How to Fix File Explorer not responding in Windows 10

Image with open file explorer window in Windows 10

File Explorer in Windows 10, called Windows Explorer in some older versions of Microsoft Windows, is a file manager. Its graphical interface provides easy access to drives, folders, files and network resources.

Often people have encountered issues with file explorer like cannot open, not responding. This post provides three ways to fix file explorer not responding in windows 10.

How to restart File Explorer using Task Manager

Open Task Manager by pressing CTRL + Shift + Esc at the same time.

Right click on Windows Explorer process, then choose restart.

How to restart File Explorer using Command Prompt

Go to the Windows 10 search bar, type cmd, and then click Command Prompt in the search result.

In the command Prompt window, type taskkill /f /im explorer.exe and then press Enter to stop the explorer.exe process.

After ending the explorer.exe process the taskbar and desktop will disappear. We can confirm that Windows 10 File Explorer is controlling other components of your operating system.

Now type start explorer.exe and then hit Enter to start the explorer.exe process.

Restart File explorer quickly

Go to the Windows 10 search bar, type notepad, and then click notepad in the search result.

In the notepad window, type the commands below:

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

Give the file a name and save it with the bat extension.

Now whenever you want to restart File Explorer, click on the batch file you just created.

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