[Solved] Windows 10 File Explorer Problem (Crash, Freeze, Won't Open) -

[Solved] Windows 10 File Explorer Problem (Crash, Freeze, Won't Open) -

Many users with Windows 10 continue to experience various problems. Some of these problems are related to the "FILE EXPLORER" of Windows 10, that is everything related to opening files and folders, saving files, managing windows, and so on. In this article we will try to understand what are the most common problems related to the Windows 10 File Explorer and what solutions to adopt.

Common Problems with Windows 10 File Explorer

The problems of the “File Explorer” can be very annoying because they prevent you from working on your computer and / or cause a lot of waste of time. Here are the most common problems Windows 10 users encounter:

  • Windows 10 File Explorer is not responding, not working, not opening - There are various File Explorer problems that can occur and in this article we will show you how to fix most of them.
  • File Explorer crashes - Many users reported that File Explorer crashes on the computer. This can be an annoying problem, but you may be able to fix it using one of the solutions described below.
  • File Explorer closes continuously - some users are unable to start File Explorer on their PC: File Explorer keeps closing and does not stay open.
  • Windows 10 file explorer slow - Many users have reported crashes and slowdowns while using File Explorer.

Solution # 1. Run "netsh" and "winsock reset"

Open the Command Prompt as an administrator. You can do this by simultaneously pressing the keys Windows + X and selecting Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu. Or type the word cmd in the box of Research at the bottom left and then right click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.

Once the black window opens type the command netsh I awarded Submit.

Then type the command winsock reset and hit enter.

Once the process is complete you will only be asked to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

This first solution is perhaps the most effective for solving different types of problems you have with File Explorer, such as freezing when opening or saving files.

Solution # 2. Uninstall the latest Windows update

Many users experience problems with File Explorer after a Windows update. In this case it is therefore advisable to "go back" and cancel the last update performed. Here's how to do it.

  1. Go to Settings of Windows 10 and access the section Update & Security

  2. Click now on Update History> Uninstall Updates.
  3. Look for the latest installed update and uninstall it.

Solution # 3. Hide "Hidden files and folders"

If you have problems with File Explorer such as sudden crashes, you may be able to solve the problem by simply “hiding” the hidden files and folders. Some files are hidden by default, but you can make them visible by changing the settings. If hidden folders are shown, there may be problems with File Explorer, so you might try to reset these settings by doing the following:

  1. Press key Windows + S and search for "File Explorer "
  2. Once the File Explorer folder opens go to the VIEW tab and make sure that the "Hidden items" checkbox is deselected as highlighted in the figure below:

After making these changes, the problem with File Explorer should be resolved. Many users reported that this solution worked, so try it too.

Solution # 4. Run folder windows in a separate process

Another way to fix Windows 10 File Explorer issues is to have folder windows run in a separate process. Here are the simple steps to follow:

  1. apri File Explorer as already seen in the previous solutions
  2. Click on "Options" and then open the tab View. Here search and select the box Run folder windows in a separate process. Click Apply e OK per salvare I modified it.

This solution has reportedly worked for many users, so we highly recommend giving it a try.

Solution # 5. Disable Quick Access File Preview

If you are having problems with File Explorer, you can also fix them by changing some settings. According to some users, it is enough to disable the quick access and file preview features. This is pretty simple to do. Here are the details:

  1. Open the Options of File Explorer.
  2. In the tab General set Open File Explorer for This PC. Uncheck the boxes below Show recently used files in Quick Access e Show recently used folders in Quick Access. You can then also click on “Clear” at the bottom to clear the File Explorer history.
  3. Then access the tab Show and deselect the function Show thumbnail management for files. Finally click on Apply and then OK per confermare I modified it.
  4. Finally, make sure the preview pane is disabled. You can disable it once File Explorer is open by pressing Alt + P  on the keyboard.

After changing these options, check if the problems with File Explorer are still present or resolved.



perfect solved the problem, performed three tips and solved thanks a lot

  • I tried all possibilities now as soon as I open download folder it crashes

  • Solved only with the first step! Thanks

  • Thanks! I followed steps 1, 3, 4 and 5: my problem (every two by three I was completely blocked for several tens of seconds the folder I was working on and the mouse, and when everything finally worked again the folder returned to display the file at the beginning of the list and I often lost the selections or changes made, for example the renaming of a file or the copy / cut / paste commands) is not completely solved, but it happens much less often and between one block and another I can at least to work.

  • I was unable to install and update programs. At launch everything was implanted. Solution 1 and now everything is ok. Thank you very much!

  • My problem was that Explorer was open to me for a few seconds.

    The only solution that came close to solving my problem was 2.

    I uninstalled Acrobat Reader and Windows Explorer started working perfectly again.

  • thank you, valuable asset

  • Bye! Thanks a lot, very helpful. I was able to fix with solution 4 (after trying solution 1 and 2). For those who can't apply the solutions from 3 onwards because they can't even open the file explorer folder, just proceed to any other folder and then select 'apply to all folders'. Thank you again!

  • Thank you very much for helping! In my case, disabling the preview functions (solutions 5) was decisive. Thanks again guys.

  • Hello I did everything as you wrote but I have not solved when Windows 10 starts it does not automatically open the explorer folder I get the black screen with the cmd to start it I use the task manager and the Explorer command how do I solve my problem I wait for the your reply best regards

  • I also tried the first 2 and it doesn't work, the other 2 can't even run

  • I did the first two methods but the problem is still there, the other methods cannot be executed since it does not even open the file explorer, I ask you for help.

  • Every time I had to save a file (word, txt or others) the save window opened but it froze for several seconds, even minutes. Really annoying.
    I followed all the advice above and the problem seems to be solved.
    thank you so much!

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