The updated File Explorer is one of the major changes introduced with Windows 11. The new File Explorer leaves the ribbon interface introduced with Windows 7 for a new toolbar.
File Explorer in Windows 11 certainly looks new. In addition to a new toolbar, there is also a new context menu. In addition, the space between two icons or two items in File Explorer has been increased so that touch device users can easily access files and folders.
The new file explorer is better than Windows 10’s file explorer in many ways. Users who have used the classic Windows 10 style file explorer for years may also want to use Windows 10 style File Explorer in Windows 11.
Fortunately, there is a provision in the Windows registry to restore Windows 10 Explorer in Windows 11 as well. So in this guide, we will tell you how to restore Windows 10 Explorer in Windows 11.
Method 1 of 2
Restore Windows 10 File Explorer in Windows 11
Step 1: Use Search to open the Registry Editor.
Step 2: With the Registry Editor open, use the left pane to navigate to the following location:
Tip: You can copy and paste the above path into the address bar of the Registry Editor and press Enter to quickly navigate the location.
Step 3: Right click on an empty place on the right side, click New, click DWORD-32 Value and name it SeperateProcess.
Step 4: Finally, double click the newly created separated process to open the Properties dialog box and change the value data from the default value 0 to 1.
Save your work and restart your PC. Windows 10 Explorer should now be visible in Windows 11.
Method 2 of 2
Create a desktop shortcut for the Windows 10 File Explorer in Windows 11
In this guide, we’ll create a desktop shortcut for the classic file explorer. You can use this shortcut to open Windows 10 File Explorer without disabling the new File Explorer.
Step 1: Right-click on the desktop, click New Item and then click Shortcut. This opens the Create Shortcut Wizard.
Step 2: In the “Specify the location of the item” field, copy and paste the following path:
explorer.exe shell: appsFolder
Click the Next button.
Step 3: Enter a name for the shortcut. Use Classic Explorer or Windows 10 Explorer for easy recognition. Click the Finish button to create the shortcut icon on the Windows 11 desktop.
Now you can double click this newly created File Explorer shortcut to open Windows 10 style File Explorer in Windows 11.
Tip: If you don’t like the new file explorer in Windows 11, install the new Files from Store app. It is a third-party file explorer with an excellent set of features.
Our guide on how to get Windows 10 Start menu in Windows 11 may also interest you.