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Windows 7: Windows Explorer Slow Sort

21 Apr 2012   #11

Win7 64-bit Ultimate

gogreen, glad you got it solved. Haven't used those troubleshooters alot because they seem to not work 95% of the time - guess yours was an exception!

Check the Event Log in Administrative Tools and see what the error is for the Search service not starting. Is it the same as gogreen's Error 5, or another error?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Apr 2012   #12

win 7 64 ultimate

Thank you so much for your reply. I manually attempted to Start the Windows Search service. The Error 2 can't find file message immediately pops up.

Then I checked the Event Viewer and found the following:

1. Warning! Source: Search, Event ID: 1008, Task Category: Search service, "The Windows Search Service is starting up and attempting to remove the old search index {Reason: Full Index Reset}.

2. Error: Source: Search, Event ID: 1001, Task Category: Search service, "The Windows Search Service has failed to remove the old search index. Internal error <0,0x80070002>.

3. Error: Source: Search, Event ID: 7023, Task Category: None, "The Windows Search Service terminated with the following error: The system cannot find the file specified. Keywords: 0x8080000000000000

4. Error: Source: Search, Event ID: 7035, Task Category: None, "The Windows Search Service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 943 times. Keywords: 0x8080000000000000

Thank you for any suggestions about this.

Taking ownership of the files did not change anything.
I could not find the search folders to change ownership and permissions.
Does anyone know the names of the folders ?
Thank you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Apr 2012   #13

Windows 10 Home, 64 bit

You do know that taking ownership of a file changes only the "owner" of the file or folder--it does not change the permission level of the file. Right?

If you're able, enter "search" in the Start search box, and click on "Change how Windows searches." Can you see a list of files and folders under "included locations"? This list contains the files and folders to be indexed. These are the files and folders you need to own. Then you'd change your permission level with them.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

27 Apr 2012   #14

W7 Pro 64-bit | W10 Pro 64-bit

I'm posting here because my problem is that Windows Explorer is s-l-o-w to display drives on my network and also within the "master" PC. I have 3 laptops all running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

I record huge chunks of video from wildlife webcams on the "weaker" laptops and transfer the files over the wifi network to the "strongest" one for editing. Sometimes it takes ages for Windows Explorer to see the network, or it takes ages to open the required drive when it does see the network.

I've also had the problem on 2 different laptops where Windows Explorer opens showing only the Libraries (which I don't use, though stuff seems to get dumped into them by Windows), I partition my drives and all data is stored on D. Someone gave me the following 'code' to enter into WE's Properties and now it always opens at Computer, showing drives C and D in the right-hand pane: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /E,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

I don't understand indexing but under guidance from Dell I did something with it but I still sometimes get the green progress bar constantly filling up...

I wonder if you have any tips? The laptop I do the editing on is Alienware M11x-R3 with i7-2637M CPU, 6gb RAM and a 2gb video card.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Apr 2012   #15

win 7 64 ultimate


Thank you again for posting and trying to help.

When I entered 'search' in the Start search box, and clicked on 'Change how Windows searches,' I just get the Indexing Options window with the message 'Indexing is not running,' and of course then no files/folders list is present.

I still have not found a solution.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Apr 2012   #16

Windows 10 Home, 64 bit

If you haven't done this, try it. I apologize if you've been through this:

1. Type "troubleshoot" in the "Search programs and files" start box.
2. Highlight and click on "Troubleshooting," which is probably the first choice listed.
3. Click "System and Security."
3. Then under "Windows," click on "Search and Indexing" and go through the troubleshooter.

If your specific problem isn't listed in the choices of items to fix, click "My problem isn't listed above," and in the next screen type "cannot start search" or something similar and press enter.

I discovered that I could not get searching and indexing to work because ownership and permissions somehow became wrong. I fixed it this way. You may have to keep entering a few different descriptions before you hit one that works.

Again, I apologize if you've tried this unsuccessfully--I know how frustrating it can be!

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Apr 2012   #17

win 7 64 ultimate

Again, thank you SO much for sticking with me on this. You're right ... it's exceedingly frustrating, especially since I've always been pretty good at finding solutions. But not this time. But I don't want to give up. I really want to find a resolution and not just because I need the function; I just really hate to walk away from unsolved riddles.
OK ... so, I tried the suggestion and actually that was one of the first things I tried, long ago, now. And today, the same thing happened as it did originally. At the end, I got the messages:
"Problems found
Incorrect permissions on Windows Search directories Not fixed
Windows Search service not running Not fixed "
Thanks for any further ideas...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Apr 2012   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Try this: check to see if any of your protected system files have become corrupt:

Left click the Windows flag in the lower left corner of the screen. Type cmd, right click on cmd.exe and select Run as Administrator. You might have to click on Yes if the UAC security window pops up. In the command prompt window that appears type sfc /scannow and press enter.

You may have to run it multiple times to get an error free run.

If that doesn't solve it directly, then retry the troubleshooter and see if it can now fix the problem.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Apr 2012   #19

win 7 64 ultimate

Thanks so much for the suggestion.
Unfortunately, I tried this long ago and everything checked out fine.
Just now reran it and again, no problems are present - "no integrity violations."
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Apr 2012   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Can you try running that troubleshooter in Safe Mode?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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