File Explorer Not Responding Windows 10 [Solved]

File Explorer is an important application that is used to manages files, folders, and drives on Windows 10. But some users recently reported an error that states File Explorer not responding to Windows 10. It occurs when users try to browse some files that are stored on the hard disk. If you’re also having any relevant problem on your computer, then worry not. In this article, you will learn five easy tweaks to fix the file explorer not responding in  Windows 10.

File Explorer Not Responding Windows 10

Here is how to fix the File Explorer Not Responding Windows 10 error –

1] Restart Windows Explorer

1. Right-click on the Taskbar and select Task Manager from the menu list.

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2. Now go to the Processes tab, right-click Windows Explorer, and choose End task.

3. Then click the File option and select Run new task.

4. In the text box, type explorer.exe and then hit Enter to launch the File Explorer again.

2] Check for possible faulty programs

This problem possibly occurs if you have an AVG antivirus program installed on your computer. So remove the antivirus programs from your computer and check if the error code is gone.

3] Change display settings

You may face such an issue if the Display text size of your computer is changed. So, open the File Explorer and set the text size of the Display is 100% (Recommended) option. Further, you can also change it to 125%, 200%, but make sure it’s not 175%, as it is reported to be the cause of this issue.

1.  Right-click on the Windows icon and select Settings.

2. Open the System category.

Windows Explorer Not Responding in Windows 10 [Solved]

3. Click on the Display tab.

4. Under Scale and layout section, set the size of your text to the 100% (Recommended) option. Make sure you haven’t picked the 175%, as it is reported to be the cause of this problem.

After you change the display settings, see if you can now access the File Explorer window.

4] Clear File Explorer History

Before you begin the process, make sure you have unpinned File Explorer from the taskbar.

1. Right-click on Start and select File Explorer from the menu list.

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2. From the left pane, right-click Quick access and select Options.

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3.  On the General tab, go to the Privacy section and click the Clear button to clear the File Explorer history.

4. Now press the Windows+D keys to move to the Desktop area.

5. Right-click on the empty area select New > Shortcut.

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6.  In the text area, type the following location and then click Next.


File Explorer Not Responding in Windows 10 [Solved]

7. Give the name File Explorer for this shortcut.

8. Click on the Finish button to create the shortcut.

9. Now right-click on the File Explorer shortcut and select Pin to taskbar.

5] Disable Windows Search 

1. Open Command Prompt as administrator.

2. When UAC prompts on the screen, click the Yes button.

Disable Windows Search

3. On the next screen, copy and paste the following command:

net.exe stop "Windows search"

4. Press Enter to run the command.

If you want to disable Windows search permanently, do the following:

  • Open Start menu, type Services, and press Enter.

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  • Search for the Windows Search option, once you find it, right-click on it, and select Properties.

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  • In the properties window, change the Startup type to Disabled.
  • Then click OK to save the changes.