Windows 11 slow Explorer

Windows 11 started rolling out on October 5 and it comes with several known issues, mostly linked to the printing service.

As we reported earlier, Microsoft has confirmed and offered a fix for performance issues experienced on AMD devices running the most recent version of Windows 11. Additionally, Microsoft has also confirmed reports of high memory usage caused by Explorer.exe (File Explorer).

It turns out that Windows 11 has another bug that slows down the performance of the context menu. This bug appears to be related to the changes made to File Explorer and the context menu – but the good news is that a fix has been developed and it is currently being tested with Insiders.

As you may be aware, File Explorer has been updated with a fresh design on Windows 11 and it also comes with a new command bar which refers to the header or action bar that appears when you open Explorer. The command bar is similar to the ribbon menu and it contains your customization settings/options.

Windows 11’s command bar replaces the traditional ribbon and it also adds support for a modern context menu.

The modern context menu, which works very well on touch devices, has a bug that causes a delay when you right-click anywhere on the desktop or Explorer. The delay is more noticeable on low-end devices or when the system is easy and some users have been able to fix it by restarting the Explorer.exe.

Thankfully, Microsoft has confirmed that it’s working on performance improvements for the context menu and Build 22478 includes a change that would improve context menu launch performance.

Microsoft has also made a few changes to improve explorer.exe reliability and reduce crashes when using File Explorer. A bug that could crash explorer.exe when using the Desktops flyout context menu is also getting a fix, and another crash bug that occurred when dismissing the desktop flyout will be fixed as well.