How to Bring Back Classic File Explorer in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users how to restore Windows 10 classic File Explorer with Ribbon in Windows 11.

When Windows 11 is released to the general public, it will come with tons of new features and drastic changes that some may find not appealing. Some of these changes include, a redesigned user desktop, centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes and colors and many more.

If you find that the modern File Explorer menu option in Windows 11 isn’t something that you like, you can follow the steps below to restore the one in Windows 10 with ribbon.

And if you decide you want to go back to the original in Windows 11, simply delete the registry key you created to restore it. It’s that simply.

Also, for students and new users who want to learn how to use Windows, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

To get started restoring the classic File Explorer with ribbon in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to restore File Explorer classic ribbon UI in Windows 11

The File Explorer ribbon UI found in Windows 10 is great to have if you’re already used to it. You know where everything is and nothing new to learn. Instead of learning something new, simply bring back the classic option in Windows 11 with you.

To do that, open Windows Registry Editor app. Click on the Start menu, then search for ‘Registry Editor‘ as shown in the image below.

Select Registry Editor app and open.

registry editor in windows 11

When it opens, navigate to the path as shown below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions

You could copy and paste the path above directory into the Registry Editor navigator box to get there.

Next, right-click the Shell Extension folder and select New ==> Key as shown below.

registry shell extension new key

The name the new key Blocked.

windows 11 registry editor new key blocked

Next, select the newly created Blocked key, then in the right pane, right-click and select New ==> String

registry editor new string

Name the new String Value: {e2bf9676-5f8f-435c-97eb-11607a5bedf7} and press Enter.

windows 11 classic file explorer ribbon ui

After that, log out and back in or restart your computer.

You should see the classic File Explorer menu option similar to the one in Windows 10.

windows 11 classic file explorer ui

That’s it!


This post showed you how to restore the classic File Explorer menu back in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.


  1. Phoenix E Nicholson

    Tried on my laptop and desktop. Did not work for either one.

  2. using the registrator editor worked for me. It literally took 2 – 3 seconds to open up a file but now it’s instant. thanks for posting this!

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