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Folders take too long to open

Hello,
I have the following Windows XP problem, which started appearing several months ago: When I click on a folder it takes a very long time to open. For example, today I actually encountered a situation when the time between the doubleclick on a folder icon and its opening was more than 2 minutes. I might add that when I type "explorer " on a command line, the folder opens instantaneously.
Regards,
bostjanv

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  • bostjanv Dec 28, 2008

    In response to Eddie333and mangalarapu
    Thanks for your reply.

    "Does it happen on a specific folder or just any folder on your C:/ ?"

    I haven't noticed any particular slant in this behavior.

    "If its ANY folder then its a performance issue and you may have to do some defrag, desktop cleanup, temp file deletion. Also try disconnecting any network drives you may have as it searches this other drives."

    --I do defrags regularly
    --I don't have the habit of cleaning my desktop; but on the other
    hand I keep my desktop pretty Spartan and uncluttered.
    --temp files could be an issue because up to now my belief was that the system takes care of them. When I examined my %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Temp directory I found it had quite a few files. On the other hand, as I write later on, the situation has improved considerably but the previously mentioned temp file folder has not changed dramatically.
    --I don't have any network drives.

    However, there was an interesting development : when I wrote my original post, some folders took up to 2 minutes to open. At this moment they are pretty snappy, and they open at once. The only thing that could have influenced folder behavior in my view was a registry maintainance operation that I performed today. I cleaned up my registry with UniBlue Registry Booster. The operation found about 80 registry errors. However, I am not 100% sure that it was this action that improved my problem since I did not test folders immediately before and after the registry cleanup.

    --I have not tried disabling my antivirus software since at this moment the problem seems to have gone away

    In summary:
    I have this recurring and fluctuating (sometimes better sometimes worse) problem with folder opening time. Some of things Eddie333 and mangalarapu mention as helpful are
    -- defrag
    -- desktop cleanup
    -- temp file cleanup
    -- as large as possible RAM (my is 1GB)
    -- good antivirus and antispyware software (I use Norman antivirus
    and Lavasoft Ad-Aware)

    Perhaps the major question I have now is whether the registry cleanup operation I mention above (and you don't mention in your list) is likely to help when I run into this problem again?
    Regards,
    bostjanv

  • Ed Deguzman
    Ed Deguzman May 11, 2010

    Does it happen on a specific folder or just any folder on your C:/ ?

    If its ANY folder then its a performance issue and you may have to do some defrag, desktop cleanup, temp file deletion. Also try disconnecting any network drives you may have as it searches this other drives.

    Also if you have any anti-virus software try disabling it.

    Additionally if its opening in "Detail" view its loads much faster than if it were being open in "Thumbnail" mode



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It might be too early to tell if by just cleaning the registry solved that issue you had earlier but cleaning the registry in general helps in better performance and fix error messages. Having no info about what its really fixing your best bet is to monitor it for a while and make notes when it does happen again.If it does happen again to run the registry cleaner and see if solves it again. It could also have been a missing or invalid references associated with the folder that the registry was able to clean up.

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When I reported the problem some folders took up to 2 minutes to open. At this time they open normally. The only thing that could conceivable have influenced open folder time is a registry cleanup that I performed. However, I am not sure it was that did the trick.
Regards,
bostjanv

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Solution: 

let us try some troubleshooting steps, hope they will work.....................

i) Click on start button------>Select the option Control Panel ------>Select Printers and Other Hardware--->

  ----->Select Mouse----->Mouse Properties window appear-----> highlight or click Buttons Tab on the top 

  -----> locate Double Click speed(in middle) and try move slide bar towards extreme right(towards Fast),

         now click apply and ok.....see the difference, if not try next one...........


ii) How much is ur RAM capacity(i would suggest > 1 GB RAM), if ur RAM something like 512 or 256     MB then you have to upgrade it to 1GB since you may face these problem with less RAM.....
    
   if you are running more no of application on a lower RAM it will take some time open any                  application or even something like opening a folder......

   if you have good of RAM, then try the next step...

iv) you can even apply single click option to make folders open faster 

    Open My Computer ------> Select Tools option on top-----> Select Folder option ----> Select General Tab------> check single-click to open an item and then click apply and ok......



iii) sometimes it may be due to virus,spyware present in ur system so, i would suggest to install a good antrivirus, spyware software such as Bit Defender, Norton, AVG,......

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