Run Windows Explorer Folders In A Separate Process To Prevent System Freeze

Remember those days when you popped in a CD or connected a USB device to your system and it will hang indefinitely, also called system freeze. There are many other actions that can lead to system freeze and most of them have to do with Explorer Windows. System freeze can be unexpected and can even hit your powerful i7 core system running Windows 7, nothing can escape its clutches and the only solution most users are left up with is to restart their system.

Luckily, Microsoft has included a very useful option hidden inside the “Folder and Search options” of Explorer that launches folder windows in a separate process. It is only for advanced users and is to be enabled in the system which has a lot of spare resources, i.e, lots of RAM.

Navigate to Organize -> Folder & Search Options -> View tab, and tick ‘Launch folder windows in a separate process’ option.

Now the next time one of your folder hangs, it will not freeze your whole system.

So why is this option not enabled by default? Because it has many side effects and should not be used on systems with less than 4GB RAM (since it takes slightly more memory). Also it can confuse Explorer extensions when they find there are more than one instance of them running.

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About Alyse Kalish

Alyse Kalish
As an Associate Editor for The SalesJobInfo, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.

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