How to Prevent Explorer.exe Crash with this Simple Trick

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If you are using Windows for a while then there is a good chance that you have received this error message:

Error: Windows Explorer has stopped working.

The worst part is that even when you restart the Windows Explorer the error keeps appearing randomly during work time.

In most cases, knowing the cause of the problem is very difficult and we do not really know the cause of the crash, the problem can either come from data inaccessible by the Explorer or by a   system-level crash that requires repair.

However, there is a very useful trick to separate processes from folders in Windows Explorer; like that if a process “crash” your Windows is not going to crash!

How does it work?

When you open a new window, and that window crashed your entire system stops working…

The solution is to separate the Windows Explorer from the rest. This way only your open windows crashes, not your system.

To activate process separation on Windows Explorer follows this procedure.

Here is the result of this manipulation.

How to separate Explorer.EXE processes

Separate Explorer.EXE processes into one command:

And yes, because I like easy things I invite you to open several files on Windows Explorer and execute this command:

explorer /separate

You will notice that the new Explorer will be opened in a new process.

How to Protect Explorer.Exe and Separate Processes

First in your Control Panel click on “File Explorer Options“.

You can also open the File Explorer Options using File > “Change folder and search options“.

In the tab “View“, check “Always show icons, never thumbnails“.

Also check “Launch folder windows in a separate process“.

Click “OK“.

Fix Windows Files with SFC /SCANNOW

You can also fix the Explorer from crashing by running this command in a new administrator command prompt:

sfc /scannow

If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment down below!

Thanks for sharing ;)

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Soufiane is a young computer scientist and specialist in web design, knows a lot of things in the computer world. This enthusiast enjoys helping people innovate and learn more about the IT world...

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