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FIXED: Windows 11 is Not Asking to Replace or Skip Files

Understanding the Absence of File Replacement Prompts in Windows 11

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Windows 11 not asking to replace or skip files may lead to several issues, including having duplicate files. This issue usually occurs because of adjusting the folder options in File Explorer.

Normally, the OS displays a dialogue box to warn you when you attempt to copy similar files from one folder to another. This article will help you understand this problem and provide workable solutions.

1. Reset the Folder options to default

Resetting the folder options to default can potentially repair the issue by removing any corrupted or incorrect settings that may cause the problem. When you reset the folder options to default, Windows 11 will restore all folder settings to their factory settings.

To reset the folder options to default in Windows 11, follow these steps:

  1. Simultaneously, hit the Window + E keys to open the File Explorer.
    windows 11 is not asking to replace or skip files
  2. When the File Explorer opens, click the ellipses from the top of the display and select Options.
    windows 11 is not asking to replace or skip files
  3. Then, open the View tab and click the Restore Defaults button.
    windows 11 is not asking to replace or skip files
  4. Finally, click Apply and OK to confirm the changes.
    windows 11 is not asking to replace or skip files

2. Adjust your File Explorer folder options

Adjusting your File Explorer folder options to repair this notification problem can help fix this issue by ensuring you uncheck the “Hide folder merge conflicts” checkbox. Windows 11 will not prompt you to replace or skip files when copying or moving them when this checkbox is checked.

To uncheck this checkbox, follow these steps:

  1. Simultaneously, hit the Window + E keys to open the File Explorer.
    windows 11 is not asking to replace or skip files
  2. When the File Explorer opens, click the ellipses from the top of the display and select Options.
    windows 11 is not asking to replace or skip files
  3. Then, open the View tab and uncheck the Hide folder merge conflicts box.
  4. Finally, click Apply and OK to confirm the changes.
    windows 11 is not asking to replace or skip files

3. Reset your File Explorer

Resetting File Explorer to repair Windows 11 does not ask to replace or skip files and helps to restore the default settings for File Explorer. This fix can be especially valuable if the cause of the is a corrupted or misconfigured setting.

To reset File Explorer, use the following steps:

  1. Simultaneously, hit the Window + E keys to open the File Explorer.
    windows 11 is not asking to replace or skip files
  2. When the File Explorer opens, click the ellipses from the top of the display and select Options.
    windows 11 is not asking to replace or skip files
  3. Then, open the General tab and click the Restore Defaults button.
    windows 11 is not asking to replace or skip files
  4. Finally, click Apply and OK to confirm the changes.

While it can be concerning that Windows 11 is not asking to replace or skip files during the file transfer, several possible explanations exist for this behavior. It could be due to changes during an upgrade, improvements in Windows 11’s file-handling capabilities, or a default setting that causes these skips.

However, we advise you to back up your files before any major upgrade to your operating system to prevent potential data loss. If you experience further issues after trying these fixes, we recommend you contact Microsoft Support for further assistance.

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