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cleanly stop and restart explorer.exe

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The programs I am using are older programs, back to the 1990s. When I disable explorer, either through a .bat file I set up, or by using the command line interface, the problem goes away.

While these programs run without disabling explorer (with some system tweaking), they are useless because the color scheme gets distorted to the point of them being illegible and therefore useless.

I posted the example of the .bat file to demonstrate what I needed, and yes it is confusing. I've tried process.kill and other programmatic attempts to shut down explorer during the duration of the run, but explorer keeps getting kicked back on.