Windows – Explorer Has Stopped Working – Crashes Windows

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Spend any time working in windows and sooner or later something will upset Windows Explorer, and when it crashes it has a habit of taking something with it (usually your desktop experience – or something you’ve been working on and have not saved!).

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The underlying problem can be anything from some poorly coded software, a dodgy device driver, or a wayward Windows update. But you can offset the problem by running Windows Explorer in its own sandboxed process, then if it does fail, it wont break anything else.

Warning there is a slight performance overhead to doing this but if you have a reasonable machine – crack on!



1. Open Windows Explorer (Windows Key +E)

2. Click Tools > Folder Options > View > Place a tick next to “Launch folder windows in a separate process” > Apply.

Note: If you can’t see the Tools Menu Press F10.

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