Microsoft’s latest preview update, known as Windows 11 Build 22526, apparently comes with a new change that should improve File Explorer’s performance. The latest major Windows update fixed some pretty big issues for PCs with AMD Ryzen CPUs and Microsoft is now planning to optimize the File Explorer search tool.
File Explorer search uses Windows Search to create an index and provide fast file searches to users. The same index is also used by other operating system features, including Cortana’s assistant.
By default, Windows indexes important locations, like the “Start Menu” folder and “Users” folders, so it can return your apps or downloads in search results. This also covers your personal files, which include desktop folders, pictures, music, and videos where your images are stored by default.
Sometimes it can be particularly difficult to find certain files using the search box in File Explorer even though you use the same search engine that powers your Start menu or Windows Search searches.
Starting with Windows 11 Build 22526, File Explorer will be able to index more file locations. In other words, users will be able to quickly find important files and the overall experience will be faster.
At the moment, we do not have a list of new locations indexed by Explorer. If you want to remove new locations from the index, just go to your Windows search settings and exclude locations that contain large or complex files.
As part of its efforts to improve overall system performance, Microsoft has also worked to reduce Explorer.exe crashes when using the search box. The update has fixed an issue where some users encounter problems while using Explorer and their PC performance slows down as well.
Other fixes in recent preview versions:
- Microsoft is fixing issues with the context menu in File Explorer.
- The right-click menu should open a bit faster now, but the overall experience is still buggy.
- Microsoft has added a new group policy that will be enabled to disable the Office.com integration. Once disabled, Explorer will stop including files from Office.com and Explorer will also stop making connection requests to Office. This change also affects the Windows 11 Start menu from displaying Office documents online.