Windows 10 FTP client not working [FIX]

Elsie Otachi By: Elsie Otachi
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Whenever you encounter an error such as Windows 10 FTP Client is not working, it could be brought about by several reasons.

One of these reasons is when you don’t have permissions from the owner of the FTP site to open it in a Windows Explorer window.

Whatever the reason, here are some solutions you can try to fix the issue.

How to fix Windows 10 FTP client issues

Solution 1: Use Passive FTP

Passive FTP is a secure data transfer form whereby the data flow is set up, and initiated by the FTP client, than by the FTP server program.

Follow the steps below to do this:

  • Open Internet Explorer
  • Click Tools
  • Select Internet Options

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  • Open Advanced tab

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  • Go to Enable FTP folder view check box and see if it is checked

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  • Repeat the same steps with Use Passive FTP box (under browsing)

Windows 10 ftp client not working

Check whether it helps fix the Windows 10 FTP client not working issue. If not, try the next solution.


Solution 2: Temporarily turn off firewalls and any antivirus or malware prevention software

A firewall, antivirus or anti-malware program, may at times prevent the FTP client from working. If this is the cause of the issue, turn either of the three off temporarily then try to visit the website you wanted.

Ensure you turn these programs back on immediately after you’re done to prevent hackers, viruses and worms from damaging your system.

If you can access the FTP files after disabling, you need to give exceptions by doing the following:

  • Right click Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • Click System and Security

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  • Click Windows Firewall

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  • Click Change Setting
  • Click Exceptions tab
  • Put a check mark on FTP port 43 to allow connections to FTP sites
  • Click OK
  • Close running windows or programs
  • Restart your computer and try again

If the Windows 10 FTP client not working issue persists, try the next solution.


Solution 3: Open in Compatibility view

Sometimes the problem could persist due to a compatibility hitch between Internet Explorer and the website you are on. This could be solved by adding the site to your Compatibility view list.

Do the following to execute this:

  • Launch Internet Explorer
  • Select Tools
  • Select Compatibility View settings

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  • Go to Add this website

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  • Enter the URL of the website you want to add
  • Click Add

If you do this and the problem persists, it may not be with compatibility, in which case you can remove the site from the list.

Once you turn on Compatibility view, Internet Explorer will show the site each time you visit it. However, it is important to know that not all issues are to do with incompatibility, some can be caused by interrupted connectivity, heavy traffic, or website issues.


Solution 4: Reset Internet Explorer

If the Windows 10 FTP client not working problem persists, then you can try to reset Internet Explorer.

This action, however, is irreversible, and may reset security or privacy settings added to the list of Trusted Sites, including parental control settings so note the sites before you do the reset.

Here are the steps to resetting Internet Explorer settings to the factory default settings:

  • Close all windows
  • Select Tools
  • Select Internet Options

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  • Select Advanced tab

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  • Select Reset
  • Go to Reset Internet Explorer Settings
  • Select Reset
  • Select Close once default settings have been applied
  • Click OK
  • Restart your computer to apply changes

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Solution 5: Allow FTP connections

Here are the steps to do this:

  • Right click Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • Click System and security

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  • Click Windows Firewall

Windows 10 ftp client not working

 

  • Click Change Setting
  • Click Exceptions tab
  • Add a check mark next to FTP port 21 to allow connections to FTP sites
  • Click OK on firewall settings then close other windows
  • Restart your PC
  • Try connecting FTP client again

Solution 6: Run Internet Explorer Performance Troubleshooter

Here’s how to do this:

  • Click Start
  • In the search box, type Troubleshooting
  • Select Troubleshooting
  • Click View all

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  • Click Internet Explorer Performance

 

  • Click Next

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  • Follow the prompts to run troubleshooter

If the Windows 10 FTP client not working problem persists, then you can try the next solution.


Solution 7: Disable unwanted add-ons on Internet Explorer

Add-ons are apps used by Internet Explorer to interact with web content such as games or videos, and these apps can be toolbars and extensions as well like Adobe Flash or Quicktime player.

However, you can only install and use add-ons in Internet Explorer for desktop computers.

Add-ons can sometimes cause the FTP client not to work, plus they can also pose a security or compatibility risk. You can turn off specific ones if you suspect that they’re causing the Windows 10 FTP client not working problem.

Follow the steps below to turn off or disable unwanted add-ons:

  • Open Internet Explorer
  • Select Tools

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  • Select Manage add-ons

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  • Under Show tab

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  • select All add-ons

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  • Select the add-on you want to turn off
  • Select Disable

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  • Click Close

To remove the add-ons (though not all can be removed) from your computer, do the following:

  • Open Internet Explorer
  • Select Tools

Windows 10 ftp client not working

  • Select Manage add-ons

Windows 10 ftp client not working

  • Under Show tab, select All add-ons

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  • Select the add-on you want to remove or delete
  • If it can be deleted, the Remove option will appear, select Remove
  • Click Close

Did any of these solutions help fix the Windows 10 FTP client not working problem? Let us know in the comments section below.

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