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Windows 7: explorer.exe being unbearable slow

14 Aug 2011   #1
Cronnix

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
explorer.exe being unbearable slow

Hello all! I have an issue here which I dunno how to start investigating.. my explorer feels really, really slow time to time. Symptoms are right click menu taking a minute to come up, goes into "not responding mode" when browsing folders, takes a while to start deleting a folder etc etc.

The causes can really be quite a few, so I don't know where to start.. any ideas on what might be causing this, and how I can start investigating the issue?

Regards.


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14 Aug 2011   #2
Prof Kerfuffle

Windows 7 Professional (x64/SP1) /Linux Mint 16
 
 

I have this sometimes, the thing I do is to check what process are active and taking up memory and cpu usage, clear up the un-necessary items like steam, msn, google update ect...

Try disabling you firewall, anti-virus ect... all these help improve peformance. I am thinking your computer is struggling with processes.

To check CPU usage open task-manager with ctrl+alt+del or right click the task bar and select task-manager. CPU usage is sitting at the bottom if its over 30% when your system is idle I would say you have too slow of a pc or too many apps open.

If its none of them check you disk http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/guide-to-using-check-disk-in-windows-vista/

I am hoping this helps.
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14 Aug 2011   #3
James Colbert

 
 

Any disconnected network resources (i.e., a shortcut to a network resource or mapped drive not present?
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14 Aug 2011   #4
Victor6799

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

I would agree with the others in that you could check first what the CPU utilization is when this issue happens. Someone else posted a similar article on a Microsoft site and found out that by disabling the Search Indexing feature did the trick. Here is link on how to disable this feature.

Disable Search Indexing In Windows 7
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14 Aug 2011   #5
Cronnix

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Well, this is weird.. I've also had an issue with Chrome not performing so well, and noticed that it was "waiting for cache" all the time, causing pages to loads slowly. So I went on and deleted the cache folder, which suddenly greatly affected performance of explorer in a positive way. Go figure :S

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Prof Kerfuffle View Post

If its none of them check you disk http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/guide-to-using-check-disk-in-windows-vista/

I am hoping this helps.
Thank you for the link, will check the disk just to be sure. CPU usage seems to be fine, 3% at the moment of typing this. I am really puzzled what caused that spike of bad performance, which went on for about an hour.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by James Colbert View Post
Any disconnected network resources (i.e., a shortcut to a network resource or mapped drive not present?
Nope, not what I can recall.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Victor6799 View Post
I would agree with the others in that you could check first what the CPU utilization is when this issue happens. Someone else posted a similar article on a Microsoft site and found out that by disabling the Search Indexing feature did the trick. Here is link on how to disable this feature.

Disable Search Indexing In Windows 7
Thanks, gonna try that too.
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14 Aug 2011   #6
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

do you have any security softwares set to scan at a specific time or system imaging set on update,etc
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15 Aug 2011   #7
Prof Kerfuffle

Windows 7 Professional (x64/SP1) /Linux Mint 16
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cronnix View Post
Well, this is weird.. I've also had an issue with Chrome not performing so well, and noticed that it was "waiting for cache" all the time, causing pages to loads slowly. So I went on and deleted the cache folder, which suddenly greatly affected performance of explorer in a positive way. Go figure :S

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Prof Kerfuffle View Post

If its none of them check you disk http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/guide-to-using-check-disk-in-windows-vista/

I am hoping this helps.
Thank you for the link, will check the disk just to be sure. CPU usage seems to be fine, 3% at the moment of typing this. I am really puzzled what caused that spike of bad performance, which went on for about an hour.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by James Colbert View Post
Any disconnected network resources (i.e., a shortcut to a network resource or mapped drive not present?
Nope, not what I can recall.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Victor6799 View Post
I would agree with the others in that you could check first what the CPU utilization is when this issue happens. Someone else posted a similar article on a Microsoft site and found out that by disabling the Search Indexing feature did the trick. Here is link on how to disable this feature.

Disable Search Indexing In Windows 7
Thanks, gonna try that too.
I understand about chrome performing like crap as I find it uses too much ram, i use ie9 as it is performing much better for me. Use CCleaner to clear cache on browsers, its quite effective.

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16 Aug 2011   #8
pmjm

Win7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Could also be a sign of an impending drive failure. Perhaps you have a hard drive breathing it's last breaths. I'd do a thorough scan of all the drives on the system.
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17 Aug 2011   #9
Cronnix

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pmjm View Post
Could also be a sign of an impending drive failure. Perhaps you have a hard drive breathing it's last breaths. I'd do a thorough scan of all the drives on the system.
Crap, that could be very true, the drive is about 7 years old.. what method of scanning are you suggesting in order to see if that's the issue?


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Prof Kerfuffle View Post
I understand about chrome performing like crap as I find it uses too much ram, i use ie9 as it is performing much better for me. Use CCleaner to clear cache on browsers, its quite effective.

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O, good idea, thanks!
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17 Aug 2011   #10
preiius

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Forget scanning, do a backup first!

Now download a diagnostic cd from hd manufacturer and do a full scan.
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