Windows 11 is the latest version of operating system that comes with plenty of features, eye-catching UI, highly responsive and easy-to-use features. If you are using Windows 10 and you meet the minimum system requirements of installing Windows 11, then you can easily upgrade your OS to Windows 11.
Bugs and Windows are related since the beginning and it still exists with Windows 11. As you know windows is a graphical rich OS, it gets hung, frozen, and stuck sometimes. In this tutorial, we will know how to overcome the following situation.
- Windows Explorer has stopped working
- Windows Explorer not loading on Startup.
- File Explorer not responding.
- Taskbar and Start menu not working
- Desktop hangs or freeze.
- Awaking PC doesn’t load the taskbar icon, etc.
The above situation is very common among computer user who uses the Windows-based operating system, and in this tutorial, we are going to fix it.
Why does Windows Explorer, Taskbar, start menu, and Desktop stop responding?
There may be dozens of reasons behind the “Windows Explorer has stopped working” issue but some of them are very common and cause the above issue most of the time.
- Graphics card driver is outdated, corrupted, or not working properly.
- Windows core files are damaged or corrupted. These files may be dll file, sys file, inf file, exe file, etc.
- Virus/Trojan/Malware issue. Your computer may be infected with a virus or malware and causing windows explorer to stop working.
- Third-party apps or services may interrupt windows explorer to load properly.
- Corrupted registry file is one of the most common reasons behind file explorer failure.
- Small size of RAM also cause the desktop freezing issue.
- Something is using 100% processor resources and causing an explorer hanging issue.
- High I/O usage is one of the most common reasons behind the Windows Explorer not responding issue.
How to make Windows Explorer to work again
As you know the reason why it freezes, it is the time to fix these problems. There are some effective techniques are described below that will surely give you a complete solution.
If your windows explorer is not starting, you can start it as follows:
Ctrl + Shift + Escto open Task Manager. Click on
File > New Task.
If Explorer is loading but not working properly, you should restart it using the Task Manager.
Ctrl + Shift + Escto open Task Manager.
Windows + Ctrl + Shift + B simultaneously to restart the video driver. You will notice the screen flickering but don’t worry, it is normal.
Method 1: Fix using Advanced System Repair Tool
Finding and fixing the exact reason behind Windows Explorer/Taskbar/Start/Desktop freezing issue might be time consuming and lengthy process. As you know there might be dozens of reasons behind this issue and examining all these issues manually may be a headache for you. Instead of fixing yourself, just trust the professionals and let Advanced System Repair Tool fix problems. It is one of the best PC optimizer tools that does lots of work in the background to provide you with error-free, smooth, and fast computer environments to work.
Method 2: Start Windows in Safe Mode
Start Windows in Safe Mode and examine the problem in safe mode. If windows explorer is working in safe mode properly it means the graphics card driver is damaged, corrupted, or outdated. You must update the video driver to resolve the explorer not loading issue.
Method 3: Update Video Driver or Graphics Driver using Device Manager
An outdated video driver is the most obvious reason behind the explorer’s failure. You must check for the video driver and if it is outdated, immediately update it. If there is a dedicated graphics card is installed, then also update the driver for that device. Here, are some tips on how you can easily update your current driver.
Device Manager allows you to manage all your devices, hardware, and drivers from one place. You can install and uninstall, update, stop, start, restart, and disable a device, hardware, and all its driver in one place. Let’s see here how you can update the video driver from the device manager.
After updating the driver, just reboot your PC and most probably you won’t get the windows explorer not loading or freezing issue.
Method 4: Download the Update directly from the Manufacturer’s website
Find the name and version number and all other information for your video driver and directly download them from the manufacturer’s website. It is one of the best-proven methods to fix explorer not responding issues by updating the video graphics card.
In this way, you can update your video driver graphics card and resolve desktop freeze or windows explorer not working issue.