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Windows 11 Update Rescues Users from File Explorer Frustration

The December 2023 Cumulative Update for Windows 11 Brings Relief to a Long-standing File Explorer Bug

NEWS  Windows  December 19, 2023  Reading time: 2 Minute(s)

mdo Max (RS editor)

For many users, File Explorer has been a source of frustration within the Windows 11 operating system. Slow performance and various glitches have been persistent issues, but one particularly vexing bug took the spotlight: File Explorer would unexpectedly come to the foreground, stealing focus from the task at hand. Whether adjusting settings, opening a notification, browsing the internet, or even playing games, File Explorer seemed to have a mind of its own, making appearances seemingly at random. This issue was not only annoying but also challenging to predict or replicate.

The frustration echoed across the user community, as evidenced by numerous complaints on the Feedback Hub. Users were becoming increasingly exasperated with a bug that disrupted their workflow and interrupted leisure activities. The situation was dire enough to prompt some users, to contemplate reverting to Windows 10 for a more stable experience.

However, the latest quality updates released for Windows 11 in December 2023 have, in all caps, finally addressed this long-standing File Explorer bug. No longer will users be haunted by the sudden appearance of File Explorer windows when they least expect it. Microsoft had resolved the bug in Windows 11 preview builds some time ago, but the relief is now available to all users in the Stable Channel. The journey from identifying the issue to releasing a bugfix for the broader user base took more than a year, but as the saying goes, it's better late than never. The changelog for KB5032288, released as an optional non-security update on December 4, succinctly describes the fix:

"This update addresses an issue that affects File Explorer windows. When you do not expect them, they appear in the foreground."

This development provides a compelling reason for Windows 11 users to install available updates promptly. With the File Explorer bug now resolved, users can finally work and play in peace, without the unwelcome interruptions that have plagued them for too long. As Windows 11 continues to evolve, staying up-to-date with the latest updates ensures a smoother and more stable user experience.




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