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Fix Windows Explorer has Stopped Working on windows 10

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Windows Explorer is a handler (a process) which enables you to explore the various screens on your Windows. If it stops working you will get unwanted notices telling you that it has stopped working. Some programs may also not open, the ones that works in accordance with Windows Explorer. Technically Windows explorer has stopped working error is triggered when install Third-party incompatible application software, incompatible service, corruption within Windows System Files or a driver causes interference.

This problem occurs from windows 7 system and Also Windows 10 users are suffering with this error . While working normally on window computers explorer suddenly stop working with error like.




Some times the error may be like“Windows Explorer has stopped working”
Also Some users face while open any folder contains some heavy files “Windows Installer has stopped working”
And some times this error may be”Windows Explorer is not responding”

Reasons Behind Windows Explorer is not Responding Problem

There are several things that can cause this problem. The users who don’t update windows regularly are the main victim of it. Here are the things that cause this windows explorer problem

1. Outdated windows.

2. Outdated security software.

3. Corrupted system files.

4. Problematic drivers.

5. Malware and other viruses.

6. Third-party incompatible programs.

7. Memory problems.

8. Some applications or services running on your PC may be causing Windows Explorer to stop working

9. Your operating system has become infected with a virus, which has corrupted important system files.

How To Fix windows explorer has stopped working

To resolve this issue you need to determine what is causing Windows Explorer to stop working. Try the troubleshooting steps below to help determine the issue.

If you get this error on system windows explorer has stopped working with 3 options  click on close the program . Or if after close the program windows became blank use bellow methods to Restart the Explorer first. Then After perform Bellow Troubleshooting Steps to fix This Problem from Feature cause.




Restart The Explorer

If due To This Problem or After click on close The program the windows became blank. There is nothing to do then you can Restart the Explorer using Task-manger. For This first we need to open the Task manager. Press “Ctrl+Alt+Del” key at the same time and select the Taskmanger using up-down Arrow key on keyboard and press enter. This will open the Windows Task manager.

Here at the first right top menu  task manager click on File > Run New Task >Type “explorer.exe” also check create this task with administrative privilege and hit enter.
open explorer.exe

This will start the windows Explorer so That now you can Easily perform bellow steps to Fix this problem permanently.

Run The SFC Utility

Corrupt windows System Files Cause many problems and the windows Explorer has stopped working is one of them. Windows have a SFC ( System file checker )Utility which scan windows for Important system files. And if found any thing Corrupted file During the Scanning process this will replace and repair them. Here fallow bellow steps to Run the windows SFC Utility.

First Click on windows 10 Start menu search type CMD, Here from search results Right click on command prompt and click Run as administrator.

This Will open command prompt with administrative previlage. Now  Type  command Sfc /scannow and enter to execute the command. This will start Scan your windows for errors.
Run windows SFC utility

During the Scanning process Sfc /scannow will inspect all of the important Windows files on your computer including Windows DLL files. If System File Checker finds an issue with any of these protected files, it will replace it. Wait until complete the scanning process, If windows find any error this will display otherwise No Integrity Violation’ message will occur. After complete 100% Restart your system. Then After Restart Check The problem Solved, Still Getting same error fallow next step.

Check Hard disk For Errors

Some Times This Error can occur Due to Bed Sectors on Hard Disk. And most of times users found after check the Hard disk for Errors this problem get solved for them. So scanning the system drive that Windows is installed on for disk errors is another option to resolve the issue. You can use the CHKDSK command to Check hard disk for Errors. and you need add some extra parameters to Check hard disk for errors and fix them itself. Lets see how to Repair hard disk bed sectors.




First open command prompt as administrator. you can open it through Right click on the Start button  click on Command Prompt (Admin). Or you can type CMD on Start menu search, select it form Search results Right click and select Run As Administrator.

This will open command prompt with admin privileged.  Now At the command prompt, type chkdsk /r /f /x and press Enter.

Note :  Here CHKDSK is the short of Check Disk, C: is the drive letter you want to check, /F means fix disk errors and /R stands for recover information from bad sectors and x For forcefully dismount the Drive.

chkdsk to scan and repair Hard disk Errors

This will prompt a message the volume is in use . would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts ? (Y/N)  press Y and restart windows. Windows will scan and Repair your Drive automatically wait until 100% complete. After That check the problem solved or not. If you still need help for this problem fallow next steps.

