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Windows 7: "Pictures" library is very slow

08 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
"Pictures" library is very slow

I don't understand why this happens, nor how I can fix it. I wonder if anybody else has any input on the issue.

Every time I load a folder in "My Pictures", all the thumbnails seem to re-load themselves, and loading the folder can take extremely long. I have some folders with over 1000 images, and when I load them, it will take sometimes up to 30 seconds before the subdirectories in those folders will even show. It seems as if the thumbnails are loading from left to right, top to bottom. What's even more strange is that the icon for the file doesn't even show at all until the thumbnail is loaded - There will be no filename, nor even a blank thumbnail box showing that the file is there, but just no thumbnail cached yet. Also, the address bar (for lack of a better term) in explorer shows the green progress meter scrolling across the frame while it completes loading the folder.

When I move one of these folders out of the Pictures library, into any other normal folder (like my root folder, or to "My Music"), the thumbnails load instantly, as would be expected... even the folder with over 1000 images. I can flip through folders really fast and not have any issue. It's only when I have the folder type set to Pictures that any of these problems happen.

FWIW, I'm running Windows 7 Professional with a Core2 Duo 2.2ghz CPU, 4GB of DDR2 ram, a Geforce 8800 video card, and two freshly defragged 7200rpm hard drives. Resources are not an issue whatsoever.

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08 Apr 2010   #2

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Windows 8.1 Pro Preview with Media Center
 
 

Open properties of the My Pictures folder. Click Customize tab. Change Optimize this folder value from Pictures to General Items. Check the box Also apply this template to all subfolders.

Do the same for Public Pictures folder plus other folders in your Pictures Library to allow library to open faster.

Kari


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08 Apr 2010   #3

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

If you don't need the thumbnails, just do this:

Organize > Folder & Search Options
View Tab
Check Always Show Icons, Never Thumbnails
OK
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08 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

But the issue is that I want to show the thumbnails, and I want the folder to stay customized for pictures. I would like to know if there is a way to disable that specific behavior, or if that behavior is even normal. I don't see why having a folder classified as a "pictures" folder would require it to rebuild the image cache every single time I load the folder.

Hell for that matter, I don't even think it's really just rebuilding the cache. When I changed the folder type, and loaded a new folder, the image cache built itself insanely fast (like, in 2 seconds)... yet it still somehow takes 30 seconds to load a folder classified as an image folder :/

Edit: Also, just to clarify: Even when I change the view mode from "Large Icons" to anything different, like "list" or "details", it still takes forever to load the list of files within the folder, even though it's not showing thumbnails at all. So there has to be something else at issue here.
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08 Apr 2010   #5

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My tip keeps the thumbnails, you do not notice any difference in folder behavior other than that it opens really fast.

It's of course up to you if you decide not to use a working solution to fix your issue.

Kari
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08 Apr 2010   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Ok, here's another oddity: When I access "My Pictures" directly from the folder path, everything is fine. But when I load it through the "Library" feature, everything is slow. So this has something to do with the libraries, not the folder settings themselves.
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08 Apr 2010   #7

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I'm bailing out. The solution I offered fixes your issue. Using it or not is your decision.

Kari
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16 Apr 2010   #8

Windows 7 - Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
I'm bailing out. The solution I offered fixes your issue. Using it or not is your decision.

Kari
I must be doing something wrong then. When I use that fix it only shows small icons and not thumbnails (I'm looking at photos). If I then choose to use the slider and change it from icons to thumbnails, then I have the same problem all over again.

Oddly, this happens with very small photos. I would expect it from large ones or raw files, but something small I saved from the web I would think it would show very fast.
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16 Apr 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I have this problem. I took Kari's advice and it made absolutely no difference. Thanks for the suggestion though.

I sort by date because some pics have obscure names and it's easier to find new ones this way, however when I changed this back to 'Name' the folder loads instantly.

Maybe this is something you might consider if you sort by anything other than 'Name'
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16 Apr 2010   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro Preview with Media Center
 
 

Strange. I can reproduce your issue when choosing Images, and fix it when choosing General Items. Not only on my rig, on every machine I've tried. The choice stays, whatever position I put the slider on, and pics folder loads fast.
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