Windows 11 File Explorer update

File Explorer in Windows 11 introduced tab support, which is one of the most loved features. Surprisingly, the tabs feature broke an existing feature that allows Windows 11 to restore folders opened previously when you log in to the desktop. Thankfully, Microsoft has finally fixed issues with the “Restore previous folder windows at logon” setting, and it works again in newer stable builds.

If you don’t understand how this File Explorer works in Windows 11, here’s a simple explanation: If enabled, the feature restores all your open File Explorer windows when you restart or log into your PC. It doesn’t work when you shut down your PC.

After updating to Windows 11 22H2, many users found themselves in a predicament. The “Restore previous folder windows at logon” stopped working, which forced them to reopen all the File Explorer windows again manually.

A workaround emerged, which required turning off the tabs feature in File Explorer using third-party tools. The workaround worked for some time, but it backfired with the Moment 4 update, which started causing problems with the File Explorer when tabs feature was forcefully turned off.

Windows Latest also received feedback from several users and spotted a lengthy Reddit thread on the File Explorer problem.

There are several complaints on Microsoft forums, too. However, in Windows 11 23H2 after recent updates, the problems do not occur anymore.

We enabled the “Restore previous folder windows at logon” settings and signed out of the PC. After logging in, all the previously opened File Explorer windows reappeared. The same was the case after restarting the PC.

restore previous folder windows at logon setting in File Explorer

You don’t have to turn off the tabs feature to fix the issue. If you are on Windows 11 22H2, updating to 23H2 can fix this problem. Also, remember that Microsoft won’t support Windows 11 22H2 after October 8, 2024, which is just six months away from now.

Meanwhile, several new changes are arriving to File Explorer in 24H2

File Explorer will get duplicate tabs, context menu labels, and more

Windows Latest noticed multiple File Explorer features being tested in the Windows 11 24H2 Insider channel. One of them is adding labels for common actions in the File Explorer’s context menu so that clicking on any icon won’t be confusing.

new context menu option in file explorer

Another significant change is the ability to create archives in more new formats. File Explorer currently supports ZIP archives, but soon, you can create TAR and 7z archives without needing a third-party app like WinRAR.

A duplicate tab option in the tab’s context menu and Copilot integration are also among the upcoming feature upgrades for File Explorer.

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Abhishek Mishra is a skilled news reporter working at Windows Latest, where he focuses on everything about computing and Windows. With a strong background in computer applications, thanks to his master's degree, Abhishek knows his way around complex tech subjects. His love for reading and his four years in journalism have sharpened his ability to explain tricky tech ideas in easy-to-understand ways. Over his career, he has crafted hundreds of detailed articles for publications like MakeUseof, Tom's Hardware, and more in the pursuit of helping tech enthusiasts.