Can't Open Downloads Folder on Windows 10? Fix It Now!

Tracy King updated on Sep 12, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

Summary

Can’t open Downloads folder and you are unable to access saved data in Downloads folder in Windows 10? Don’t worry. This article will offer 2 reliable solutions here to guide you effectively fix and repair not responding Downloads folder without losing any data in your Windows 10, 8 or 7 PC.

I can't Open Downloads Folder or Access Saved Data on Windows 10, Help!

"Hi, this is the first time that I've met this problem - I just couldn't open Windows 10 Downloads folder. I tried to open my Downloads folder but it won't allow me to do so. 
The Downloads folder doesn't respond no matter how I tried. I have some important downloaded files saved in the Downloads folder and I need a way to access and restore saved data in Windows 10. Please help me out. Thanks
."

Don't worry if you are having the same problem that the Windows Downloads folder becomes inaccessible, won't open or not responding in Windows 10/8/7. Here in this article, you'll find two reliable solutions to help you efficiently fix the Downloads folder won't open error and restore all saved data with ease. Feel free to follow offered solutions here to fix and repair 'Can't open Downloads folder' error and restore all files from Downloads folder in your PC now.

Solution 1. Manually Restore Files and Repair Inaccessible Downloads Folder on Windows 10

If you prefer a direct way to repair and fix Windows Downloads folder won't open issue without losing any data, you can follow below 2 steps to manually repair Downloads folder inaccessible error and restore all saved data now:

Part 1. Run SFC and CHKDSK to Scan and Repair Corrupted System Files and Bad Sectors

Sometimes, corrupted system files or bad sectors on Windows system drive may cause hard drive, folders or files inaccessible. Therefore, fixing corrupted system files and repair bad sectors on the hard drive may help you fix the Downloads folder won't open error. You can follow to run SFC and CHKDSK to scan and repair corrupted system files and bad sectors now:

Fix corrupted system files by SFC:

Step 1. Press Win + R keys to open Run dialog;
Step 2. Type: cmd and hit Enter to open Command Prompt;
Step 3. Type: sfc /scannow and hit Enter;
Let the process complete the scanning process and it will automatically repair corrupted system files on Windows 10. 

Repair bad sectors on Downloads folder disk in Windows 10.

Step 1. Press Win + X keys and select Command Prompt (Admin);
Step 2. Click Yes to confirm run Command Prompt as Administrator;
Step 3. Type: chkdsk G: /f /r /x and hit Enter; (Replace G: with the drive letter of your system drive or disk where the Downloads folder locates.)

Wait for the process complete and then CHDKSK command will automatically repair and fix all bad sectors found in the Downloads folder and system disk. 

If you don't have any technical know-how and want to minimize data risks, using third-party software could be a better choice. The Command line is suitable for computer professionals since wrong commands can cause severe problems. Therefore, we strongly recommend you to try an automatic command line alternative.

EaseUS Tools M is a practical computer fixing tool that is safe and light-weighted. It's a perfect alternative to CHKDSK command. Use this one-click tool to solve your computer issues.

To fix file system error or disk error:

Step 1: DOWNLOAD EaseUS Tools M for Free and install it.

Step 2: Open the software and select "File Fixing" on the left pane. 

On the right pane, choose the drive and check off the box at the bottom - "Check and fix file system error". Then, click "Fix" to start repairing the error.

Step 3: Wait until the operation completes. Wait until the operation completes. After the operation completes, click the "View" button to check the drive. 

select the drive and check off file system error

Part 2. Access and Restore Saved Data from Not Responding/Inaccessible Downloads Folder

After this, you can try to open Downloads folder to get all saved data and files now. If it's still inaccessible, don't worry. Just try below 2 methods to get all save data back now:

Method 1. Restore Downloads folder files by changing Properties settings

Step 1. Right-click on Downloads folder and select Properties;
Step 2. Go to Customize > Select documents from the drop-down folder;
Step 3. And select 'also apply template to all subfolders'.
After this, you can check to see whether your files show up in the Downloads folder or not. 
If you don't see downloaded files or data, you can also select General items, Pictures, Music or Videos etc to make wanted files show up in the Downloads folder.

Method 2. Recover files from Downloads folder with file recovery software

If you don't see wanted files in Downloads folder with Method 1, don't worry. Professional file recovery software will help. Here we'd like to recommend you try EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard which would effectively help you find and restore lost files and data from Downloads folder in Windows 10/8/7 within 3 simple steps:

Step 1. Select location to scan.

On EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, move your mouse on "Select Folder" and click "Browse". Select the location where you lost the Downloads folder and click "OK" to let this program scan and find your lost Downloads folder.

select a location and scan lost downloads folder

Step 2. Check and preview the found Downloads folder.

When the scanning process finishes, check "Deleted Files", "Lost Files" columns or use Search to find the "Downloads" folder with lost files. You can double-click to open and preview the found files in the Downloads folder.

Preview lost folder data.

Step 3. Restore the Downloads folder and save it to a safe location.

Click "Recover" to save the Downloads folder to another safe location on your PC.

Restore lost Downloads folder.

Solution 2. Run System Restore to Repair Downloads Folder Not Working/Inaccessible Error on Windows 10

If you don't have any important data saved in the Downloads folder and you need a straightforward solution to get this issue fixed, System Restore will do. 

Here are the detail steps that you can follow to run System Restore and repair not working or inaccessible Downloads folder back to work again now:

Step 1. Type: system restore in the Search box in Windows 10 and select Create a restore point;
Step 2. Click System Protection when System Properties dialog appears;
Step 3. Click Configure;
Step 4. Select Turn on system protection and click OK;
Step 5. Repeat Step 1 and click System Protection, then click System Restore;
Step 6. Select the wanted system restore point and click Next to follow the onscreen instructions to complete the System Restore process.
After this, restore Windows system and then you'll get a healthy Windows system and working Downloads folder in Windows 10 again.

 
 

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