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25 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows 7 slower than xp

I have a similar problem and it is not that I have a weak computer. If I open a directory and it has say 300 files in it, Win7 takes forever to read through and display them. It SLOWLY counts them while that stupid green bar moves horizontally across the top of the screen, sometimes stopping and going back to do it again. I can open similarly sized folders on much older and slower computers and they are twice as fast. This has been going on since I installed 7 and is really frustrating me. I have another folder with 10 mp3's in it and that folder takes nearly 10 seconds to fully open before I can do anything with the files. I don't know enough about indexing and windows explorer to figure out how/if I can tweak something to enhance performance. Any ideas greatly appreciated.

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25 Dec 2009   #2

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25 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 64-bit

Try turning off display file icon on thumbnails; and see if that makes a difference. See image below.


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25 Dec 2009   #4
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There is a very good tutorial written by Shawn you might wanna look into it

Hope this helps
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08 May 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) (build 7600)
Slowed down Win7

Thanks for the very informative tutorial. I got a lot of VERY useful tips from it. Thanks again!
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14 May 2010   #6

Windows 7 64 bit SP1

The thing that most people fail to understand is that new features don't just magically appear. They take CPU cycles, and disk accesses. The OS does more, so yes, it will be slower than previous versions.

Imagine if you were doing a job, then your boss put 2x as much work on your desk. It would take you longer to finish, would it not?

You can make windows faster, but in order to do that, you have to disable all the stuff that makes the new version.. well.. the new version.
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14 May 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

You can also check out this resource from Windows - Optimize Windows 7 for better performance

Microsoft Windows Outreach
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14 May 2010   #8
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Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

You can also refer to BlackViper's configuration of services guide Windows 7 Service Configurations by Black Viper

Please notice that these different Win 7 OP's are all mentioned
  • S ~ Windows 7 Starter
  • HB ~ Windows 7 Home Basic
  • HP ~ Windows 7 Home Premium
  • P ~ Windows 7 Professional
  • U ~ Windows 7 Ultimate
  • E ~ Windows 7 Enterprise
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