Check windows for latest Updates

Microsoft Release updates day to day to fix issues for windows. Many of these updates address hardware and software issues, but they can also fix certain security flaws, therefore if you want your PC to be safe and free from errors its highly recommended that you use Windows Update and download the latest updates.

To Check for latest available updates for windows fallow bellow steps. click on start menu and select settings- click on Update & Security from the settings window.

check for latest available updates

Here click on check for updates bellow to update status. this will check for available updates and install them. Now After install updates simply restart windows. And most of times windows update can fix this bugs like explorer has stopped working.

Check Problems for Display Drivers 

Corrupted and incompatible Device Drives may also cause this problem And Specially the Display driver. Windows explorer can crash if the video driver fails to perform as it’s supposed to be. And Which can be occur due to a corrupt or outdated driver.

To know if the graphics driver is the one giving the problem you can run the Event viewer : 

Open Administrative Tools from Control Panel Click Event Viewer, or you can simply Type event viewer on start menu search and select it form search results. Now select Windows Logs and expand it – Select Application – Here from the Actions pane, select Filter Current Log. Select ATI / NVIDIA (based on the graphics card) from the Event Sources drop down and click OK. Now select the entry marked with red exclamation from the list.

To get an updated version of drivers for your graphic card, visit your graphic card manufacturer’s website. Search by the card’s model and download the appropriate drivers compatible with your operating system and system type (x64 or x86). To know them both, hold Windows key and press R, type msinfo32 and press Enter.

Also you can Update manually the Display driver form Device manger. To do this type Device manager and hit enter key. This will open the windows Device manager where you can find all installed Device driver list. From here expend the Display Adapter And select your Graphic Card Driver. Right click on it and Select Driver software.

update display driver on windows 10

On Next Screen Select search Automatically for updated driver software. Then windows will check for latest available driver for the same. If is there any new update available windows download and install. after complete Simply restart the windows and check. If not work simply Right click on the Installed driver on Device manger windows and click on Uninstall. After that donwload the latest driver form manufacturer website and install most of time this tip work for users.

Tweak IE Options to fix This Error

Also we can make some changes on Internet explorer to fix Windows Explorer has stopped working problem. To do This first Open Internet Explorer. And  Go to “Tools > Internet Options > Advanced Tab”. Here Uncheck “Enable third-party browser extensions”.

Click Apply and ok to make save changes then after  Reboot your computer. After that check problem fixed or not.

Check Startup Services 

Some times any faulty startup item or service other than that of Microsoft can cause the explorer to crash. To Check and make sure that any startup service or item causing the problem Try to disable the start up services instead of Microsoft service. Also disable Third party Startup Application and check problem fixed. To check this fallow bellow steps.

First open Run by Hold Windows key and press R on run Type msconfig and press Enter. This will open system configuration window.

Go to the Services tab. Put a check on Hide all Microsoft Services. Then click Disable All. Restart your system. If the problem goes away, then its one of the services. These services will be automatically enabled when you start using programs. So there is no need to re-enable them. After you choose Disable All, click Apply/OK and reboot your PC.

Clear your System’s RAM from Memory Problems

Acknowledging the importance of holding key instructions and application codes, faulty RAM can cause irregular behaviors within Windows. To check for these errors, use the built-in memory diagnostic tool,  See How To Run Memory Diagnose Tool To Fix Memory Problems

Virus Scan & Registry Cleaning

Also most of times when system infected with Virus and malware windows start misbehaving. And the explorer stop working with showing errors like Windows Explorer has stopped working. for thst cause Download and install a good antivirus with latest updates installed. and after that perform a full system scan.

Same Due to virus infected third party Application install on system the windows Registry may get corrupt and through different Errors. So for this Cause we also Recommend Download Free Windows Registry cleaner tools like  Ccleaner and run to Repair Registry Errors.

Perform System Restore To solve this error

If you get this error after install third-party software or application then first use System Restore to get old settings.

click on start and type “System Restore” then click Create a System Restore point

Click System Restore and select Choose a different restore point then click Next.

Check Why and how To Enable System Restore / How to troubleshoot windows using system Restore.

These are some Best Tips to fix Windows Explorer has stopped working problem on Windows 10 computers. Have any query or any new working way for this problem feel free to Comment bellow.

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