3 Ways to Get Classic File Explorer with Ribbon on Windows 11

Windows 11 has brought about significant design changes to the operating system, with one of the major changes being the newly designed file explorer ribbon. The new design is much cleaner and sleeker and adapts well to differently-sized windows.

However, some users might prefer the old design or find it difficult to adjust to the new layout.

Attention Windows Users!!

Facing issues on your Windows PC every now and then? We would recommend you use the Restoro PC Repair tool.

It is a one-stop solution to repair common computer errors, protect your Windows PC from data loss, malware, hardware failure, Registry issues, BSOD errors, etc. and optimize your PC for maximum performance in just three simple steps:

  • Download Restoro Tool that comes with Patented Technologies (see patents here).
  • Install and click on Start Scan to find the issues on your Windows PC.
  • Finally, click on Repair All to fix the issues.

4,533,876 users have downloaded Restoro till now.

How to Revert the Classic File Explorer on Windows 11

If you’re one of those users, don’t worry because you can easily revert to the classic File Explorer ribbon using any of the following methods.

1. Use the Control Panel

This method only works if you have yet not installed the cumulative update of Windows 11 (10.0.22000.71) on your PC.

1. First, head to the Start Menu and type “Control Panel” to perform a search. Then click on the “Control Panel” tile.

search and open control panel
search and open control panel

2. After that, click on “File Explorer Options” to proceed.

3. Next, locate and enable the “Launch folder in a separate process” option, and click on the “Apply” button to save the changes.

2. Use the Registry Editor

The Registry Editor contains all the critical system files for your PC. If you’re familiar with altering them, then making changes typically won’t create any problems. However, it’s always a good idea to back up all the files before making any modifications as a precaution.

1. To start, head to the Start Menu and type “Registry Editor.” Then click on the respective tile.

search and open registry editor
search and open registry editor

Tip: To back up the registry editor files, click on the “File” option and select “Export.” Then enter the appropriate name for the backup file, select “All,” and click on “Save.”

export registry
export registry

2. Afterward, type or copy+paste the following path in the address bar and hit Enter to navigate to the directory:

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

3. Right-click on the “Shell Extensions” folder and hover over the “New” option. Then, click on the “Key” option.

4. Next, name the folder “Blocked.” Do this step only if there’s no key of a similar name already present.

5. Select the “Blocked” folder and right-click on the empty space. Then hover over the “New” option and click on the “String Value” option.

6. Finally, type or copy+paste the below text as the file name:


Once done, restart your PC and check if the classic ribbon is being displayed in the File Explorer or not.

3. Use the Command Prompt

If you’re not comfortable with the Registry Editor method, you can use the Command Prompt method. Moreover, it’s much simpler this way.

1. First, head to the Start Menu and type “Command Prompt” to perform a search. Then right-click on the “Command Prompt” tile and click on the “Run as administrator” option.

run cmd as administrator
run cmd as administrator

2. After that, a UAC (User Account Control) window will appear on your screen. If you’re not logged in with an admin account, enter the credentials for one. Otherwise, click on the “Yes” button.

3. Afterward, type or copy+paste the following command and hit Enter to execute:

reg delete "HKCU\Software\Classes\CLSID{d93ed569-3b3e-4bff-8355-3c44f6a52bb5}" /f​

Once executed, restart your computer and check if you’re able to view the classic ribbon.

In conclusion, using any of the above-mentioned methods, you should be able to bring back the classic File Explorer with the ribbon menu on your Windows 11 PC.

Also Read:

Rate this post
Posted by
Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *