Saturday, October 17, 2015

Windows 10: Control Panel or File Explorer windows open twice

I've run into an issue that has plagued me since Windows 10 release. When ever the Control Panel or File Explorer windows are opened, the window opens, immediately closes, and then another windows opens which is then usable. Occasionally these second windows are unresponsive and have to be killed via Task Manager.

If this happens to you, disable the "Launch folder windows in a separate process" option in File Explorer -> Folder Options.
  1. Click on the File Explorer icon on the Task Bar.

  2. Click the File menu at the top and select "Change folder search options".

  3. Click on the View tab and scroll down to "Launch folder windows in a separate process".

  4. Uncheck the option (as shown). Click the OK button to save.
From experience this eliminates the issue.

On a side note, Microsoft support has suggested making sure system files are not corrupted. It did not work for me but it may may for you.
  1. In "Search the web and Windows" on the Task Bar, type in Command Prompt.

  2. Right click Command Prompt and select "Run as administrator". Alternately type Windows-X (hold the Windows key and type the X key) to display the power menu and select the Admin option for command line or PowerShell.

  3. In the Command Prompt (or PowerShell if selected) window, type the following command:
    dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
    The command will take some time. Wait for it to finish before continuing. The command cleans up the offline image using Microsoft online sources.
  4. Now type the following command in the window:
    sfc /scannow
    The command will take some time to complete. Allow it to finish.
Both commands are safe to use and are recommended by Microsoft support regularly.

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