File Explorer dies unless launched from MyComputer

  1. Posts : 2

    File Explorer dies unless launched from MyComputer

    Hi All.

    I'm using Win10 (Version 2004, build 19041.867). This problem seems to have come around in the last month or so; worked fine until then.

    If I launch the file explorer with windowskey-E or from the search bar it dies a second after launching, taking with it my other windows but they come back after a second. (They disappear from the task bar but return fully intact, except file explorer itself). If I click on MyComputer on the desktop it works fine.

    This is driving me crazy. Can anyone explain why this is happening.
      My Computer

  2. Posts : 17,049
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170

    By the way, your description sounds like Windows crashing then automatically restarting.

    1 I suggest SFC in the first instance SFC-DISM - TenForumsTutorials

    2 Then try a Repair Install - TenForumsTutorials

    If that does not resolve matters then post back to seek more help. I do not know what might usefully be done next to diagnose the problem.

      My Computer

  3. Posts : 5,406
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit

    Buggy shell extension can cause problems also corrupted media file can cause File Explorer to crash.

    Disable third-party shell extensions to found out any one of them causing file explorer to crash.

    Fix: Slow Right Click and Explorer Crashes Caused by Shell Extensions - Winhelponline

    ShellExView - Shell Extension Manager For Windows
      My Computer

  4. Posts : 2
    Thread Starter

    I finally got around to looking at this. Using ShellExView I narrowed it down to LibreOffice Property Handler. Interestingly if I disabled and re-enabled it, or enabled it only after windows started, it came good.

    But in the end I had an old LibreOffice version (3.6) and upgrading it fixed the issue.

    Thank you for your help.
      My Computer

  5. Posts : 5,406
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit

    You are very welcome!
      My Computer


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