Users encounter this issue of Download Folder is not responding, when there is a problem with the File Explorer. Due to this issue, you cannot be able to access any of your files and folders and it is caused because of file corruption or low memory. In this article, you will read the method to fix Download Folder is Not Responding in Window 10 &11. For details, tap on www.office.com/setup.
Method To Fix If Download Folder is Not Responding in Window 10/11:
1. Run DISM and SFC Scan:
The user should hit on the Start button and then write cmd and then choose Run as administrator from the search results. After this, you should enter the below command and then hit on Enter key to run it:
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
When the scanning process complete, then paste the below command in Command Prompt and then tap on Enter button:
Lastly, after the scan just Restart Windows.
2. Use Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter:
First, you need to tap on Start button and then choose Settings. After this, select Update & Security option. Now, you should choose Troubleshoot option from the left side and then tap on Additional troubleshooters from the right side of the screen. At this point, you should scroll down till you locate Windows Store Apps and then hit on it to expand. Next, you should tap on Run the troubleshooter option. At last, you should use the troubleshooter to fix File Explorer and Downloads folder.
3. Optimize Downloads Folder for General Items:
For this, you should tap on Win key + E key together to open File Explorer. After this, you should right-tap on your Downloads directory and then choose Properties. Now, you should choose the Customize tab and then choose General items from the drop-down menu. At last, you should tap on Also apply this template to all subfolders checkbox and then choose the Apply button and then hit on OK option to in order close the window.
4. Select Always Show Icons Option:
The customer should tap on the Windows key + E key altogether to start File Explorer. After this, you should setup Explorer to show icons just by tap on its File tab and then choose Change folder and search options. Now, you should tap on View tab and then choose the option of Always show icons, never thumbnails. Lastly, you need to hit on Apply and OK option to close the window.
5. Disable Automatic Folder Type Discovery by using Registry Editor:
To disable, you should tap on Windows + R key simultaneously to start a Run window and then write regedit and press Enter or OK key. After this, you should visit to the below Registry key:
Here, you need to delete the Bags and BagsMRU subkeys just under Shell. At this point, you should right-tap on Shell and then choose New, and then go to Key in order to recreate the Bags subkey. Now, you should right tap on the newly created Bags and then choose New and Key just to create a new AllFolders subkey. Next under AllFolders, you have to create a new key and just name it Shell. After this, you will get the below path:
Then, you have to right hit on the right side and then choose New and String Value and just name it FolderType. The user should double tap on the FolderType and just set its value to NotSpecified and tap on OK button. In the end, just restart your PC so that the changes to take place and then check if the Downloads folder is working.
With this above method, you can solve the issue of Download folder is not responding in Window 10. For help, go to office.com/myaccount.