FIX: New folders cause File Explorer to freeze in Windows 10

Your Windows explorer might freeze because of any system malfunctions or third party apps that are installed on the computer. Here are some methods to resolve the issue of explorer getting stuck. Just read and follow the step by step given below.

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How to fix the explorer freeze error?

Edit your registry:

  • Head over to the start menu and type Regedit, then press Enter.
  • The Registry Editor window will appear on your screen. 
  • On the left panel, choose the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT folder.
  • Next, navigate to and select the CLSID folder.
  • Now head over to the folder:[8E74D236-7F35-4720-B138-1FED0B85EA75]
  • Right-click on the ShellFolder
  • Choose the Permissions feature from the menu and click on the Advanced button.
  • Now choose the Owner tab.
  • Click on the Change button present under the Owner tab.
  • Select the box next to Replace for the sub-containers and objects
  • Select the box next to Replace all child object permissions with inheritable permissions from this subject and press OK
  • In the list of usernames, select your username and head over to Permissions for Users.
  • Select the Allow box on the Full Control option and click OK
  • Double click on the Attributes icon in the DWORD window
  • Set Value Data to 0 and click Ok
  • Close the Registry Editor window and restart your PC

Perform an SFC scan:

  • Press Windows key + X key
  • The command prompt window will open click on the run an administrator.
  • Now type in the following command.


  • Then press Enter
  • Let the command run, and after it, restart your computer

Reset the computer:

  • Head over to settings
  • Go to Windows Update and choose Recovery
  • Now select the option Reset this PC
  • Next, click on Get Started and follow the instructions given on the screen


I hope you were able to fix the explorer freeze error using this guide.

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