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File explorer won't open in Windows 10, here’s how to open folders

Posted by Abby Haines to Resource 2017-03-17


File Explorer won't open from taskbar and cannot open files & folders in Windows 10? This page collects two easy methods that are recommended as the most efficient solutions to fix File Explorer won't open or launch issue. Try it to regain access to your files and folders.

"I just received a new desktop PC with a clean Windows 10 install. But now, File Explorer window not open when I tried to launch it from taskbar or the start menu. And I can’t open any folders. Is there any way to fix the problem with opening file explorer on windows 10? I really need to get access to some important files. Please help!" 

Overview of file explorer won't open issue in Windows 10

Sometimes, when you try to launch file explorer to open some files or folder from the taskbar, it doesn’t show you the Windows. It is the best suggest of file explorer can not open issue. The problem has happened on Windows 7 & Windows 8 and prevents users from getting access to any of their folders or files. But now, it happens more and more frequently in Windows 10 and makes more and more users become the victims of the folder won't open issue. If you are having trouble opening or viewing your folders or files in Windows 10 because you can't open file explorer, this post provides the right solutions for you. Follow the instructions below to see which methods finally help you fix the problem and regain access to your files and folders.

How to fix File Explorer won't open issue in Windows 10

Step 1. Backup files when you cannot access folders because of File Explorer won't open

Before trying to fix File Explorer won't open issue in Windows 10, we strongly recommend you to backup or recover your files in case of unexpected data loss after something going wrong.

1. Download and launch EaseUS disk data recovery, select the disk where you want to backup your data and click "Scan" button.
2. The software will soon start a quick scan to find the lost & existing data on the disk. After it completed, a deep scan will automatically launch in order to find more files.
3. After the scan, preview and choose the files you want to backup. Finally, click "Recover" button to export and save them on an external memory device.

Backup data before fixing File Explorer won't open issue in Windows 10

Step 2. Try to fix File Explorer won't open in Windows 10 with two ways

Method One: Restart File Explorer in task manager

1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to start Task Manager. Then locate Windows Explorer
2. Right click Windows Explorer and choose End task
3. On top of the Task Manager window, click File option and choose Run new task.
4. Type explorer.exe in the box and then hit Enter

Method Two: Create new path of File Explorer

1. Right-click the File Explorer icon on the taskbar, then choose Unpin from the taskbar
2.Right click on the blank spot on the desktop and choose New > Shortcut to create a new shortcut.
3. Type in the following address: C:\Windows\explorer.exe in the Create Shortcut window and click Next
4. Rename the file to File Explorer and click Finish.
5. Right click the newly created shortcut and choose Pin to taskbar

After all the steps, you can double-click on the newly created shortcut to verify that if you can open File Explorer. If it works, right click on the taskbar icon and select Pin to taskbar if you would like it accessible from the taskbar.