Fix File Explorer Would Not Open On Windows 10 [Solved]

If you are having the problem of not being able to open up File Explorer on Windows 10, then there is no need to worry about the same. It’s just a normal issue which many users have been facing since they have upgraded from their older version of Windows to the newer version.

Below Mentioned are some of the steps which could help you to solve the issue.

Method 1: Changing the display settings

Step 1: Press Windows icon on the keyboard along with ‘i’ simultaneously to open up the settings window. From there select the System option.



Step 2: On the Display sub-menu, change the size of the text to 100%, 125% or 200% respectively. Do not keep it to 175%. That is most likely to cause the problem.




check if the file explorer opens now or not.

Method 2: Checking for faulty programs

Some of the users have have seen that the usage of various antiviruses has caused this error to happen. Once it is shut down from the Task Manager, File Explorer would be opening up again.

You should also do the same accordingly in case there is any sort of usual activities going on in your PC.

Method 3: Restarting the application in Task Manager

Step 1: Press Ctrl+Esc+Shift to open up Task Manager. Then Search For Windows Explorer.


Task Manager 1


Step 2: Right Click on the Windows Explorer option and select End task.


Task Manager


Step 3: After this, click on the File option on the top left corner of the screen and select Run new task.


Run New Task


Step 4: Type in explorer.exe in the box and click on Enter.



Method 4: Clearing the history cache and putting up a new path

Step 1: Right click on the File Explorer option and select the option which says Unpin from Taskbar.


Step 2: click on Windows key and ‘X’ at the same time and click on the File Explorer from the list that pops up.

File Explorer


Step 3: Right click the Quick Access link from there and select Options.




Step 4: After that, click on the General tab from the pop-up menu and then select the Clear option under the Privacy sub-section. Therefore, your File Explorer search history would be cleared off totally.




Step 4: Right click on the blank space on desktop and select the Shortcut option from the New option.





Step 5: Type in the address as shown below and click on Next.

Step 6: rename the file name to File Explorer and Click on Next. Then you would be asked to put in the name for your file accordingly. Click on Finish.




Step 7: Right click on the newly created shortcut and then click on Pin to taskbar


Pin To Task Bar


This should be able to fix up your problem.

Method 5: Disabling Windows Search

Step 1: Open Command Prompt from the search box and right click on the option to select the Run as Administrator.




Step 2: click YES on the windows which pops up next


Uac Command Prompt



Step 3: In the command prompt windows, type in the command which has been marked in red below and click on the Enter button.


Windows Search (1)


If you happen to stop the Windows Search completely, then you could follow the following steps. These are:

  1. Press Windows key + R at the same time. After the pop up window opens up type in the following command.
  2. Services Msc In Run Command


  1. spot the Windows Search option and double click on it to open the properties of the same.




3. In the properties tab, change the Startup type to Disabled and click on Ok.




Things on your PC would seem going on much smoother now and even if it doesn’t you must perform a clean refresh of your system. Your problem would be solved in an instant.