Is the File Explorer behaving slowly and is sometimes blocking your workflow?

If so then it’s time to fix it and make it run faster, lightning fast!

When you File Explorer is lagging and opening slow this makes work a little bit harder, since we use the file explorer every time we need to access a document or file.

In this easy tutorial, you will learn how to optimize, fix, and repair the File Explorer from all aspects (Downloads folder, indexing, cache, Windows Explorer, Windows corrupt files, Quick Access, …).

Just follow the steps below, and the File Explorer should work fine.

Let’s go!

Repair the File Explorer Problems on Windows 10

1. Restart the Windows Explorer

Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc or right-click on the Taskbar and choose “Task Manager“.

Fix File Explorer Repair Problems Windows 10 1 Task Manager

Local and select the “Windows Explorer” from the list and click “Restart” on the bottom of the Task Manager’ window.

This should restart the Windows Explorer and the File Explorer should now be working again in case it didn’t want to before.

Fix File Explorer Repair Problems Windows 10 2 Restart Windows Explorer Task Manager

2. Clean AutomaticDestinations Folder

Next step is to clean the following folder:

%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations

Copy this path and paste it in Run to access it faster:

Fix File Explorer Repair Problems Windows 10 3 Automaticdestinations Run

Press Ctrl+A to select all files, then press Shift+Delete to delete all without recycling them.

Confirm by clicking on “Yes“.

Fix File Explorer Repair Problems Windows 10 4 Remove Automaticdestinations Content

If some items couldn’t be found, check “Do this for all current items” and click “Skip“.

Fix File Explorer Repair Problems Windows 10 5 Skip

3. Rebuild the Index

Sometimes the problems may be caused because the index is broken, let’s rebuild it!

Open the Start menu and launch “Indexing Options“.

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Click on “Advanced“.

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Click “Rebuild“.

Fix File Explorer Repair Problems Windows 10 8 Rebuild

It will say: Rebuilding the index might take a long time to complete. Some views and search results might be incomplete until rebuilding is finished.

Click “OK“.

Fix File Explorer Repair Problems Windows 10 9 Ok

4. Clear Quick Access Cache

Right-click on “Quick access” on the File Explorer and choose “Options“.

Fix File Explorer Repair Problems Windows 10 10 Quick Access Options

Click on “Clear” next to “Clear File Explorer history“. Don’t click “OK” yet.

Fix File Explorer Repair Problems Windows 10 11 Folder Options Clear Cache

Open the “View” tab, check the option “Launch folder windows in  a separate process” and click “OK“.

Fix File Explorer Repair Problems Windows 10 12 Launch Folder Process

5. Optimize the “Downloads” Folder

Now let’s make the Downloads folder run faster and optimize it.

Right-click on the “Downloads” folder and choose “Properties“.

Fix File Explorer Repair Problems Windows 10 13 Downloads Properties

Click on “Advanced“.

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Uncheck the option “Allow files in this folder to have contents indexed in addition to file properties“.

Click “OK“.

Fix File Explorer Repair Problems Windows 10 15 Contents Downloads Indexed Not Ok

Open the “Customize” tab and select “General items” for “Optimize this folder for:“.

Click “OK“.

Fix File Explorer Repair Problems Windows 10 16 Downloads Customize General Items Optimize For

6. Disable “Windows Search” Service

If you are having problems searching for your documents, disable the “Windows Search” service.

Open Run using the Windows+R keyboard shortcut and type in services.msc, click “OK“.

Fix File Explorer Repair Problems Windows 10 17 Services Msc

Right-click on “Windows Search“.

Fix File Explorer Repair Problems Windows 10 18 Windows Search Properties

Click on “Stop” and set the Startup type to Disabled. Click “OK“.

Fix File Explorer Repair Problems Windows 10 19 Windows Search Service Disabled Stop

Now your File Explorer should work faster without problems!

If you still have some problems then head to How to Fix Corrupt Files on Windows 10. You may have a corrupt Windows, just follow the steps and you should be good to go ;)

Thank you for sharing in advance.

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