Windows 10: File Explorer - takes forever to open

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  1.    2 Weeks Ago #1

    File Explorer - takes forever to open


    File Explorer has always opened immediately (for 20 odd years).
    Suddenly it (Quick Access) takes so long that it's just not worth trying to use it (but of course one must).

    Anyone have any ideas about how Explorer could be affected by a recent update or other event?
    Or better still does anyone have a solution?

    ps Control Panel also doesn't show content ... just empty frame
    Last edited by nithig; 2 Weeks Ago at 10:20.
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  2.    1 Week Ago #2

    Next day:- once again a reboot has fixed this problem however it has occured a few times now and so I'm interested
    in what may be causing this.
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  3. Posts : 963
    Windows 10 Professional
       1 Week Ago #3

    Hey, the next time this happens, can you try this combination of keys?

    Control + Windows Key + Shift + B
    (This shuts off & restarts your graphics card in a split second.)

    Then try to continue using File Explorer.
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  4.    1 Week Ago #4

    thanks pepanee
    will note & use next time it happens
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  5.    1 Week Ago #5

    Used the graphics card restart combo of keys and indeed the desktop flickered but it did not resolve the issue.
    The only way I know how to restore the Explorer etc is by a restart.
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  6. Posts : 963
    Windows 10 Professional
       1 Week Ago #6

    Darn. I was hoping that key combo works.

    One other thing to note is that whenever my Explorer starts responding very slowly is that I can Log Off, then Log back In and everything starts working normally again. (I do that to avoid doing the restart since it takes slightly more time to restart the computer).
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  7. Posts : 33,156
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       1 Week Ago #7

    pepanee said: View Post
    Darn. I was hoping that key combo works.

    One other thing to note is that whenever my Explorer starts responding very slowly is that I can Log Off, then Log back In and everything starts working normally again. (I do that to avoid doing the restart since it takes slightly more time to restart the computer).
    This comes in real handy to quickly restart Explorer:

    Restart Explorer Context Menu - Add in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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  • Posts : 12,532
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       1 Week Ago #8

    nithig said: View Post
    Used the graphics card restart combo of keys and indeed the desktop flickered but it did not resolve the issue.
    The only way I know how to restore the Explorer etc is by a restart.
    One thing comes to mind... If you have some network link in Quick access (pinned, or in recent folders section), Latest update broke some network connections. In that case Explorer would tkae some time to open..

    - check that all of your network connections are online and accessible,
    - or clear them from list.

    You can check recent list from right click on Explorer icon in taskbar too.
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  • Posts : 963
    Windows 10 Professional
       1 Week Ago #9

    f14tomcat:

    I've manually ended the Explorer.exe task through the Task Manager and re-ran it from there (File > Run > Explorer.exe)
    I've never had any luck doing it that way; the computer stays very unresponsive.
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  • Posts : 33,156
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       1 Week Ago #10

    pepanee said: View Post
    f14tomcat:

    I've manually ended the Explorer.exe task through the Task Manager and re-ran it from there (File > Run > Explorer.exe)
    I've never had any luck doing it that way; the computer stays very unresponsive.
    Worth a shot. Sounds you have an ornery Explorer. :)
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