Windows 10 – Search, Start and Explorer Freezing

Windows 10 – Search, Start and Explorer Freezing

The problem

A recent update to Windows 10 has had a great many people reporting problems with the search, start and explorer functions freezing or stalling the system, including me.

Doing a search I have found various solutions to the problem…. none of which cured the problems on my computer. So I decided to do some investigating on my system.

The Cause

The problems appear to be related to incorrect permissions being attributed to parts or the Windows 10 system. Basically you the user do not have permission to fully run parts of Windows 10!

A Solution (on my system)

I found that the following works on my system and hopefully will work for you. Please note that this needs to be applied each time you start your system but it’s pretty quick to do.

Start your system afresh, login and hit Ctrl+Alt+Del to bring up the Task Manager.

Make sure the Processes tab is selected.

Find Explorer in the Processes list and do a right click on it.

Click on Restart.

Find Explorer in the Processes list again and do a right click on it.

Click on Open file location.

In the file listing, right click on Explorer.exe and select Run as administrator, if you are not logged in as administrator you may have to enter the admins password.

Close all windows and pallets.

Done

As I said this works for me until next restart.

Waiting for Microsoft to fix this… it seems to be taking a while?