Have you ever had a file that doesn’t respond, and when you close it, you find that your entire desktop is lost during the process? It may be a very frustrating event, but Microsoft is working to resolve it. The upcoming Windows 10 update will allow a stand-alone process for cases by default. This in turn should reduce the impact of folders on their crash.

What does that mean?

When you open a folder in the current version of Windows, it is not independent of the rest of the operating system. It is embedded in a process called Explorer.exe, which takes care of all the needs of the folders. The problem is that Explorer also handles many other things, such as the toolbar and desktop.

If you do something in a folder and the folder crashes, the crash will cause the entire Explorer.exe process to crash at the same time. It also deletes everything that Explorer is currently running, which means that a folder hiccup can delete much more than just its contents!

How does a separate process solve this?

When files are opened in a stand-alone process, things stay a little more independent. Folders are no longer an integral part of Explorer – it’s now a branch. Similarly, if a folder does not respond, it does not affect the rest of Explorer; only this “branch” dedicated to files.

Such a division is a good way to keep the operating system more stable. By giving things its own process, it helps to curb all the problems that arise within it. The more features anxious the process, the more the feature suffers when one of these features goes wrong.

Does each file receive a process?

Unfortunately, no! This update simply merges all the files into one process. This means that if one file is lost, all the others will fall with it; however, you will find that the rest of Explorer will continue to operate despite the process failing. While it’s not a complete solution, it’s a good step toward stabilizing Windows 10.

Can you activate it now?

Yeah! Although this next update will enable this feature by default, it does not mean that it is not already on your operating system. If you don’t want to wait for the update to activate for you, you can enable a separate folder process right away and enjoy a more stable browser.

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To do this, click the Start button, type “File Explorer Options” and click Print.

Click the “View” tab.

Case process view

Find and select the “Start folder windows in a separate process” checkbox.

Case Handling check box

When you check Task Manager, you should see that the Windows Explorer process is extensible. When you click on it, you will see all the open folders.

During the process improvement

When folders are running in the Explorer main branch, which means that their instability takes up more than open folders! However, the latest update allows a separate folder process by default. If you don’t want to wait, you can always activate it manually.

Have you often crashed in Explorer? If so, do you think a separate file process will help you? Let us know below.

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