|I'm having some problem understanding your original question:-|
"I was told to look in the task bar for explorer.exe and end the process, etc. I cannot do that since explorer.exe is not in my task bar. I can either only operate in safe mode or only open anything from the task bar. how do I reinstall explorer.exe which....."
1. Ending the process explorer.exe is done in the Task Manager not the taskbar. You use Ctrl-Alt-Del to bring up Task Manager.
2. When you say you can open things from the taskbar can I assume you mean the bar at the bottom of the screen that shows the clock?
3. If explorer.exe was missing I doubt you would be able to use Windows at all (not even the limited use you appear to have).
Have you tried the kellyskorner fixes from Safe Mode? They are supposed to Run not Open. You simply OK any messages they give you until they have done their job.
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