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Vista slow when opening folders

Last response: in Windows Vista
December 9, 2008 3:40:42 AM

I've been using Vista on this homebuild since Oct. 2007, and one thing I've noticed that is very annoying is that it often takes several seconds to open folders.

It seems like it is indexing every single file in the folder to determine what type of file it is or something before resuming responsiveness once you open a folder. So for example, not always, but oftentimes when I open my Downloads folder, which has a lot of files, it will take several seconds to fully display and become responsive.

I'm running a Q6600, 4GB RAM, 8800GT. Vista Home Prem. 64-bit.

Any solutions?
December 9, 2008 6:53:54 AM

Check what is your running processes are see if there is anything using high memory/cpu and try and remove it from your startup
December 9, 2008 11:53:02 AM

Yea, several seconds is a long time - I just opened up a massive directory of about 180 gig and a bunch of files and it pops up instantly. So I would guess something is running that is slowing things down. Could be a resource hogging A/V program or it could be malware or something along those lines. See if it happens in safe mode. If not then you have a clue that a bkg process of some sort is probably causing it.
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September 5, 2009 3:45:03 PM

Having similar problem with the 32 bit edition. Have come to the conclusion that something is missing.
September 7, 2009 6:38:13 AM

Nice old thread. Hmm... I always found that Vista was dog slow opening my Downloads folder too. It didn't even have much in it, and it was only that folder. Never worked out why it would lock up when opening the folder for the first time after each reboot.
October 17, 2009 8:29:08 PM

I have the same problem with Seven, anyone find a solution for this issue? It's a bit of an annoyance. :\

And it does seem to only be the Downloads folder for some reason as a well. Regardless of how many files are actually in the folder, be it 300 or 30.

October 20, 2009 2:55:24 PM

My fiance has the same issue with her Vista PC. Outlook 2007 takes forever to open, when saving attachments from an email it takes forever. When viewing photos it takes forever for it to initially open. She uses Story Book Creator and Memory Manager for her photos, which she has around 13,000 photos on her pc. Could that be the cause of the slow loading?

# Genuine Windows VISTA Home Premium 64-bit
# 2GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
# Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor T6600 (2.2GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)
# 250GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
# 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 4530

Those are her computer specs (roughly, I just copied and pasted from the HP site as I can't find her's for some reason).
September 18, 2010 7:19:59 PM

Did you manage to find a solution for the "slow downloads folder" problem... it's driving me nuts! :) 
September 18, 2010 9:41:20 PM

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