How to launch the Universal File Explorer app in Windows 10

As you may already know, Windows 10 build 14936 comes with a new Universal app. It is a modern File Explorer, a UWP app which could replace the classic File Explorer in the near future. Many readers ask in comments how to launch the app in Windows 10 build 14936. Here is how it can be done.
uwp-file-explorerAs of this writing, the application is basically ported from Windows 10 Mobile. It is a touch oriented app, with no Ribbon or toolbar or any shell extensions. It might be interesting for touch screen users. The operating system has no shortcut to launch it, so you need to create it yourself.

  1. Right click the Desktop and select New - Shortcut.Windows 10 new - shortcut
  2. In the shortcut target box, type or copy-paste the following command:
    explorer.exe shell:AppsFolder\c5e2524a-ea46-4f67-841f-6a9465d9d515_cw5n1h2txyewy!App


  3. Type some useful name for your new shortcut and set the appropriate icon.
    name-shortcut uwp-file-explorer-fi
    Now you can launch it.uwp-file-explorer-splash

Here is the new app in action:

That's it. Many thanks to @tfwboredom for his tips.


23 thoughts on “How to launch the Universal File Explorer app in Windows 10

  1. Rick Grunwald

    Doesn’t work for me. Just opens the same old Explorer

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      that’s really strange. It should work.

      1. James Randall

        It just opens then crashes for me on the splash screen (build 14946)

    2. Phil

      i think you not using latest version of inside preview

    3. Phil


    4. useph

      switch to 64bit

    5. Davin Peterson

      It doesn’t work on the anniversary update which is build 14393. You need build 14936 (Insider Preview)

  2. David H Johnson

    Thanks a bunch!

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      you are welcome.

  3. Jimmy S.

    I still can’t open the new UWP File Explorer despite the fact that I copied the text correctly and pasted it to a blank shortcut. Instead, it opens, the Document folder of my user profile.

  4. sourav

    can i get this in w10 14393.222 ?

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Nope, you need the build 14936 to get it working.

  5. Rick

    I wonder why anyone would ever want UWP Explorer? Like all UWP apps, it’ll lack in features–forever. So it’s not that. The only thing I can think of is for touch, but is there really a calling for by-touch file management?!

  6. dfiction

    Do I need to be logged into MS Account to use the app?

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      No. I ran it from the local account.

  7. Anton

    So you need the good old explorer.exe to launch the new file explorer? That’s a bit double isn’t it?

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      The new one is in development. You will need the old one when Microsoft finish the development.

  8. Peter

    Hello Sergey,
    is there a trick how to activate this app on Windows10 1511 (10586.318) ?


  9. alex

    Hi, not working on pro build 14946 x64 french…
    everything is right, but no shortcut on start menu, but maybe something called “newcastle”, which is a white window.

    1. Yagya

      Newcastle is the unreleased version of Paint 3D, that came in the Spring Creators Update.

  10. Marcel


  11. iwontgiveyoumyname

    For those who do not like to keep things on the desktop, they can just pin it on the taskbar :)

  12. JeniSkunk

    Got the new UWP File Explorer working on Win10, after updating from 1903 to 2004, has caused the old file explorer to immediately force close on attempting to open to view any drives or directories.
    While it saves my hide, the UWP app is not a patch on the old one.
    1. No ability to create shortcuts to folders for the desktop
    2. All folder customizations are ignored
    3a. It does not have any ability to sort by file extensions.
    3b. It has no setting to make it display file extensions in the right pane.
    3c. It only displays file extensions in its File Rename overlay.
    4. It has no setting to force the display of hidden folders/files.


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