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This is how you can disable the explorer tabs


With the October 22H2 update for Windows 11, Microsoft introduces the new Tabbed File Explorer. Despite beta tests, however, there are annoying errors. Until the bugs are fixed, it’s worth using the old version of Explorer. That’s how it works.


Tabs have become indispensable in the browser and Apple recognized the trend early on and equipped its MacOS Finder with them. After a long test phase, Microsoft is now jumping on the bandwagon and updating the file explorer for all users of Windows 11 22H2 as part of its October update. However, the Redmond-based company has not (yet) been able to deliver a truly perfect product.

Windows 11 Version 22H2The new Explorer brings the advantages of tabs, but also many bugs

Many bugs continue to be reported in the Feedback Hub. Among other things, menu buttons (e.g. exit, maximize, minimize) are not reset correctly after a mouseover movement and there seem to be problems when scrolling within the left sidebar (sidebar). While not all users experience these errors, many are wondering: how do I disable explorer tabs?

Instructions: Easy and quick to the old Windows 11 Explorer

Until Microsoft has fixed the bugs with the new Windows 11 Explorer, the well-known ViveTool will help you to go back to the older version without tabs. The conversion takes place in a few, comparatively simple steps.

  1. Download the latest ViveTool – Download at GitHub
  2. Extract the .zip file to the folder C:\Vivetool (example)
  3. Opens the command prompt as an administrator (e.g. via the Windows search or Windows Terminal – tip: Windows key + X)
  4. writes CD C:\Vivetoolconfirm with Enter and thus navigate via the command line to the ViveTool folder (example)
  5. writes vivetool /disable /id:37634385 and confirm with Enter
  6. writes vivetool /disable /id:36354489 and confirm with Enter
  7. Restart your computer

Windows 11 Version 22H2Open the command prompt via Windows Terminal – CTRL + Shift + 2

After restarting, the new tabbed file explorer should be disabled and the old version should be active again. Once Microsoft has eliminated the basic bugs, you can repeat the process and in steps 5 and 6 the command /disable With /enable substitute. This is how the new Explorer is subsequently activated.

Sources: Own, via Neowin, Pureinfotech
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