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Windows 7: Explorer SLOW on large folders

17 May 2009   #1
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 
Explorer SLOW on large folders

I'm finding Explorer to be extremely slow on large folders (containing 2,000+ files for example) Much slower than Vista and insanely slower than XP.

It seems to REALLY be tryng hard to peek at every file and gleen info from them every time you open the folder instead of just populating the list as fast as posible. When doing work on your files, the last thing you want is to have to wait 15 seconds for the folder to open when all you want to do is drag a file into it and close it.

I have already set all the folders to the standard details view / general with nothing but the standard name/date/type/size columns which on XP are INSANELY fast to populate. Probably not indexing... previous versions maybe? Or new "auto" functionality built in?

Anyone know of anyway of completely turning off the helpfulness that's been added to explorer for good? I don't need to know I have 2,000 files listed as "unspecified" if it's going to take 15 seconds to figure that out


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17 May 2009   #2
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Hmmm, may have a fix for this. By default folders come up set to "Optimize this folder for: General" but swithcing folders with a lot of files over to "Documents" seems to stop Explorer from trying to figure out anything about the files that is not already in the file tables.

Nothing like asking about a problem to make you REALLy try to figure it out :/
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13 Jul 2009   #3
SevenUser

Windows 7
 
 

Many thanks for this! It certainly solved the problem here. Windows 7 was 'optimising' my TV recordings folder as a 'video' folder. Listing the folder contents was like treacle.

I used your advice and reset the 'optimisation' to 'General', and now everything is quick and smooth when listing folder contents.
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13 Jul 2009   #4
Chappy

Vista Ult 64bit - Windows 7 Ult 7264 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Hmmm, may have a fix for this. By default folders come up set to "Optimize this folder for: General" but swithcing folders with a lot of files over to "Documents" seems to stop Explorer from trying to figure out anything about the files that is not already in the file tables.

Nothing like asking about a problem to make you REALLy try to figure it out :/
LOL..how true!
I don't know how many times in my early years that I asked a question on a board, then immediately went about testing some new idea, and find myself fixing things before I ever got an answer from the board.
So many times, the second post was me posting back to say that I found the problem and explaining what I did...just like you did here. A little nostalgic!
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14 Jul 2009   #5
VeeEss

 
 

We really need WinFS, relational db's for the win!
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14 Jul 2009   #6
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Hmmm, may have a fix for this. By default folders come up set to "Optimize this folder for: General" but swithcing folders with a lot of files over to "Documents" seems to stop Explorer from trying to figure out anything about the files that is not already in the file tables.

Nothing like asking about a problem to make you REALLy try to figure it out :/
Had the same problem, your solution seems to work. IŽd rep you but for reasons unknown to me your posts have no rep-button.
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14 Jul 2009   #7
7echno7im

Windows 7 7600.16384 x64
 
 

You can try this. Supported by MS too. It helps with huge folders and files with many files and dirs.

How to Disable the 8.3 Name Creation on NTFS Partitions
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14 Jul 2009   #8
7echno7im

Windows 7 7600.16384 x64
 
 

it basically disables the short name create for 16bit applications which required it, for large folders with tons of files and folder, it should help.
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14 Jul 2009   #9
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Had the same problem, your solution seems to work. IŽd rep you but for reasons unknown to me your posts have no rep-button.
I may need to hand out a couple mor reps to get any more maybe?

Or maybe I got a complaint!

[Edit] Hmm this new one has a button, Maybe the button expires after a while...
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15 Jul 2009   #10
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
I may need to hand out a couple mor reps to get any more maybe?

Or maybe I got a complaint!

[Edit] Hmm this new one has a button, Maybe the button expires after a while...
No, it was just that you cannot rep old posts. Now you got your rep, I gave it to your last post in this thread.
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