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    Open in New Process - Folder

    How to Open Folder in New Process in Windows 7 and Windows 8
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    How to Open Folder in New Process in Windows 7 and Windows 8


       Information
    This tutorial will show you how to open a drive, folder, or library window in a separate new explorer process in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

       Note
    This is not the same as just having a folder open in a separate new window. Those two folder windows would still just be running in the same single explorer.exe process.


    Having a folder open in a separate process will allow multiple instances of the open folder window to be running with each instance running with a separate explorer.exe process. If one of these instances should close or crash, the other instances would be completely unaffected by it.
       Warning
    This can increase the stability of Windows 7 by opening every folder in a separate part of memory. Use this setting if your computer frequently crashes, and you are trying to minimize problems or troubleshoot. Be aware, however, that doing this could slow down the performance of your computer.
       Tip
    To see what processes (ex: explorer.exe) are running:
    • Open Task Manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESCAPE).
    • Click on the Processes tab. (See screenshots below)
    • Under Image Name, look for how many explorer.exe processes you have open. You will have one for each new folder process you open.

    Open in New Process - Folder-task_manager-1.jpgOpen in New Process - Folder-task_manager-2.jpg




    OPTION ONE

    To Manually Open a Folder in a New Process


    NOTE: This will allow you to manually open a selected folder window in a new separate process.
    1. Press and hold the Shift key, then right click on the drive, folder, or library that you want to open in a separate process, release the Shift key, and click/tap on Open in New Process. (See screenshot below)
    Open in New Process - Folder-context_menu.jpg
    2. This will now open the selected folder in a separate window that is in a new process.




    OPTION TWO

    Turn On or Off to Launch Folders in Separate Process in Folder Options


    NOTE: This will set Windows to always open all folder windows in a separate new process or not when they are opened.
    1. Open Folder Options in Windows 7 or Windows 8, and click/tap on the View tab. (See screenshot below step 4)

    2. To Launch Folder Windows in a Separate Process when Opened
    NOTE: Folders open in the same process as each other, but a separate instance to the process that provides the Shell.
    A) Check the Launch folder windows in a separate process box. (See screenshot below step 4)

    B) Go to step 4.
    3. To Not Launch Folder Windows in a Separate Process when Opened
    NOTE: Folders open in the same process as each other, in the same instance to the process that provides the Shell. This is the default setting.
    A) Uncheck the Launch folder windows in a separate process box. (See screenshot below step 4)
    4. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
    Open in New Process - Folder-folder_options.jpg



    OPTION THREE

    Turn On or Off to Launch Folders in Separate Process using a REG File


    1. To Launch Folder Windows in a Separate Process when Opened
    A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
    Launch_Folder_Windows_in_Separate_Process.reg
    B) Go to step 3.
    2. To Not Launch Folder Windows in a Separate Process when Opened
    A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
    NOTE: This is the default setting.
    Not_Launch_Folder_Windows_in_Separate_Process.reg
    3. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    4. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    5. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    6. If open, close and reopen Windows Explorer (Window 7) or File Explorer (Windows 8) to apply.
    NOTE: If you do not see a change, then log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

    7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.
    That's it,
    Shawn








  1. Posts : 576
    Vista X32. Windows 7 32bit
       #1

    Another spot-on effort brink. Great Tutorial
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  2. Posts : 71,549
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
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       #2

    Thank you Norm.
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  3. Posts : 76
    windows 7
       #3

    thank you , Always a creative
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  4. Posts : 68
    Windows 7 Pro x64
       #4

    cheers. I'm trying it for a few days.

    So this has no benefit in performance(but does it help, if you got more RAM or not? or better cpu??)
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  5. Posts : 71,549
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Hello John,

    Say you have multiple Windows Explorer windows opened with all of then opened and using the same process (ex: explorer.exe in Task Manager Processes tab), and if that explorer.exe should crash or freeze, then all of these multiple Windows Explorer windows running under this process will as well.


    Say instead you have one Windows Explorer window opened in one explorer.exe process and open another Windows Explorer window with a new explorer.exe process, and if one of those explorer.exe processes crashes, then the other one will not be affected by it. No performance benefit with this other than more redunancy and reliability. Think of it how Internet Explorer does this with mulitple tabs. This is why you see multiple iexplorer.exe processes entries in Task Manager. One for each tab + Internet Explorer itself. If one tab should crash, the other ones still work and you just need to close the crashed one.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  6. Posts : 68
    Windows 7 Pro x64
       #6

    thanks for the explanation brink. :)

    This can increase the stability of Windows 7 by opening every folder in a separate part of memory. Use this setting if your computer frequently crashes, and you are trying to minimize problems or troubleshoot. Be aware, however, that doing this could slow down the performance of your computer.
    After trying it for a week, it's slow my PC, had some freezes, and long loading time on opening explorer.exe Just like you said it would.

    Everything back to normal, after unchecking it.
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  7. Posts : 71,549
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Hello John,

    Well, it was worth a try I suppose.
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  8. Posts : 4
    Win7
       #8

    Has anyone actually tried this and looked at the task list? I never see more than two explorer.exe's running, no matter what I try. Can anyone confirm? Screenshots would be cool too.
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  9. Posts : 71,549
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Hello A, and welcome to Seven Forums.

    It's confirmed. You can see screenshots of two explorer.exe processes opened in the yellow TIP box at the top of the tutorial. :)
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