3 Best Ways to Roll Back Windows 11 23H2 File Explorer

Not satisfied with Windows 11 23H2 File Explorer? Here will tell you something new about it and how to roll back the File Explorer.


By Maggie Updated on January 5, 2024

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Whats new of File Explorer in Windows 11 23H2?

As part of the 2023 Windows 11 update (version 23H2), Microsoft is giving File Explorer a makeover. They're using a new codebase called WinUI 3 from the Windows App SDK and XAML to modernize it while keeping the same old look. They're tweaking the header design, fixing up the "Details" pane, and making sharing stuff easier.

Windows 11 23 H2

The updated File Explorer comes with a cool "Gallery" feature for checking out and organizing your images. The team is also adding support for opening and extracting more types of files, like RAR and 7-Zip, not just Zip files.

However, some users complain and criticize Windows 11 23H2 File Explorer not working or working too slowly, and want to get the old one back. This article shares some comments on Windows 23 H2 File Explorer and if you have the same needs, please follow to read:

User comments: Windows 23H2 File Explorer rolled backup after the update



I need help for restoring the previous File Explorer. The 23H2 File Explorer feels lazy, sluggish and it killed the address bar drag and drop feature.

This is the worst update they have made for the File Explorer. The latest Update 23H2 killed the drag and drop feature in File Explorer's Address Bar.

I'm one of those people who drags and drop files through the address bar as part of my work. That feature is very useful and necessary for my work but they/you devs blew it.

Now it is very hassle and difficult to use unlike before. You cannot even open the options anymore for switching the folder light/dark theme.

Switching the position of the address bar and ribbon is unnecessary too. It feels sluggish and lazy. It feels like copying the address bar of the edge/chrome/firefox but instead it feels like there is no point of using the address bar anymore.

It is kind of annoying to remove such good feature considering the part they/you devs are updating is called the "File Explorer". The removal of the convenience in exchange for inconvenience just because only few people use it is ridiculous. It made my work flow slow than before.

How about letting us keep it and let the "resourceful people" who discovered the feature, use it? These people are those who fully appreciate the "hidden feautres" because they fully explore your hard work and you are just killing the feature right now.

So the question is. Is there a way to revert back the previous version of the File Explorer? I don't want to use the new one.

- Question from Microsoft Community

This is not a single demand, some users also posted their opinions on it:

- User 1: It is still not snappy.
- User 2: The performance has actually became worse especially the startup performance. The top part for some reason have a long delay to load.
- User 3: It's still slower than it used to be. The top part of the window also takes a half second to load in. That's not bad, but it's very noticeable. It's like they tried to hide it by incorporating an animation on the first tab.
- User 4: There's a delay on the ribbon when you open the file explorer.
- User 5: It's horrible. I've just upgraded my Windows 11 VM and it's super slow. Explorer is maybe 3x slower at opening, and sometimes it glitches around on the screen when moving it.
Open a new tab? The left sidebar blinks.
If I was in management and shipped anything in this state I'd quit my job out of embarrassment.
Edit: Imagine there’s actually fucking fanboys downvoting.

Since users think Windows 11 23H2 File Explorer is slow and not well-functioning. So is there any way to roll backup the old one? Then you can follow the below 3 ways.

How-to-do: roll back to the previous File Explorer

Important: Before you restore the Windows 11 23 H2 File Explore make sure to back up your important files. You can use a free backup tool like AOMEI Backupper Standard to keep your stuff safe during the restore.

AOMEI Backupper

Best free Windows backup software for personal use.

Method 1. Enable system restore to earlier data via Advanced options

Step 1. Restart your computer three times and halt the process when you see the Windows logo.

Step 2. Then, the Automatic Repair process will be triggered in Windows. Wait until the process completes, and click Advanced options.

Automatic Repair

Step 3. After that, you will see the Choose an option window, click Troubleshoot > Advanced options > System Restore.

System Restore

Step 4. Then, you will enter the System Restore wizard, and select a restore point to restore.

Method 2. Uninstall recently installed updates

Step 1. Restart your computer and hold down the SHIFT button.

Step 2. The Advanced Startup menu will pop up when your computer boots.

Step 3. Choose Troubleshoot from the menu.

Step 4. Next, go to Advanced Options, then select Uninstall Updates.

Uninstall Updates

Step 5. Click on Uninstall the latest quality update and follow the prompts to remove the update.

Choose an Option

Method 3. Use AOMEI Backupper Standard

When you attempt to restore your system using a restore point, you might notice that the points are missing due to various reasons like Windows updates or corrupted files. Even if you have a restore point, you might encounter errors during the process, like "System Restore did not complete successfully," "0x80070002," or "System Restore failed to extract the file."

To avoid these issues, you can opt for an alternative system backup and restore method by using dedicated and trustworthy software such as AOMEI Backupper Standard. Just go to the Backup tab, select System Backup, and create a system image for future recovery needs. This can help you steer clear of these problems.

How to use this software to restore your computer? Before you do, please download this software and install it on your computer.

Step 1. Launch this freeware. Click Restore on the left side. Then, click Select Task or Select Image File to find the image.

Select Task Winpe

Step 2. (Optional) If you click Select Task, select the system backup task in the following window and then click Next.

Select Backup Image

Step 3. Then, select to restore the entire backup or a part and click Next.

Select Entire Backup or Partition

Step 4. Then, click Start Restore to execute the progress. When the progress reaches 100%, click Finish to exit.

Start Restore

✍Note: If the system image is created on another PC with different hardware, you need to tick Universal Restore to make sure the computer can boot up after restoration. (supported by Professional edition)

To sum up

In this article, we have 3 ways to roll back Windows 11 23H2 File Explorer. Please backup your crucial files before any operations. To save you from tedious backup work, you can use AOMEI Backupper Standard. Also, it offers a Restore function to allow you to restore your PC. If you are afraid of system crash or boot error, you can use this software to create a bootable media beforehand.

Maggie · Editor
Maggie is a technical editor from AOMEI and troubleshoots technical problems against data protection. She has received professional and systematic technical training. With a focus on user experience, security, and problem-solving, she always puts herself in the readers' shoes and provides them with valuable technical insights.