 computer such as desktops, task manager, etc explorer.exe provides Graphical User Interface. Originally this file is to be found where your system OS is installed that is in C:\Windows\ directory that is in the C: drive.

Generally there are three possible ways to replace explorer.exe in Windows 8.

Change registry path to explorerx.exe file.
Take Ownership and edit Permissions via Interface.
Take Ownership via Command Prompt

Changing registry path to explorerx.exe file is the easiest method to change explorer.exe as this process doesn’t change or rename the original explorer.exe file rather it changes registry path from explorer.exe to explorerx.exe that is the new explorer.exe file which will be replacing the original file. Before changing in the Registry make sure to keep a back up as Explorer.exe is an important system file.

Steps to Change explorer.exe file

  • Right click on the new explorer.exe which will be replacing with the original one.
  • Select rename option to rename it to explorerx.exe or whatever name you want to but keep .exe extension.
  • Now, copy explorerx.exe into the location C:\Windows\ directory
  • Next, turn to the start screen and bring up the Start menu and go to Search option

Start Menu win8

  • Now, click on the Apps option go to Search Apps text box and type regedit. Click on regedit from the Apps Search result that appears in the left

Search Regedit

  • Click on Yes in the UAC (User Account Control) box and you will be having registry editor window
  • Now in Registry Editor navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

NavigateToWinlogon win8

  • To the right pane click on the Shell and click on Modify option


  • When the Edit String window appears, change the value Data from explorer.exe to explorerx.exe

After completing all the steps illustrated above, reboot your system to effect the changes. You can also get back the original explorer.exe file by following the same process as discussed above the only difference is you have change the Shell Value Data need from explorerx.exe to explorer.exe.

Thus, upon following the steps described above you can easily replace explorer.exe in Windows 8.


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