(Solved) Windows 10 File Explorer Keeps Crashing Repair Guide

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Does your File Explorer crash when you right-click a file or folder? It is very annoying and frustrating when the File Explorer crashes again and again while browsing the files.

When users try to open a folder, the File Explorer window and taskbar close immediately and sometimes reopen after a few seconds. Microsoft has already released a number of cumulative updates to fix this problem, but many users still report crashes in the File Explorer. But don't you worry. Here are some steps you can try to solve this problem. You may not have to try them all, just work from the first to solve your problem.

How To Fix Windows 10 File Explorer Keeps Crashing

Fix 1 - Update video driver

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An obsolete video driver can also cause the File Explorer to crash. You can fix this problem by updating your video card driver.

You can manually update your video driver by visiting your video card manufacturer's website and checking the latest correct driver. Be sure to select drivers that are compatible with your version of Windows 10.

Fix 2 - Give your account permission to access the contents of the folder.

1) Press Windows and E on your keyboard simultaneously to open the File Explorer.
2) Right-click any file folder in your File Explorer. Then click Properties.
3) Touch the Security window, then click Advanced.
4) Click Change in the pop-up window. Then enter your account name in the box and click OK.

NOTE: If you are not sure, follow these instructions:
Click Advanced > Search Now.
Find and click on your account from the search results.
Then click OK to return to the previous window.

5) It will automatically return to the Advanced Security Settings window.
Select the Replace owners on subcontainers and objects check box.
Then click OK.
6) Back in the File Explorer window, this time right-click the folder where you want to define full access to your account. And click Properties.
Then click Advanced > Add.
7) Click Select Applicant. Then enter your account as in the previous steps and click OK.

Fix 3 - Perform a Netsh and Winsock reset

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  • Type cmd in the search box > right click Command Prompt > Run as administrator.
  • Type netsh at the command prompt > press Enter.
  • Type winsock at the command prompt > press Enter.
  • You can also use the entire netsh winsock reset command in one attempt.

Fix 4 - Make a clean start.

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A clean boot process is performed to boot Windows with a minimum of drivers and boot programs. This avoids software conflicts that occur when installing a program or an update or running a program under Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista. You can also fix bugs or determine which conflict is causing the problem by performing a clean boot.

Please note when running a clean boot:

You must log in to your computer as an administrator to perform a clean boot.

Your computer may temporarily lose some functions if you boot without problems. If you start the computer normally, the functionality returns. However, if the problem persists, you may receive the original error message or behavior.

If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may prevent you from performing these steps. We strongly recommend that you do not use the system configuration utility to change your computer's advanced boot options unless requested to do so by a Microsoft support technician. This may render the computer unusable.

I suggest you try the steps from this guide to get started on your computer. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/929135

Fix 5 - Run DISM or system update preparation tool

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Windows corruption errors can prevent the installation of Windows updates. For example, an update may not be installed if a system file is corrupted. The DISM or System Update Readiness tool can help you correct some Windows corruption errors.

The above methods are solutions to a crash problem in Windows Explorer. If Explorer does not restart automatically after the crash, you can also restart Windows Explorer manually.

If you know of other ways to solve the Windows Explorer crash problem, please let us know in the comments below.