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Windows 7: Downloads Folder takes 20 minutes to load

3 Weeks Ago   #1
kyleknapp

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Downloads Folder takes 20 minutes to load

There are several old threads about similar problems, none of the solutions are helpful for me.

I recently formatted and re-installed Windows. Everything worked fine for a couple weeks. Suddenly my downloads folder is maddeningly slow - it actually takes about 5 minutes to load (I said 20 in the Title because that's how it was before the re-format).

A few days ago it loaded almost instantly, I can't have downloaded more than a few files since then, so volume of files in the folder is not the issue.

I checked the folder properties - it's still optimized for "general"

Some older threads suggested my antivirus software might be the culprit. I'm using Microsoft Security Essentials. I may try uninstalling it to see if that helps anything.

This has happened, BTW, on almost every Windows 7 computer I've worked on, so I'm sure it's not an uncommon problem. However I suspect it's not the same problem experienced by people who complain about the folder taking 10-15 seconds to load...

Any ideas?


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3 Weeks Ago   #2
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I have all my downloads going to c:\downloads -- from there, the install EXEs and ZIPs get moved to designated "d-drive" folders. I l leave only temporary folders in c:\downloads; because it's not the Users...Download folder, all users have access to c:\downloads. Very seldom are many files left in c:\downloads, only during "topic" downloads.
Also, I have my Windows Indexing working only for TXT and DOC files.
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3 Weeks Ago   #3
kyleknapp

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Now here's a strange thing. Shortly after I posted this I noticed my keyboard was responding slowly. So I re-booted.

Now my Downloads folder loads instantly.

Sorry to be crying wolf - it was like a deja vu of the kinds of problems I was having before I reformatted, but maybe it was just a temporary glitch. I'll post back if it happens again.
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2 Weeks Ago   #4
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I think explorer.exe [file manager] was temporarily acting up; I doubt it was your keyboard. However, if for whatever reason, there is a constant key-press, that could be sending a constant stream of "interrupt".
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