How to Fix File Explorer Keeps Popping Up Without Losing Data

Brithny updated on Feb 22, 2023 | Home >Computer Instruction

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. End process in Task Manager Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete to open Task Manager > click Details > select explorer.exe...Full steps
Fix 2. Repair corrupted file system Run cmd as administrator > type sfc /scannow and hit Enter ...Full steps
Fix 3. Remove AutoPlay Open Control Panel > choose AutoPlay > uncheck "Use AutoPlay for all media and devices"...Full steps

File Explorer Keeps Opening by Itself

Have you ever experienced this kind of thing? Every time you try to close File Explorer, it keeps opening automatically. When you type something on your document, File Explorer keeps popping up, interrupting your typing. It's very frustrating. You might have scanned for the virus, but nothing found. In general, File Explorer keeps opening results from the following causes. 

  • There is something wrong with the file explorer, or the file explorer is crashing.
  • The system files have missing or corrupted.
  • AutoPlay is turned on and it is by default selected to open File Explorer to show the contents of your external drive.

How to Fix File Explorer Keeps Popping Up Without Losing Data

The File Explorer keeps crashing or popping up happens from time to time. If you are also encountering this issue, manually fix it with the help of methods below.

Method 1. End File Explorer in Task Manager

  • Press hold the Ctrl + Alt and Delete key on your keyboard to open Task Manager.
  • Click on "Details", select "explorer.exe" and click "End task" at the right-bottom of the screen.
  • Click "File" and click "Run new task".
  • Type explorer.exe and click on "OK".
  • Restart your computer.

If the File Explorer still keeps opening on its own, move to method 2 to restore and repair missing or corrupted system files.

Method 2. Repair Corrupted System Files

SFC (System File Checker) is a command-line utility in Windows that allows users to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore corrupted files. You can try this way to solve "File Explorer keeps opening" issue.

  • Click the Start button and type cmd. Right-click the Command Prompt and choose "Run as administrator".  
  • Type sfc /scannow and press Enter to run a full system scan.

Leave the Command Prompt to run. It may take between 5-10 minutes. After the process is finished at 100%, if everything goes well, you would get the message "Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations". If you see a message "Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them", it means that you have successfully repaired missing or corrupted system files in Windows 10 with SFC. 

File Explorer keeps opening error

Method 3. Remove AutoPlay

If you are experiencing "File Explorer opens randomly" whenever connecting an external drive to your computer, then the issue might be caused by the AutoPlay feature. And the reason for "File Explorer keeps popping up" is that your external drive has a loose connection. And it keeps disconnecting/connecting, which forces your system to open File Explorer constantly.

  • Open the Control Panel and choose AutoPlay.  
  • Uncheck the option "Use AutoPlay for all media and devices".
  • Click "Save". After this, you won’t see File Explorer keeps opening every time you insert a USB device.

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