How to Fix Windows 8, 8.1, 10 File Explorer Crash

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How to fix Windows 8 Explorer Crash issue

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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are stable systems that can be installed on both portable and desktop devices. Even though Microsoft tried to address all the Windows issues by releasing different OS updates it seems that one problem is still present in the Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 platform: the File Explorer crash.
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In case you are experiencing multiple File Explorer (explorer.exe) issues then you should follow this tutorial in order to learn how to easily fix these bugs and how to enjoy a stable and smooth OS. The troubleshooting solutions detailed here will fix the common explorer bugs and issues from Windows 8 and from Windows 8.1, thus don’t hesitate and give it a try before doing anything else.

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How to fix Windows 8 Explorer Crash issue

Disable Cloud Storage Extensions

  1. On your computer go to your Start Screen.
  2. From there press the “Wind + R” dedicated keyboard keys in order to launch the Run sequence.
  3. On the Run box type “regedit” and click “ok”.win+run
  4. From left panel of Registry Editor go to “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT” and go to the “CLSID{8E74D236-7F35-4720-B138-1FED0B85EA75} ShellFolder” key.registry root
  5. From there right click on the ShellFolder key, head towards Permissions and select “advanced”.
  6. Tap on Owner and select “change”. You should be the owner so type in your username and click “ok”.
  7. Under your username you need to check “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects”.
  8. Furthermore, from the bottom of the same window check “Replace all child object permissions with inheritable permissions from this subject” and finally click on “ok”.shellfolder
  9. You will be back on the Permissions for SellFolder window.
  10. From there check the “full control” box and click “ok” – now you will be back on Registry Editor.
  11. From the right panel of Registry Editor click on Attributes key and set the value to “0”.
  12. Save your changes and reboot your Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 device.

Resolve the DLNA conflict

On Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 you have a new Shell extension: dlnashext.dll. This extension can be in conflict with classic DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) protocol making your File Explorer crash. So, you should resolve the DLNA conflict for being able to fix your problem.

  1. Similar as above on your device open Registry Editor.
  2. From there navigate to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionShell ExtensionsApproved”.dlna
  3. On the right panel of Registry Editor you should find the key dubbed as “{289AF617-1CC3-42A6-926C-E6A863F0E3BA}”.
  4. Double click on the same and set the value to “0”.edit string
  5. Save the changes and restart your Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 device.

Scan system directory and repair issues automatically

  1. If File Explorer crashes on startup, go to your Start Screen and launch the run box – similar as explained above.
  2. On the Run box type “cmd” and click ok”.
  3. On the cmd window type “SFC /SCANNOW” and press enter.
  4. Wait while System File Checker is repairing your computer.
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If you are having problem while scanning your Windows 8 device, learn how to fix chkdsk issue. Congratulations, you have successfully fixed the File Explorer issues from your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 OS. Don’t forget to share your experience with use by using the comments field from below.

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