How To Restart Windows 10 File Explorer

October 2016

Windows 10 is still in its infancy stage and it's not unusual for users to experience bugs, errors, and slowdowns with the File Explorer. But fortunately, most of these issues can be remedied through a simple manipulation. This guide will list the steps involved in restarting the File Explorer (no reboot required).

File Explorer Is Taking Too Much Time to Load

The File Explorer is taking too much time or fails to display the Navigation pane (the green progress bar stalled halfway):


Close/Restart the Explorer Process

Press [ALT] + [CTRL] + [Delete] to open the Task Manager. Click on More Details and navigate to the Details tab. Right-click on explorer.exe > End task. Click on End Process to close the File Explorer:


Open the Task Manager again, click on the File menu > Run new task. Type
explorer.exe
and click on OK to reopen the File Explorer:



Everything should run properly now.

N.B. If problem still persists, try to restore your system to an earlier date. A System Restore will allow you to track and undo recent modifications made to your computer (no data loss involved).

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