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I need to be able to automatically temporarily end the explorer.exe system process at the click of a command button.
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Question by:Sid_The_Kid
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by:lunchbyte
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Download the demp program and you can see how it is done. If you like what this can do then copy the codes that you need.

http://freevbcode.com/ShowCode.ASP?SearchString=kill%20process&ID=5543

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by:justchat_1
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thats overkill...try this:
http://www.vb-helper.com/howto_terminate_process.html

Just terminate explorer.exe
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by:justchat_1
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If thats not what you had in mind here is a similar question:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Languages/Visual_Basic/Q_20231530.html
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kaliyugkaarjun earned 600 total points
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by:Sid_The_Kid
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justchat_1, when I tried your first comment (which was a great example), it seemed to close windows based on their captions, instead of their exe names. Of course, explorer.exe does not have a real form, and therefore does have a caption. However, when I tired terminating a folder, explorer.exe shut down for about a second, and then started up again. The same thing happens with lunchbyte app.

kaliyugkaarjun, great link. I was fairly pissed when I didn't see your post while I was typing my response to previous comments, and then I decided to chk out your answer before posting, and then the program caused my ie window closed and I lost my response I just finished typing!! But I simply changed that if statement by adding a not and it closed explorer.exe, but as usual it only lasted for about one second before it boots up again. I have yet to see whether this is enough time for my program to do what it needs to do. If not, I will need to find a way to keep it closed before I can award points. So far kaliyugkaarjun researched way seems to be most reliable and easy to use.
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by:justchat_1
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Explorer.exe automatically restarts in XP as part of a crash recovery feature...
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by:Sid_The_Kid
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Thats OK, I found a way for my program to work anyway --> It restarts the computer. Thanks everyone.
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