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Folders on Windows 10 appear with a dark ugly background. Well, what’s that for?
I’ve been noticing this from a couple of recent versions of Windows 20. My current version of Windows 10 is 21H2
To be honest, I didn’t notice that from the early days of Windows till 2021 beginning. Recently I’ve been noticing that often.
Well, in this blog post I’m going to cover up about this ugly guy and the steps to follow to Remove the Black Background from Folders on Windows 10 in 2022
Why do folders on Windows 10 appear with a dark background?
I’ve not noticed any folders on my OS drive (aka C DRIVE) to have appeared with a black background. However, folders on other drives that I am opening and using often are most likely to be the victim of this kind.
There’s no doubt to term it as a bug of Windows 10. But apart from a black background, there are no changes on the inside data of that folder.
I have dug a bit deeper and while resolving the problem I found it’s happening due to folder thumbnails cache.
Maybe this folder thumbnail cache got outdated or corrupted.
How to Remove the black background from Folders on Windows 10?
There are a lot of ways to remove the black background from folders on Windows 10. But I’m going to start first with the easiest one.
And I’m sure, you don’t need to use any other steps further to get rid of it. This is to remove the thumbnail cache by using the Disk Cleanup utility.
First, go and get a look at those folders with black backgrounds. Now follow these steps to Remove the Black Background from Folders on Windows 10.
Step – 1: On the search bar, type Disk Cleanup. Once it shows up like that, click on it to open it.
Step – 2: It will then ask you to select the drive. By default, it will take the OS drive. Let it be the OS drive only. So without changing anything, just click Ok to continue.
Step – 3: Now the Windows 10 Disk Cleanup utility will open up.
By default, you will see a lot of options are ticked there. You can untick one or two if you wish so, but I would say, you don’t need to untick those.
These all files are junk and by deleting all of them you are not going to lose anything.
Just scroll down to make sure that the Thumbnails part is ticked. By default, it will be ticked. But in case it is not, make sure you tick it here.
Step – 4: Next, click on Clean up system files. Now once again the prompt will ask to select the drive.
Just click on OK to continue.
Now it will start scanning all the files that were ticked on, and once it’s ready to gather all the files, it will show up.
Step – 5: Now you will get to see the total disk space consumed by all these junk files. Just click on OK to proceed to remove them next.
Step – 6: Next it will ask you for the final confirmation. Click on Delete files to permanently delete all junk files along with the Thumbnails cache.
It will then start cleaning those files, and you will get to see a screen like this.
After it’s done, it will disappear and you don’t have to do anything from your side.
Now go back and check those folders with the ugly dark black backgrounds. They would have gone now.
Now that you know how to Remove the Black Background from Folders on Windows 10, there is no certainty about how long your folders will stay normal without a black background.
This issue will permanently be resolved when Microsoft will bring a patch for it. Till that time, this is the best way to get rid of those black backgrounds from folders.
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