How to fix File Explorer problems in Windows 10

File explorer is a tool which you use to browse files stored on the Hard on Windows 10 computer. It may be the most accessible program on your computer. This is because the program allows you to view folders and files, apart from displaying the desktop. But many of the Windows 10 users experience some issues while using File Explorer. It is a common issue which occurs on any computer. Here, we are going to explain several ways to resolve File Explorer is not working issue.

How to fix File Explorer problems in Windows 10
How to fix File Explorer problems in Windows 10

Fix 1: Restart the Windows Explorer in Task Manager:

Step 1: Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc simultaneously on keyboard to open Task Manager and then navigate to Windows Explorer.
Step 2: Right click on the Windows Explorer option and select ‘End Task’ option.
Step 3: Click on the ‘File’ option at the top of the Task Manager window and then select the ‘Run new task’ option.
Step 4: A new popup window will open on the screen with the heading of Create New Task. Type explorer.exe in the input box and press enter.

Check the File Explorer whether it is working properly. If not, then move on to next methods.

Fix 2: Open a separate Window:

Step 1: Open the File Explore and click on the ‘View’ option at the top left corner.
Step 2: A dropped down menu will open and look for the ‘Options’ button in the left corner and click on it.
Step 3: Now, a new window will open and you can see another ‘view’ option in that window. Click on that option to open it.
Step 4: There are several options available, scroll down to the page to locate ‘Launch Folder Window in Separate Process’ option. After finding, you have to check or tick the box near to that option.
Step 5: Click on ‘Apply’ and then click on ‘OK’. In many cases, this is the primary cause of the problem, as it helps remove an unresponsive file browser from another window and removes the problem instantly.

Fix 3: Clear File Explorer’s History:

Step 1: Open Windows search option or press Windows key + S in keyboard. And start typing File Explorer Optionsand then click on that option when it arrives.
Step 2: Under the ‘Privacy’ section of the window that comes up, click on ‘Clear’ option which is next to the Clear File Explorer History and then click OK.
Step 3: When it gets done, restart your computer and see if File Explorer now works properly.

Fix 4: Disable Windows Search:

Step 1: Open the Windows Search option and search for cmd.exe. From the search result, right click on the command prompt and select Run as Administrator option.
Step 2: Click Yes at the User Account Control window when prompted.
Step 3: Type the following command in Command prompt window:
net.exe stop “Windows Search”
Step 4: And then Press Enter. This may fix File Explorer not responding to problems on your Windows 10 computer.

Fix 5: Remove recently used files in Quick Access

Step 1: Open the Control Panel on your Computer and navigate to the Search bar option which appears on the top right side corner of the Screen.
Step 2: Once you found the search option, type ‘File Explorer’ in the search bar. The result will be shown based on your system configuration.
Step 3: Click on the File Explorer option from the search result. Now, a new window will pop up on your screen.
Step 4: In that Window, click on ‘Clear’ option at bottom to erase all previous data which is the primary cause of the issue.
Step 5: And then Click ‘OK’. Doing so will remove the recently used files in the Quick Access and also remove the quick files.

Fix 6: Run System File Checker

System File Checker is a Windows built in app that allows users to scan corruptions in windows system files and also helps you to recover corrupted files. File explorer not responding issues may be caused by any corrupted files on your drive. Let’s see how to remove corrupted files

Step 1: Open the Windows Search option and search for cmd. From the search result, right click on the command prompt and select Run as Administrator option.
Step 2:  Type the following command in command prompt: sfc /scannow
Step 3: And press enter. After Scanning gets completed, restart your Computer and check if the file explorer not responding issue has been resolved.

Fix 7: Set Windows Scaling to 100%:

Changing the display scale works for many users to resolve this problem because open file explorer cannot be fixed in Windows 10 devices.

Step 1: Right click on the desktop and then click on the Display Settings.
Step 2: Now, you have to adjust the application, text, and other item sliders below 100% and then click on Apply.
Step 3: Check file explorer, if it works properly then go back to the display settings again and adjust the slider to a higher value.

This method is based on user system configuration, so if this method does not work for you, try the next method.

Fix 8: Free up space on your computer:

Even if you don’t have space on your hard drive, File Explorer is likely to not work. To make file explorer work you need to delete some files or transfer the files external hard drive or flash drive. This may help you to solve the issue.

Fix 9: Troubleshoot your device:

Windows 10 comes with a troubleshoot option within the System Maintenance to fix common bugs and glitches in the device.

Step 1: To run troubleshoot, open the Control panel on your system and search for Troubleshooting.
Step 2: Click on the System Maintenance under the troubleshooting option.
Step 3: Once a new window pops open, click on the next option to initiate a run. Follow on screen instructions if it detects error.

Fix 10: Restore Windows:

Windows comes with the Restore feature, where your system takes a backup of your computer from time to time. You can restore one of those backups any time. To do so, search for sysdm.cpl and open it. Under the System Protection tab, check if the protection Settings for the primary drive, usually C drive where your OS is installed, is turned on. If yes, then proceed with the steps below.

Step 1: In the same tab, click on the System Restore option.
Step 2: A new window will pop up, in that click on ‘Next’ button.
Step 3: Now, you can see a list of all restore points which your OS has created. Click on the ‘Finish’ option to initiate the process and wait for it to complete. This almost fixes the problem.

Final Words:

Now, you know various methods to resolve File Explorer is not working issue. You should try all of these methods and find something that can bring your File Explorer back. If none of the above mentioned methods have solved the issue for you, then visit the Microsoft Customer Service Center.

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