Windows 7 Re-activate screen with shortcuts


New Member
I have installed windows 7 home premium two weeks ago.Seems everything is working ok apart from a minor problem.Having left the PC unattended for sometime the screen becomes black(I presume the PC went to sleep status).Pressing any key the picture background is coming on but NOT the shortcuts or the menu at the bottom.I have to crash the PC and re-boot to bring the screen on with the menu and the shortcuts.Any solution and what should I do to re-activate completely the screen without crashing and re-booting?

Jaydon H

New Member
Simple Solution

All you need to do is press Ctrl+Alt+Del and bring up Task Manager, then click on the 'New Task' button, type in 'explorer' and press OK. That should bring them up for you. It's just that Windows Explorer has crashed after your computer woke up. I have uploaded images as well.


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Extraordinary Member
Can you use a context menu if you right click on the desktop?

If you can this might help you and it comes in handy anyway.

How to Kill and Revive Explorer.exe in Windows 7 using the Context Menu.

First make yourself a .bat file (first make a New Text Document.txt, then when you save it change .txt file extension to .bat) and call it KILL EXPLORER OR WHATEVER.bat and enter this text code and save it:
@echo off

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
sleep 4
start explorer.exe
The 4 is adjustable, giving a slight sleep (4 is 3 secs, 6 is 5 secs etc. 1 is 0 secs but it makes your monitor look like it's popping!!).
Then make yourself a .reg file call it KILL EXPLORER OR WHATEVER.reg and enter this text code and save it:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\Restart Explorer]
@="Kill Explorer or whatever you want here to show in context menu"
"Icon"="An:\\optional\\path to add\\an.ico"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\Restart Explorer\command]
@="The:\\path\\to your\\KILL EXPLORER OR WHATEVER.BAT"
Click and merge the .reg file into your registry.

Then in the background empty space of any Folder or your Desktop you will be able to right click and you will have an "Explorer Kill Switch" at the top of your context menu.

Hope that helps.


(Originally posted by me elsewhere as billynomates)