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Windows 7: Win7 Explorer - Slower than ever?

02 Sep 2011   #1
NashvilleKit

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
Win7 Explorer - Slower than ever?

What could be causing this? I have a new fast PC (see my profile) and I spend most of my maintenance time watching the damn green bar creep slowly across the top of Windows Explorer. It seems slower than my 8-year-old PC I abandoned for this new one. I have everything on my primary (C) drive indexed but it still can take 2 or 3 minutes to completely refresh to an opened folder, etc.

I have Norton AV and I often run Ad-Watch, Spybot, etc. and some registry cleaners to keep my system trim.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Or is that just the way it is?

NashvilleKit


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02 Sep 2011   #2
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NashvilleKit View Post
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Yes.

Quote:
I have Norton AV and I often run Ad-Watch, Spybot, etc. and some registry cleaners to keep my system trim. [Or other third-party software and or tweaking]
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02 Sep 2011   #3
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

NashvilleKit,
All is normal, Win 7 is still building up index info. Just ignore the green bar and keep going.

The thing is an annoyance and causes misconceptions but the bar is harmless. Your system is in order, which you can prove by:

WIN + PAUSE/BREAK keycombo | Performance Information and Tools (bottom of left-hand pane) | click on the text to run an assessment of your computers performance.

Incidentally, you are now using Win 7 and do not need all of those wonderful tools, aids, speeder-uppers, cleaners that you used before.

Win 7 comes with very effective tools.

all of those wonderful old-faithful standbys are now your enemy. Annihilate them.
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02 Sep 2011   #4
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Oh yes,
WIN is the key with the wavy Microsoft flag.

Try such things as:
WIN + X
Win + R
Win + L
Win + Spacebar
Win + D
Win + T
Win + F1
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02 Sep 2011   #5
Coke Robot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If it is a recent, as in, very recent install of 7, then it's the Indexing service running.

Norton is pretty not resource-lean, maybe more recent versions are but generally aren't. I'd recommend getting a different AV.

As for your registry cleaner, that maybe doing harm. Could you provide the product details of said cleaner? Many people here don't ever use registry cleaners and use CCleaner. But what I think might be your issue is simply registry fragmentation and not simply registry errors. I think it could be that since if you had 7 installed for a while and performance has degraded.
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02 Sep 2011   #6
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

actually, registry fragmentation is never a problem. Data fragmentation can be. Don't believe all the hype from the defrag companies.

If you want to defrag, use the built-in Win 7 Defragmenter or use CONTIG.EXE from the SysInternals folk:
Contig
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03 Sep 2011   #7
Coke Robot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hmmm, I don't know, registry fragmentation does cause overall slowness. Hard drive fragmentation obviously is, but I've seen systems where reinstalling almost seems like the best option and when the registry is defragged, it literally runs like Windows has been reinstalled.
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03 Sep 2011   #8
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

coke,
Do you have a Microsoft KB article to back up your
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registry fragmentation does cause overall slowness
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03 Sep 2011   #9
Coke Robot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
coke,
Do you have a Microsoft KB article to back up your
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registry fragmentation does cause overall slowness
No, but honestly I doubt Microsoft would say that Windows can get slow after a while of usage.

But what I do have to prove said slowness are faster startups when they took ages, Windows Explorer doesn't stop responding when you try to open many things at once, and a general overall feeling of responsiveness in programs.

I don't have hard proof I can show with startups right now since I personally have defragged my registry a week ago, but if I need to, I'll let Windows get fragged a bit to show some evidence.
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03 Sep 2011   #10
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Hello NashvilleKit, I use Norton with no issues. I would however recommend getting rid of SpyBot and Ad Watch. Spybot was a good ol' program for XP and earlier but it causes issues with Win7. Both can cause system degradation and hangs. As Karlsnooks offered, the green progress bar is indexing updating and should cause no problems. Once updated it will only index new data.
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