How to Get Windows 10’s File Explorer on Windows 11?

Microsoft redesigned File Explorer in Windows 11, but if you don’t want it, you can restore Windows 10 Explorer to Windows 11 using this simple. Microsoft has integrated several new features into Windows 11 and has redesigned the user interface. To get Windows 10 File Explorer back on Windows 11, you can modify a registry value to get the job done.

The new look of Windows 11 Explorer hides or loses several options. Suppose you upgraded from Windows 10 to Windows 11. In that case, it is pretty challenging to get familiar with the new File Explorer as the traditional ribbon and context menu are gone, as is the list of other features. However, the good news is that the old File Explorer is not 100% obsolete, and you can keep Windows 10 File Explorer on Windows 11.

Windows 11 Default File Explorer look:

Windows 11 Classic File Explorer look:

Luckily, it is possible to get the old Windows 10 File Explorer back on Windows 11. It will restore classic ribbon and jump menus on right-click context menu. However, you need to edit the registry file. This risewindows article will show you how to get Windows 10’s File Explorer in Windows 11.

How to Reclaim Windows 10 File Explorer on Windows 11?

Follow the below-mentioned steps to get the Windows 10 File Explorer to Windows 11:-

Step 1. First, open Registry Editor.

To do so,  launch the Registry Editor, press Windows + R keys simultaneously from the keyboard to open the Run dialog box. In the Run box, type regedit and hit Enter from the keyboard.

Step 2. Now, in the registry editor, navigate to the following key from the left side pane:-


Step 3. Then, on the right side of the Advanced key, double-click on the DWORD (32-bit) Value SeperateProcess and change its Value data from 0 to 1.

Step 4. After that, click OK.

Step 5. Finally, reboot your computer to apply the changes.

After completing the above steps, Windows 10 File Explorer will turn into Windows 11. So, the Ribbon menu will appear, and even right-click menu on File Explorer will turn to Classic. Even some of the icon designs may be a bit different. For instance, the library folders in Windows 11 are in different colors, not just yellow.

If you change your mind and want to restore the default File Explorer of Windows 11 in the future, then repeat the above steps and in step 3, change the Value data of SeperateProcess from 1 to 0. Restart your computer, and you will see a brand-new Windows 11 File Explorer.

Further, decrease the distances between icons on Windows 11 File Explorer to get a complete look and feel of Windows 10 File Explorer.

That’s it for the article.

I hope it will be helpful to you.

Good luck & keep reading, guys.

Also read: How to Increase or Decrease Space between Items in File Explorer on Windows 11?

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