Long delays opening "standard" windows

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Qu0ll, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. Qu0ll

    Qu0ll Guest

    Vista Ultimate x64.

    For some reason, when I first boot the system, "standard"-type windows such
    as Explorer, Network & Printers open quickly as expected. But after an
    indeterminate period of time they start opening very slowly sometimes taking
    4 minutes or more to fully display all items. This means that any
    application that saves/opens a file takes a very long time to open the file
    chooser window.

    As I said, it only happens after the system has been up for a while. Any
    ideas what could be causing this and how to resolve it? I am so close to
    having a fully working Vista system.

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    Qu0ll, Jun 14, 2007
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    KristleBawl Guest

    Have you ruled out faulty RAM or cooling fan? Just asking, because it's easy
    to overlook a simple hardware solution to what looks like a complex software
    problem. <g>

    KB

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    KristleBawl, Jun 15, 2007
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    Qu0ll Guest

    Thanks KB.

    I agree but I have run a memory diagnostic and the system certainly isn't
    overheating. Also, in all other respects the system is functioning
    perfectly. It just seems to have a problem when it needs to lookup the
    drives and shares after the machine has been up for a while. It's very
    annoying and very counter-productive.

    Any ideas?

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    Qu0ll, Jun 15, 2007
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    madmonkey Guest

    How about indexing? ive noticed that when opening things like documents
    and network after a while takes a while to display All the items becuase
    of the searching feature..
     
    madmonkey, Jun 15, 2007
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    Qu0ll Guest

    Hmm, I don't know about that. There are only 7 devices on the LAN and it
    takes ages to load Network. There are only a few disk drives and yet it
    takes ages to open a root-level Explorer window. There are only 3 printers
    yet it takes ages to open up Printers. It must be something else I suspect.

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    Qu0ll, Jun 15, 2007
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    Qu0ll Guest

    Some further info:

    1. When each folder opens, it seems to know how many items are in it and
    actually displays them initially as whitish document icons which are then
    replaced with the proper icons (such as a computer for Network items) when
    the pause is over. This would suggest that it's not the contents of the
    folder per se that is the cause of the problem but rather something to do
    with one of the standard items that appears in each folder.

    2. I have tried removing all mapped network drives to no avail.

    3. Computer seems to be the item that is in each folder so it could be the
    culprit. When I open Computer in its own it takes ages and then displays
    the computer's configuration. If I go through each item and click on it,
    everything displays quickly and as expected.

    4. If I open the Control Panel on its own it opens quickly.

    It is VERY important that I resolve this issue because I am about to save
    all disk images and then move them to larger capacity drives. I don't want
    to do this if there is still a major problem with the system. As I have
    stated, other than this everything is working fine so I am very keen to
    resolve it ASAP otherwise I will have to do a clean install on the new
    drives.

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    Qu0ll, Jun 15, 2007
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    Qu0ll Guest

    More info:

    1. Almost all windows are affected, even the Recycle Bin.

    2. When the problem happens and I go into Windows Explorer, all folders and
    their items behave correctly except for one: the user's profile folder. I
    tried to delete an empty folder in this folder and it took over a minute to
    bring up the confirmation message and then 3 minutes to actual delete the
    folder.

    3. Based on (2), I moved all folders in the profile that lived on the D:
    drive back to the C: drive. Now the entire profile lives on the C: drive.
    This didn't help.

    So me thinks it must be some kind of profile corruption but I cannot just
    blow away the profile and start again as I just have far too many
    application settings that I want to preserve. Is there a way to repair/fix
    the profile corruption without losing all the settings?

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    Qu0ll, Jun 15, 2007
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    madmonkey Guest

    Ya i was going to ask if you have formatted. Anytime ive got a problem
    that big and annoying i just blow the drive and start over, in the end
    its less stressful then ttrying to fix a problem that isnt document
    anywhere else. Problem with vista.. not alot of support base yet.
     
    madmonkey, Jun 15, 2007
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    Qu0ll Guest

    Anyone? My machine is practically unusable now.

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    Qu0ll, Jun 15, 2007
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    Qu0ll Guest

    I have made major progress with this problem.

    I waited till the problem occurred and then I went into Task Manager and
    killed each process in turn and then opened Explorer. To my surprise I
    killed all processes that I had permission to kill and the problem didn't go
    away. So then I tackled the processes and to my delight as soon as I
    stopped the DHCP client the problem went away. I restarted it and it came
    back. Stopped it and it went away again. It's definitely related to the
    DHCP client.

    Unfortunately this is not a solution to the problem as if I kill the DHCP
    client I lose my networking but at least we know what's causing the problem
    or at least in what area it is.

    Now, why does the DHCP client intefere with Windows Explorer and why after
    30 mins? Perhaps it has something to do with the Network "node" in Explorer
    because it is in every Explorer view and perhaps the DHCP client does
    something to the network after 30 mins which then affects the ability to
    display or access the Network "node".

    Any ideas?

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    Qu0ll, Jun 16, 2007
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    Qu0ll Guest

    Solved. For some reason my NIC's IPv4 settings had been changed and were
    invalid. I returned them to their correct settings and everything opens up
    quickly now. I knew it was network related!

    Thanks to everyone for their suggestions.

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    Qu0ll, Jun 16, 2007
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    fquednau Guest

    Aww, bummer...tried the DHCP thing but to no avail...I am having those
    delays as well, albeit not in the region of minutes, more like 5-15
    secs, but still immensely annoying, since opening files / Explorer is
    something you usually do a lot. I shall keep looking.

    Regards
    Frank
     
    fquednau, Jun 26, 2007
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    madmonkey Guest

    Ive found IPv6 is a pain in the ass and causes many problems, never
    would have suspected IPv4.. Good one:)
     
    madmonkey, Jun 26, 2007
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    Qu0ll Guest


    I haven't figured out though just why the IPv4 settings were corrupted as I
    certainly never touch them.

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    Qu0ll, Jun 26, 2007
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