Windows 10 File Explorer Not Working? Try These Useful Solutions

There is no operating system out there that doesn’t experience problems from time to time. It either keeps crashing, or it doesn’t let you open certain files. The list of problems can be extensive, but what can you do when the Windows 10 File Explorer is giving your problems?

Not all hope is lost since there are some things you can try. I will show you the possible solutions you can use, but if one doesn’t work simply try the following method since you never know which one will do the trick.

What to Do When Windows 10 File Explorer is Not working

If you’re noticing that the Windows 10 File Explorer keeps crashing or doesn’t even respond whenever you try to create a new folder there is a good chance that some sort of bug is causing the problem.

Sure you might use a software to help you clean your computer, but sometimes the solution lies elsewhere. Let’s see the solutions you can try to get rid of that problem once and for all.

Try Disabling Quick Access in File Explorer

In the previous Windows version, Quick Access used to be in Favorites. Quick access is very useful since it has your recently used folders and files and it’s opened by default every time you open File Explorer.

The problem appears when you have too many recent folder and files open since it can cause File Explorer to crash. Under these circumstances, the best thing you can do is to disable Quick Access.

To disable Quick Access, you’ll need to modify the Folder options. You’ll need to go to the start menu and in the Start Menu search enter Folder Options. Once you have it open go to the General tab go to Open File Explorer and choose This PC from the combo box.

How to Stop Windows 10 File Explorer from Crashing

Once you’ve chosen This PC, don’t forget to click on save or you’ll have to start all over. Now, the next time you need to use File Explorer, it’s going to open on This PC and nor Quick Access.

Create New Path and Clear History Cache

Another possible solution is to create a new path and erase the history cache. You can do this by right-clicking on the File Explorer icon on the Task Bar and then selecting Unpin from Taskbar.

How to Clear File History in Windows 10

Now, press the X key and the Windows key simultaneously and then select File Explorer from the options you see, right-click on the Quick Access link and choose Options.

Once you’re in Folder Options, click on the General tab if you’re not already there.┬áSelect Clear under the Privacy category, and now you’ve just cleared the File Explorer history.

To create a new path right-click on a blank spot on the desktop and choose New > Shortcut. Now, type in the following; C:\Windows\explorer.exe and then click Next. Now, rename the file to File Explorer and finally click Finish.

Restart in Task Manager

It’s amazing what a simple restart can do. You probably spend your time looking for complicated solutions, but may the solution is a simple restart. To restart the Explorer just press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to start Task Manager and then look for Windows Explorer.

Once you’ve found it, right-click on it and choose End Task. Now, on top of the Task Manager window click on the File option and click on Run new task. You’ll need to type the following: explorer.exe and then click on Enter. Hopefully, you won’t have any problems after this.

Run Netsh and Winsock Reset

For this solution, you’re going to need to use the Command Prompt. There are various ways you can open it, but the easiest way for me is to right-click on the Windows start menu and clicking on Command Prompt.

You’re also going to need administrative privileges for this. Once you have the Command Prompt open type netsh and press Enter.

How to Rub Netsh and Winsock Reset

The next step is to type winsock reset into the Command Prompt and press Enter again. When the process has ended, you’ll get a notice, and then you’ll just need to restart your computer.


Unfortunately, our operating systems are always going to give us problems. The good news is that there is always someone with a solution, even if it’s temporary.

I hope you’ve found the solution that finally has Windows Explorer working the way it should. Which method worked for you? Leave a comment and let me know.

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