Windows 10: File Explorer keeps crashing

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  1.    11 Nov 2016 #31

    jds63 said: View Post
    Good chance for some here this is either due to another program on your PC or in the context menu (when right click something) it's shell extension on list put in by that third party application.

    Use CCleaner to disable all shell extension from these third party apps or use Autoruns to do this or disable startups .
    I did this and it fixed the problem. In my case it was Format Factory shell extension that caused W10 to throw a tantrum.
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  2.    25 Nov 2016 #32

    Problem solved.... Finally!

    larc919 said: View Post
    I'm having exactly the same problem. It has happened on all 3 computers I've upgraded from 8.1 and 7 to 10. 2 of them eventually worked out OK with extreme care, but I still haven't been able to upgrade from 8.1 Pro on my main system or keep explorer.exe working past a certain point even with a clean install. Everything worked flawlessly with 8.1, so I can't see any logical reason why it wouldn't be the same with 10. It's not supposed to be a downgrade.
    I stumbled upon solving this problem with my PC. I received a message from AVG Virus program that c:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Performance\Monitor direct contained a .tmp file that was malicious. After deleting that file, I have had no more problems with my Desktop disappearing in windows 10. Hope this helps!
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  3. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 1607 on VM
       02 Apr 2017 #33

    I tried all suggestions in this thread (I have no IDT audio), other threads just like it on different forums, and even three YouTube videos on Win10 File Explorer crashes, ALL to no avail.
    Then, in Event Manager/Applications I noted entries for explorer that seemed related to "hard links." I DID in fact have some symbolic links on the computer back when it was running Win7, so I suspected that they may have been corrupted in the upgrade. I thought that the solution might result in removing the hard links. Unfortunately, I couldn't recall where they all were. In researching how to locate them, I found a shell extension that makes them appear in red in File Explorer. I installed it only to find them, but after installing it, the problem was solved without changing any symbolic links. It's called the Hard Links Shell Extension, and it's found here
    IF anyone finds that this problem resists all the different methods suggested for treating it AND knows that they installed symbolic links into their file system before upgrading to Windows 10, installing this shell extension may be worth considering. I would certainly not advise installing this extension unless these criteria are met.
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  4.    06 Apr 2017 #34

    I just thought I'd register quick to post this. It worked for me.

    It's nothing more than the top of a google search, from the Microsoft website, first response so you may have found it before you got here, but if not someone named Dan B wrote ( I'll just copy directly):

    I had this problem on Windows 10. (File explorer that freezes after a right-click)
    This was caused by somes network folders not accessibles in "Quick access". These folders are accessible only when a VPN connection is open.
    In "Quick access" options, i disabled "show recently used files" and "show frequently used folders". No more problem since.
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