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Windows 7: Windows Explorer takes a long time to load?

28 Apr 2011   #1
smurof7neves

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit Service Pack 1
 
 
Windows Explorer takes a long time to load?

What's going on with the icon on my taskbar? It takes 22 seconds to load Explorer. Every other link to a folder in Explorer is practically instantaneous, including the links in Start Menu.


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29 Apr 2011   #2
Vertex

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit, Windows Developer Preview, Linux Mint 9 Gnome 32 Bit
 
 

You can try unpinning the Windows Explorer icon from the taskbar, then type Windows Explorer in the search function on the Start Menu. It should display Windows Explorer on the top of the search results, right click that and pin to taskbar.

Have you looked into the issue that maybe this is because of malware that is slowing down Windows Explorer when launched from the taskbar icon?
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29 Apr 2011   #3
smurof7neves

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

I've looked into that. It seems doubtful, as I have a decent Antivirus Program.

Explorer also loads slowly from the Start Menu and most likely from other locations as well.
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29 Apr 2011   #4
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Try this;

QTTabBar

solves the problems with Explorer lag. Starts a lot faster than Explorer by itself, as the developer has streamlined some code.

Regards....Mike Connor
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29 Apr 2011   #5
smurof7neves

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike Connor View Post
Try this;

QTTabBar

solves the problems with Explorer lag. Starts a lot faster than Explorer by itself, as the developer has streamlined some code.

Regards....Mike Connor
That's fine...if you want to avoid the problem. Isn't there a way to fix the problem I'm having?

I appreciate the answer, though.
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29 Apr 2011   #6
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smurof7neves View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike Connor View Post
Try this;

QTTabBar

solves the problems with Explorer lag. Starts a lot faster than Explorer by itself, as the developer has streamlined some code.

Regards....Mike Connor
That's fine...if you want to avoid the problem. Isn't there a way to fix the problem I'm having?

I appreciate the answer, though.
That does not avoid the problem, it actually fixes it. The problem is known as "explorer lag". Depending on where you call Explorer from, and how you call it, this can be a severe problem.

Some more information on that;

Memory leak when calling AutomationElement::ElementFromPoint on Items View object

Scrolling Lag Bug COMPLETELY FIXED!! QTTabBar

Automation Bug Postmortem QTTabBar

QTTabBar


There is no other fix for it, because although Microsoft accept that it is a bug, they are either unwilling or unable to fix it.

Regards....Mike Connor
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29 Apr 2011   #7
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

It would be useful to get a process monitor log started right before you click explorer in the superbar, and then stop/save it to a .pml file right after it finishes loading. It could be the above, but it could be any other number of things. Procmon should at least allow us to not guess.
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26 Sep 2013   #8
kcomp1863

IN
 
 

Just read this old post and tried QTTabBar, as recommended by Mike Conners. This program is THE answer! My explorer windows now open instantaneously.....NO WAITING for program icons to load now! Thanks to Mike Conner for directing me to this little FREE jewel.

Incidentally, I have found tons of useful tips, remedies, registry and .bat file fixes for numerous Windows 7 quirks or annoyances over the past couple of years....so my hat is off to this forum! It is a VERY useful resource.
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12 Nov 2013   #9
user0604

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

QTTabbar IS THE ANSWER!

Made a new account just to come and say this.
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12 Nov 2013   #10
x BlueRobot

 

ProcMon would have been the better option in my opinion, at least we would actually get a understanding of what is happening, and then give possible solutions to the problem.
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