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Windows 7: Download folder freezes shortly after opening it

08 Feb 2014   #1
TNPNah

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Download folder freezes shortly after opening it

Hello all,

I recently ran into this issue and it's really bothersome. Whenever I try to open the downloads folder on my computer I can only scroll through it for a couple of seconds before my computer completely freezes (can't even press Ctrl+Alt+Del).

What I have noticed:

- I can still access files in the folder by using Chrome's downloads page (chrome://downloads/).
- After booting in safe mode and browsing the downloads folder there was no freezing and everything seemed to work fine.
- While opening the folder does freeze my computer, there is a split second before it freezes where I can browse the folder. Everything seems to be there. Then the file path box at the top of the explorer shows a green loading bar which only makes it about a 1/4 of the way before freezing. Side note: why does it appear to be loading something when everything appears to be in the folder? Is it checking for new files?
- I tried to do a Kaspersky virus scan on just the downloads folder and that froze the computer too.
- My computer also freezes whenever I "lock" it. Not sure if it's related but its the only other occurrence of my computer completely freezing.

I'll point out that I have 2 SSDs, one of which has my windows install and the downloads folder and I have a HDD that I usually leave unplugged.

If anyone could offer some assistance it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
TNPNah


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08 Feb 2014   #2
bluestar

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

hi TNPNah,

which file you are trying to download??
whats it size? or is it a common problem for all your downloaded files??
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08 Feb 2014   #3
TNPNah

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi bluestar,

Sorry for the confusion. Downloading isn't the problem, the downloads folder (C:\Users\TNPNah\Downloads) is. Whenever I try to open the folder in windows explorer my computer freezes.

I should note that this only happens with the Downloads folder. I can browse all other folders through windows explorer without any issue.

TNPNah
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