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    File Explorer Being Extremely Slow

    by ghernean ·


    Hey everyone! I have a Razer Blade running windows 10. For the past several weeks I’ve had an issue with my File Explorer. Whenever I go to click on something inside the file explorer, whether that be a folder, file, picture etc. It will take on average 3 minutes to load. I don’t have that many files inside my computer to begin with so I’m not sure what could be causing the issue. I have reset the defaults in the advanced options, made sure everything is updated to be safe. Reset and shut down my laptop multiple times as well as used the Task Manager to restart the explorer as well. Nothing I’ve done has been able to fix it. Does anybody have any tips or fixes? If you it would be really helpful!

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    • #2414733
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      This can be normal.

      by rproffitt ·

      In reply to File Explorer Being Extremely Slow

      I’ve seen that with folders that have many pictures and videos. It’s just how things work.

      Keeping folders small, say with 200 files tops makes it much faster.

    • #2414732
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      Re: File Explorer extremely slow

      by kees_b ·

      In reply to File Explorer Being Extremely Slow

      There are other possible causes, like:
      – the hard disk has become bad
      – you installed a bad right-click extension
      – malware

      Things you can to try to find the cause:
      – see how File Explorer behaves with a USB-stick and an external hard disk
      – see how File Explorer behaves after booting into Safe Mode (google how to do that in Windows 10)
      – install Windows 10 on a new hard disk or SSD (keep the old one, then you don’t lose anyhing) and see if it’s fast then
      – reset Windows

      Please tell the results of your experiments.

      • #2414729
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        Very nice!

        by rproffitt ·

        In reply to Re: File Explorer extremely slow

        Beyond bad/slowing HDDs I’m finding today’s owners comparing their PC (with older technology hard disk drives) speed with new PCs with SSDs.

        The good news is that SSDs here have fallen in price and upgrading is almost always possible.

    • #2414723

      On top of the rest of the suggestions here

      by the master2 ·

      In reply to File Explorer Being Extremely Slow

      When did you last Defrag the Drive?

      As Windows runs it fragments the Hard Drive and you need to regularly defrag it to keep things working the way that they should.

      I’ve seen cases where some people put way too much into a folder and it takes much longer than that to open where they have 120 Gig of Music Files or lots of folders inside a folder but the most common issue for slow opening times is a badly fragmented drive.

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      Reason for slow file explorer

      by sophiagarcia ·

      In reply to File Explorer Being Extremely Slow

      If File Explorer is slow on your PC, you might be able to fix it by changing the File Explorer options. To do that, simply open File Explorer Options and navigate to the View tab. In the Advanced settings section check the Launch folder windows in a separate process option. Click Apply and OK to save changes.

    • #2414186

      Beware from tech Scammers and go with the right one

      by parmforav ·

      In reply to File Explorer Being Extremely Slow

      hi buddy.
      you can try to clear your temp files, deleting files in recycle bin, move your data from the download folder to another disk drive.
      hopefully, this will fix your problem

    • #2414953

      Disable thumbnails

      by naheed mir ·

      In reply to File Explorer Being Extremely Slow

      If the files are taking long only for photos then it is because it adds templates, to allow you to preview them which takes longer. If thumbnails are not important then disable thumbnails in File Explorer settings.

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