When you restart your computer, you lose all the opened apps and folders. But what if you always work with several folders and want to restore them when you restart your computer? It is possible on Windows 11/10 to restore the previous folders after restarting the computer on which you were working. Microsoft has provided a separate option to restore these folders. That means no need to remember the folder name on which you were working before.

In this gearupwindows article, we will guide you through restoring the previously opened folders at Logon on Windows 11/10.

How to Revive Previously Opened Folders at Logon on Windows 11?

Follow these steps to revive previously opened folders at Logon on Windows 11:-

Step 1. Open File Explorer by pressing the Windows + E keys simultaneously from the keyboard.

Alternatively, perform right-click on the Start button or press the Windows + X hotkey on your keyboard. Click on the File Explorer option to open it from the available options.

Step 2. Click on the three dots menu (…) and select Options from the drop-down in the File Explorer window.

Step 3. After completing the above steps, the Folder Options dialog will open.

Step 4. Click on the View tab.

Step 5. Under the Advanced settings section, check the option Restore previous folder windows at logon.

Step 6. Click Apply.

Step 7. Click OK.

That’s it! Open a few folders on your computer and then restart your computer without closing them. After sign-in to your machine, you will notice that all the folders opened before restarting your computer have been restored.

How to Restore Previous Opened Folders at Logon on Windows 10?

Step 1. Press Windows + E keys together to open the File Explorer dialog. Alternatively, double-click on This PC icon on the desktop to open it.

Step 2. Click on the View menu and then select Options in the ribbon to open the Folder Options dialog.

Step 3. Now, the Folder Options window opens.

Step 4. Click on the View tab.

Step 5. Click the checkbox labeled with Restore previous folder windows at logon.

Step 6. Click on the Apply button.

Step 7. Finally, click on the OK button.

That’s it. All the folders that were opened before doing the shutdown will be restored automatically when you sign in to your computer after shutdown or restarting your PC.

Good luck.


In conclusion, restoring previously opened folders at logon can save a lot of time and effort. By following the simple steps mentioned in this article, Windows 11/10 users can easily enable the option to restore their previous folder windows at logon. This feature is a convenient way to pick up where you left off without having to manually reopen all your folders after restarting your computer. We hope this guide will help users to streamline their work and increase productivity.

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  1. How to accomplish the same thing for tabs? Windows 11 now has tabs, but only the active tab is restored at logon.

  2. Does not work for me; never has since upgrading to Win 11, though it did work before under Win 10.
    Updated the PC’s OS yesterday and it still does not work.
    The check box is ticked, but Explorer folders are not preserved across a shutdown/restart cycle.


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