Windows 10: File Explorer keeps crashing
I did this and it fixed the problem. In my case it was Format Factory shell extension that caused W10 to throw a tantrum.
Problem solved.... Finally!
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!
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.
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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