1.    25 Feb 2016 #1
    Join Date : Feb 2016
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10

    Explorer keeps restarting itself

    When I open certain folders, Windows Explorer just restarts itself. There is no "explorer has stopped working" message and the screen doesn't fade as if it's hanging.

    Sometimes, it just closes the explorer window instantly when opening a folder and reloads the taskbar, but sometimes it opens the folder, shows no files and says "Working on it..." for about 5 seconds and the entire PC freezes before closing the folder and reloading the taskbar (essentially restarting explorer).

    I can't access files on a certain folder that I need, and I even tried copying the folder I need to access and pasting it onto my desktop to see if I could work around it that way, but that just causes the same thing to happen and doesn't paste the folder.

    It only seems to happen in folders with certain files in them. I program multiplayer game servers and have quite a few different folders containing the files for these different servers and it only seems to happen with these folders. It's like explorer has a problem with showing a particular file type or something.
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  2.    25 Feb 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 5,797
    Win 10 Pro (1607)

    Hi, try this freeware program:
    Shellexview by Nirsoft (lots of goodies there).
    Download, install, launch.
    Hide all MS shell extensions (else could cause problems).
    Disable all others

    See if your symptoms change.

    If the problem is solved, you need to progressively enable extensions until the problem recurs.
    Thus you identify the problem and either uninstall the relevant program or disable the extension

    Also very useful for identifying what's causing rt click to open slowly.

    Likewise if that doesn't show anything, start from a clean boot - see if things are better if you clean boot. Then enable more progressively until the problem recurs.
    Clean Boot - Perform in Windows 10 to Troubleshoot Software Conflicts

    Should neither of those work, retry in Safe Mode - failure there probably indicates repairing Windows may be appropriate.
    (E.g. Shift + Restart, follow the prompts on restart)
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