In Windows 10, very often if I open a File Explorer window, or try to bring up the right-click menu, the whole Explorer shell seems to freeze, and cease to respond to input. The folder window will display but all files and folders will have a generic (white sheet of paper) icon, regardless of file type, and the shell just stays like that for up to a minute and refuses input.
All other applications remain responsive; only Explorer freezes. And then, after it "wakes up", any operations attempted while it was "in deadlock" e.g. opening other windows, bringing menus up, etc. are instantly executed.
Restarting sometimes clears the problem, but soon afterwards it returns.
This has been an issue since at least release 1803 on my laptop, which has Intel Core i7 7500U CPU, 8 GB RAM and a 512GB SSD.
Has this happened to anyone else? Any ideas what could be the cause?