How to restart Explorer as a pre-build event in Visual Studio RRS feed

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  • I'd like to restart Explorer when building my DLL in Visual Studio. I've tried adding taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe and start explorer as pre-build events in the project configuration. When I then build my project, Explorer will in fact be terminated, but it will not be successfully restarted. The taskbar will remain missing. Only after starting explorer from a command prompt will it return. I've also tried executing a call to those commands in a .bat file, but I get the same problem (although the .bat file works properly when executed on its own, outside Visual Studio). I've also tried putting the relaunch part in a post-build event, but no dice. Is there any trick to getting Explorer to relaunch successfully in a pre-build event? Thanks for any input.
    Thursday, December 5, 2019 6:57 PM

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