What to Do When Windows Explorer Crashes in Windows 10
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Sometimes, the Microsoft gods don’t take too kindly to an action you’ve performed on your system. The result? Windows Explorer crashes. Of course, there are a few ways to get it back up and running.

The most obvious solution is to restart your computer. But you don’t need to take such time-consuming steps. You can actually bring Windows Explorer back to life using another little-known trick. Keep reading to find out how it works.

Note: Remember, if Windows Explorer has crashed, you might not be able to access the on-screen power button. You can use Ctrl + Alt + Delete to restart your machine instead. Alternatively, you can pre-configure your machine’s power button Set Your PC Power Button to Turn Off Your Screen Instead Set Your PC Power Button to Turn Off Your Screen Instead By default, pressing the power button on your computer shuts it down. If you'd rather use it as a shortcut to turn off your screen, follow these easy steps to make that happen. Read More .

What to Do When Windows Explorer Crashes

What to Do When Windows Explorer Crashes in Windows 10 restart windows explorer

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager. (You can also use Ctrl + Alt + Delete, but will have to open Task Manager using the on-screen menu.)
  2. Click on the Processes tab at the top of the window.
  3. In Apps list, locate Windows Explorer.
  4. Click on the app’s name to highlight it.
  5. Select Restart in the lower right-hand corner of the Task Manager window.

Your entire screen will go black while Windows Explorer restarts. Any apps or documents you have open should still be available after the reboot, but any work you were doing within the Windows Explorer app will be lost.

Do you find yourself frequently needing to restart Windows Explorer? If you’re finding it too frustrating, you can try using an alternative instead The 7 Best Windows File Explorer Replacements The 7 Best Windows File Explorer Replacements The Windows File Explorer is decidedly more "Volvo" than "Mercedes." Perhaps it's time to dump File Explorer and use a third-party alternative? You'll be surprised by the options you have! Read More . As always, you can share your experiences with the software in the comments section below.

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  1. akhilesh
    December 19, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    I have been using this feature for long in Windows 10. Every time I return to the desktop after playing a game the taskbar is frozen.

    • Adrian Russell-Falla
      January 29, 2018 at 5:39 pm

      that’s OK; Windows is only good for playing games, anyway.

      if you want a secure and stable operating system, not a games platform, you should be using Linux; or, better yet (if you aren’t a compulsive cheapskate, your time is valuable to you, and you understand the concept of long-term cost-of-ownership) Mac OS.