How can I get rid of a mysterious Explorer panel in Windows XP?

Tom Markham August 11, 2010
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As of a week ago a portion of Explorer, a left panel that features only “folder tasks”, “other places”, and “details” has appeared. The only way to get it to go away has been to use Task Manager to end “explorer.exe”. Of course that causes other problems.

How do I get rid of this panel?

  1. Aibek
    August 13, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Hey Tom,

    Did you manage to fix this issue using suggestions above. Let us know.


  2. ELW
    August 12, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Hi Tom,

    I think this site has the answer to your question:

    Below, I have pasted what I hope the answer to your question- directions to safely terminate explorer.exe


    "How to Safely Terminate explorer.exe"

    - Even though disabling explorer.exe is not recommended, you might need to do it. Of course, it is possible to kill it from the Task Manager, but terminating any process in such a way can be dangerous. There is a better, absolutely safe way to stop the explorer.exe process.

    -In Windows XP you’ll need to get to the shutdown dialog, hold down Ctrl+Shift+Alt keys and then click the Cancel button.

    In Vista (standard Start menu) click on the Start button, then hold down Ctrl+Shift and right-click on any empty area in the Start menu (or on the power button). Select Exit Explorer in the context menu. If you have classic Start menu, use the XP method described above.

    - After that you’ll have to start explorer.exe manually. To do that open Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del or Ctrl+Shift+Esc). In the Task Manager go to File – New Task (Run) – type in explorer and click OK. That will bring the shell back

    **Cut & Pasted from:

    I hope this helps!

    Good Luck-


  3. Tina
    August 11, 2010 at 6:23 pm


    could it be that your desktop is mistaken as a regular folder?

    This issue and how to solve it is described here:

    Please let us know whether that solved your problem. Thank you!