Windows Explorer not responding when I access Downloads folder

windows 8.1windows-explorer

I have a Dell XPS L502X running on a genuine Windows 8.1 installed 4 days ago. Everything is fine but what happened now is whenever I try to access my Downloads folder, Windows Explorer stops responding. Everything else runs fine. What do I do?

Best Answer

If you have many files, it could be that the Windows is struggling to 'keep-up' so to speak. Happens to me when I open certain folders that are filled with executable files. The files have generic icons, after a couple of moments (minutes), it works nicely.

Do you have to restart Explorer or does it fix itself after a while? If the latter, you can delete the folder as Peter Maxwell says or hide some of the larger files.

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