Recover the task bar quickly after explorer.exe crashes

While working in Windows 2000/XP, sometimes explorer.exe will crash, leaving you with a desktop but no start menu, task bar or system tray.

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While working in Windows 2000/XP, sometimes explorer.exe will crash, leaving you with a desktop but no start menu, task bar or system tray. To recover, Control-Alt-Delete to bring up Task Manager and select File -> New Task and enter explorer.exe. You're now back in control of your machine!

This was first published in May 2003

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