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Windows Explorer Keeps Crashing

One of the most common problem with Windows File Explorer is that it keeps on crashing. Whenever a user tries to open or right clicks on a folder or file the file explorer crashes. It can also happen when a user ties to search in file explorer. This issue was there with Windows 7 and it seems like it persist in Windows 10. Windows Explorer Keeps Crashing is a very annoying problem as it does not let you open the desired file or folder. So, here are some methods given below to solve this problem.

Method 1: Clear File Explorer History

  • Type control in the search box and click on Control Panel.
  • In the Control Panel window type file in the search, in the top right corner.
  • Click on File Explorer options.
  • Clear to Clear. Then click Apply > OK.
  • Open your File explore to check if it is working properly.

Method 2: Run Netsh and Winsock Reset

  • Type cmd in the search box. Right click on Command Prompt from results and select Run as Administrator.
  • Type the following commands and press Enter:

netsh winsock reset

  • Reboot your computer.

Method 3: Launch Folder Windows in a Separate Process

  • Type control in the search box and click on Control Panel.
  • In the Control Panel window type file in the search, in the top right corner.
  • Click on File Explorer options.
  • Click on View tab.
  • Check the option Launch folder windows in a separate process in Advanced settings.
  • Click Apply > OK.

Method 4: Disable Thumbnails

  • Type control in the search box and click on Control Panel.
  • In the Control Panel window type file in the search, in the top right corner.
  • Click on File Explorer options.
  • Click on View tab.
  • Under Advanced Settings click on the box next to Always show icons, never thumbnails.
  • Click Apply and then OK.

Method 5: Give Full Permissions to your Account to Access Folder Content

  • Open File Explorer.
  • Right-click any folder and select Properties.
  • In Security tab and click on Advanced.
  • Click on Change.
  • Enter your user account name and click on OK.
  • In Advanced Security Settings. Check the box beside Replace owner on subcontainers and objects. Click OK.
  • Right-click on the folder whose full access you want to give to your account. Select Properties.
  • Navigate to Security tab and click on Advanced.
  • In Advanced Security Settings window, click on Add.
  • Click on Select a principal. Enter account name.
  • Set the Type to Allow.
  • Check the box next to Full Control under Basic permissions.

  • Click OK.
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By Dr. Joseph H Volker | 2018-09-13T11:12:07+00:00 September 13th, 2018|Applications Issues, Common Errors, Computer Science|0 Comments