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Solved: How to Fix Windows 10 File Explorer Keeps Crashing

Updated on Nov 13, 2018 by Brithny to Resource

Summary

Does your file explorer keep crashing when you right click on a file or folder? It’s a very annoying and frustrating thing if the File Explorer keeps crashing when you search files. But don’t worry. You can get rid of this trouble through this guide. Follow this guide to fix 'Windows 10 file explorer keeps crashing' issue.

Windows 10 File Explorer Keeps Crashing

"I have an issue with Windows 10. Windows explorer keeps crashing, and I am not sure why. Every 3-5 minutes my file explorer crashes. It's starting to become a huge issue and also giving me headaches to the point. Is there anybody can help me to fix 'Windows 10 file explorer keeps crashing' issue? Thanks in advance."

How to Fix Windows 10 File Explorer Keeps Crashing

It's a very annoying and frustrating thing if the File Explorer keeps crashing when you search files. But don't worry. You CAN get rid of this trouble through this guide.  

Here're two steps you can try to troubleshoot this problem. You may not have to try them all, work from the first one until you solve your problem.

1. Backup Files and Restore Lost Files Before Taking Actions

Before attempting to fix "file explorer keeps crashing" issue in Windows 10, we strongly suggest you to backup and recover your files in case of unexpected data loss after something going wrong. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is strongly recommended. It can help you recover deleted, formatted, inaccessible data from different data loss situations. You can follow the simple steps to do it:

Keep Noted:

  • First, please keep in your mind that once you lost files, stop using the device or folder immediately.
  • Second, try to find the lost files in your Recycle Bin if the lost files were saved on the desktop.
  • Third, turn to the professional file recovery software for help if nothing is found.

Step 1. Connect your device to PC.

If you lost files on an external storage device, connect the storage device to your computer firstly.

Step 2. Run this software and scan the lost file.

Run EaseUS file recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard on your PC, specify the location where you lost files and click "Scan" to scan those lost files.

Run data recovery software.

Step 3. Preview and restore file.

After the scanning, you can find and double-click to preview your lost files here:

  • Delete Files: All your deleted files are listed here.
  • Drive (with your device name): It loads all lost files here.
  • Lost Partition Files: Check first if your hard drive is formatted or partition gets deleted.
  • Extra Files: All files that lost names or paths on your drive can be found here.
Scan and find lost files.

Step 4. Choose and restore files.

Finally, select the found files, click "Recover" and navigate to save them to a secure location on your PC or another external storage device.

Restore lost files.

2. Methods on How to "Fix Windows 10 File Explorer Keeps Crashing" Issue

We provide two methods to help you fix the file explorer crashing issue, follow them.

Method 1. Clear File explorer history

  • Type control in the search box from Start. Then click Control Panel from the result.
  • Enter file in the search box on the top right of the Control Panel window. Then click File Explorer Options from the result.
  • Click Clear to clear File Explorer history. Then click Apply > OK.
  • Press the Windows logo key and E at the same time to open your File Explorer and check to see if it works fine.

Method 2. Launch Folder Windows In A Separate Process

  • Type control in the search box from Start. Then click Control Panel from the result.
  • Enter file in the search box on the top right of the Control Panel window. Then click File Explorer Options from the result.
  • Tap on the View pane. Tick on Launch folder windows in a separate process in Advanced settings. Click Apply > OK.
  • Press the Windows logo key and E at the same time to open your File Explorer and check to see if it works fine.

Method 3. Use CMD to Fix It

  • Type cmd in the search box from Start. Then right-click Command Prompt to select Run as administrator.
  • Click Yes when prompted by the User Account Control.
  • Type the following command in the Command Prompt window and press Enter to run it. 

netsh winsock reset

  • Reboot your Windows 10.
  • Press the Windows logo key and E at the same time to open your File Explorer and check to see if it works fine.

If you still can't fix this "Windows 10 file explorer keeps crashing or Windows 10 file explorer crashes on right click" issue, never hesitate to refer to File Explorer won't open in Windows 10!