If you don’t like the new File Explorer in Windows 11, you can tweak the Windows settings to switch back to Windows 10 File Explorer on Windows 11. MiniTool Software shows you how to get the classic context menu in this post and let’s see the ways.

Curiosity is an instinct. Microsoft’s new Windows operating system – Windows 11 has been released for some time. Although its final version is not rolled out officially, many users are curious about this new OS and perform a compatibility check, then install Windows 11 on their computers. You may be the one among them.

When starting the new OS, you will find the big changes on Start Menu, Taskbar, Settings, and File Explorer (including Context Menu). If you don’t prefer some tweaks, you can change to the classic mode. In our previous post, we show you how to customize Windows 11 (related to Start Menu and Taskbar).

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Today, we will focus on the Windows 11 File Explorer. In File Explorer, you can find the interface is simplified and some options are lacking. Ribbon and traditional context menu are gone. To access the old right-click menu in File Explorer, you need to right-click anywhere and click Show more options. Besides, you can only see some icons including Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, Share, etc.

Windows 11 File Explorer

The good news is you can switch back to Windows 10 File Explorer on Windows 11 if you don’t like the new change. In the following part, two simple ways will be introduced to you.

How to Use/Restore Windows 10 File Explorer in Windows 11

Get Windows 10 File Explorer in Windows 11 via Folder Options

This is the simplest way to restore the classic File Explorer and follow these steps below.

  1. Click the three-dot menu in File Explorer and choose Options.
  2. In the Folder Options interface, go to the View tab.
  3. Move to the Advanced settings section, scroll down to find Launch folder windows in a separate process, and then check the box of this option.
  4. Click Apply and then OK to save the change.

restore Windows 10 File Explorer in Windows 11

File Explorer will automatically re-launch and you can find the classic File Explorer comes back.

Restore Windows 10 File Explorer in Windows 11 via Registry

  1. To get started, press Win + R to get the Run window, type regedit, and click OK.
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced.
  3. Right-click the Advanced key and go to New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it as SeparateProcess.
  4. Double-click this new key and set its value data to 1 to enable the old Windows 10 Explorer in Windows 11.
  5. Click OK and restart your computer. When opening File Explorer, you will find it is switched back to the classic interface of Windows 10.

switch back to Windows 10 File Explorer on Windows 11 via Registry

Tip: To enable the new Windows 11 File Explorer, change the value data to 0.

These two ways revert not only the File Explorer interface but also the context menu of File Explorer. That is, the old Ribbon interface at the top of the Explorer window appears and the Windows 10 classic context menu is available in Windows 11.

Further Tip: Restore Classic Context Menu of Both File Explorer and Desktop

Both of the two methods above can only switch back to the classic context menu of the File Explorer, but not the classic context menu of the Desktop. When right-clicking the Desktop, you can get the simplified menu.

To get Windows 10 File Explorer and Desktop classic context menu, follow these instructions.

1. Create a new text document on the Desktop and name it as Classic.

2. Open this document and copy & paste the following text to it and then save the file.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FeatureManagement\Overrides\4\586118283]

"EnabledState"=dword:00000001

"EnabledStateOptions"=dword:00000001

"Variant"=dword:00000000

"VariantPayload"=dword:00000000

"VariantPayloadKind"=dword:00000000

3. Change the file extension to .reg and you can get a registry file.

Tip: If you cannot change the extension, go to Options > View and uncheck the Hide extensions for known file types option.

4. Double-click this file, click Yes to give an administrator permission, click Yes and OK.

create a registry file

5. Restart your computer and you can get the old classic context menu on both File Explorer and Desktop.

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Final Words

How can you use Windows 10 File Explorer in Windows 11? After trying the ways mentioned above, you can easily switch back to Windows 10 File Explorer on Windows 11. As well, a further tip to restore the classic context menu for Desktop and File Explorer is also listed. Have a try if you need it.

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