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I use Windows 8, and usually run a few programs and have many folders open. Quite a few times the screen freezes for a second, and when the screen is active again, all the folders have closed. This can get quite frustrating especially when working in a specific folder etc.

Is this a problem with Windows? An explorer issue? My machine? Anything I can do?

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You might be able to mitigate this by selecting "Run Explorer Windows in separate processes" from the folder options. – Darth Android Jun 3 '13 at 15:43
great thanks Ill give it a try – Jon Jun 3 '13 at 15:47
thats been working so far so good. If you make it an answer I can tick it. – Jon Jun 9 '13 at 13:05

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Try running Windows Explorer as a separate process.

Under Folder Options > View, find the "Launch folder windows in a separate process" option and enable it. This won't necessarily stop the explorer crashes, but it will spawn a new copy of explorer.exe for the shell and for each Windows Explorer window so that when one crashes, you don't lose all of the windows.

This doesn't explain the freezes, or why they are crashing in the first place, but might help mitigate the frustration of having all your windows close on you.

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