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Windows 7: Extremely slow performance in Windows Explorer.

17 Jun 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Extremely slow performance in Windows Explorer.

Hi, first post. =)


I'm getting excruciatingly slow performance while browsing the contents of any of my hard drives. Double click on My Computer, wait about 15 seconds while the green bar along the top fills... Ah, there are my hard drives. Double click on one, wait about 15 seconds for the green bar... Ah, there's my music, etc. etc. etc.

If I'm inside a program, and do File > Open, and browse through my files, it goes as fast as normal. It only seems to be slow when browsing via Explorer.

There's no reason my system should be this slow, as it's a solid build:

EVGA 790i Ultra motherboard
Q9450 @ 3.6 GHz
4 gig 1600 MHz Corsair XMS
EVGA 8800GT @ 700/1750/2000


Any ideas? Thanks in advance!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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17 Jun 2009   #2

Windos 7 Beta
 
 

Well.. That makes 2 of us.. I'm not quite that slow, but pretty close.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jun 2009   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Odinist and Tathra, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You may have some form of malware on your computer, or you may have done a upgrade install that did not go to well.

I would recommend to thoroughly scan your computer with a antivirus and malware program to be safe, and see if a repair install may help.

If not, then you may need to format and do a clean reinstall.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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17 Jun 2009   #4

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Odinist View Post
Hi, first post. =)


I'm getting excruciatingly slow performance while browsing the contents of any of my hard drives. Double click on My Computer, wait about 15 seconds while the green bar along the top fills... Ah, there are my hard drives. Double click on one, wait about 15 seconds for the green bar... Ah, there's my music, etc. etc. etc.

If I'm inside a program, and do File > Open, and browse through my files, it goes as fast as normal. It only seems to be slow when browsing via Explorer.

There's no reason my system should be this slow, as it's a solid build:

EVGA 790i Ultra motherboard
Q9450 @ 3.6 GHz
4 gig 1600 MHz Corsair XMS
EVGA 8800GT @ 700/1750/2000



Any ideas? Thanks in advance!
Welcome to sevenforums. Someone will have the answer here.
Do you have indexing turned off? How big is the drive and how many files/folders?
waiting for info BTW if you fill in your "my system Specs" we will be able to help you more quickly.

Ken
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jun 2009   #5
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

I am having the same problem. Now there are no problems with a virus or malware (do a scan daily). In order to determine if this is something consistent only with Win 7 on my computer I did the following:

1. Being a dual boat jumped over to Vista 64 Ultimate and there was no problem.

2. Went back to 7 and ran XP (VM Ware) and there was no problem there.

Now this has been a problem since loading up 7100 RC, so it has been a daunting problem, and for me that is unusual because usually I can figure out a problem. Albeit I decided just to wait for RTM to see if the problem still exist.

System: Gateway FX 7026. Q9300 Intel(R) Core(TM) Quad 2.5 OC 64 bit
16 Gigs DDR2 6400 Memory, Windows Vista Ultimate 64, Windows
Seven 7100 RC 64 bit, VM Ware running Windos XP, Ubuntu, OpenSusie
11.2
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jun 2009   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Odinist and Tathra, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You may have some form of malware on your computer, or you may have done a upgrade install that did not go to well.

I would recommend to thoroughly scan your computer with a antivirus and malware program to be safe, and see if a repair install may help.

If not, then you may need to format and do a clean reinstall.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
No malware - I have AVG updated and running a daily scan. This is a clean install of Windows 7 RC. Before the install I was running Vista Ultimate 64 SP1, and didn't have the problem. If I boot into OS X (Hackintosh ^_^) I don't have the problem.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Welcome to sevenforums. Someone will have the answer here.
Do you have indexing turned off? How big is the drive and how many files/folders?
waiting for info BTW if you fill in your "my system Specs" we will be able to help you more quickly.

Ken
I hope so, that's why I came here, hehe. Indexing is turned off, but that didn't make a difference. The main drive is 250 gig, but I have two smaller (IDE) drives, and it's slow regardless of which drive I'm trying to browse. It's even slow just initially opening My Computer. I listed system specs in my initial post, but I've gone ahead an filled them in the proper way if you want to take a look.

I saw another post on here, a guy having the same issue. He said that he resolved it by changing his drives from being optimized for "General Folders" to "Documents." I tried that, and it seems to help for maybe an hour or so, but then the problem reared its head again.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jun 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You may have a corrupted installation. You might try the repair install to see if it can help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jun 2009   #8

Windows 7
 
 

It's worth a shot... I'll give it a go when I get home from work. =)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jun 2009   #9

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Well I foud the same thing on my machine (7100).

Compared to even vista, browsing folders with large numbers of media files was a crawl. By default Windows 7 is trying to suck information about the files out, posibly even creating thumbnails or indexing them on the fly. The automatic "Let me put you into picture view mode because you have one jpeg in this folder" "Feature" is REALLY REALLY ANNOYING!

But for 7100 the problem was WAY worse for some reason. Anyway, as in most every other version of windows, I go tot he root of the drive and then to the folder settings ("Customize") and set the current folder view to "general files" or "general documents" I think it was called (It changes name every OS). Then select "Apply to all folders".

That makes it show nothing but the file system info for each file like ghod intended, no thumbnails, no id3 tag parsing, no jpeg header parsing, just size, date, and name. Opening large folders is again instantly fast.

You may have to go back to certain folders you wanted to actually be in icon view and set those again, the preview and icon modes are not bad IF *I* get to control when it does and doesn't happen.

Course unfortuantely you eventually run into the bag mru limit problem and after a few weeks or months Windows starts randomly changing your folder views on you again... I really wish tthere was a single place you could just turn that off completely.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jun 2009   #10

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Well I foud the same thing on my machine (7100).

Compared to even vista, browsing folders with large numbers of media files was a crawl. By default Windows 7 is trying to suck information about the files out, posibly even creating thumbnails or indexing them on the fly. The automatic "Let me put you into picture view mode because you have one jpeg in this folder" "Feature" is REALLY REALLY ANNOYING!

But for 7100 the problem was WAY worse for some reason. Anyway, as in most every other version of windows, I go tot he root of the drive and then to the folder settings ("Customize") and set the current folder view to "general files" or "general documents" I think it was called (It changes name every OS). Then select "Apply to all folders".

That makes it show nothing but the file system info for each file like ghod intended, no thumbnails, no id3 tag parsing, no jpeg header parsing, just size, date, and name. Opening large folders is again instantly fast.

You may have to go back to certain folders you wanted to actually be in icon view and set those again, the preview and icon modes are not bad IF *I* get to control when it does and doesn't happen.

Course unfortuantely you eventually run into the bag mru limit problem and after a few weeks or months Windows starts randomly changing your folder views on you again... I really wish tthere was a single place you could just turn that off completely.
Really nice +1 rep

Ken
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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