Vista slow deleting, moving and copying files?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by NewsReader2K, May 8, 2007.

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    NewsReader2K Guest

    System Specs:

    Vista Ultimate
    P4 3.2 Ghz
    2 gig DDR dual-channel memory

    I did a Google search and got bombarded with conflicting info, and was I
    wondering if there were an official work-around for this issue?

    NewsReader2K, May 8, 2007
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    brink Guest

    Hi NewsReader2k,

    Could be many things causing this. Try these most common remedies:

    1. defrag hard drive
    2. run a registry cleaner
    3. run a registry defragger
    4. run disk cleanup
    5. make sure you have the most current drivers (BIOS, video, sound

    Also try these 3 tips to improve hard drive performance at this link:


    Hope this helps,


    "Practice makes perfect, then you reinstall"
    Vista 64 Home Premium
    1.5 Gig DDR2 533 Mhz (PC4200) RAM
    brink, May 12, 2007
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    Zygote Guest

    brink, I think you're missing the point.

    Vista is *Extremely* slow at copying files between drives. As an example, I
    just copied the install file for Filezilla from a network location to my hard
    disk, a whopping 3.72Mb. It took vista about 1 and a half minutes to copy!!
    Most of the time it was "calculating time remaining". The same copy process
    to an XP machine is almost instant.

    Microsoft really need to fix this.
    Zygote, Jun 13, 2007
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    brink Guest

    Ok Zygote,

    Sorry, that is extemely slow. I'm not for sure if this will help, but
    I read that uninstall McAfee completely (if you have it) will help.
    Read it to at this link and see what you think??

    'How to Fix Windows Vista Slow Network Transfer ยป
    Internet Marketing - Ian Lee' (

    Hope this helps,


    *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask them.*
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    Please post feedback to help others.
    brink, Jun 13, 2007
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    Pete138 Guest

    Pete138, Jun 13, 2007
  6. Zygote

    This problem has already been fixed with a hotfix package. Go to the
    following website and the KB article. If this is the behavior that you are
    seeing, go to the second link to request the hotfix. Fill in the form and
    make sure that you enter "931770" in the KB section. You should receive a
    reply with a link to download/install the hotfix within 24 hours.

    The copy process may stop responding when you try to copy files from a
    server on a network to a Windows Vista-based computer:

    Contact Us: Hotfix Request Web Submission Form:;en;1399&showpage=1&WS=hotfix

    You may also want to take a look at this article.

    When you copy large files to or from earlier operating systems, the copy
    operation may be slower than expected on some Windows Vista-based computers:
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Jun 13, 2007
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    Zygote Guest

    Thanks to everyone who replied, there is so much conflicting information out
    there regarding this issue but the one that fixed it for me was to disable
    the "IP Helper", "Windows Search" and "Computer Browser" services. If I get
    time I might enable them again one by one to see if it's just a single
    service that's causing this issue. The post I read originally said to
    disable "IP Helper" and "Computer Browser".

    I'll check the link regarding McAfee as I do have VS8.5i installed and the
    protection pilot agent V3.6.6
    Zygote, Jun 14, 2007
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    brink Guest


    Glad to hear it.
    I just read one that said to disable TCP Auto Tuning to fix it. (hehe)
    Who knows for sure.



    *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask them.
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    Please post feedback to help others.
    brink, Jun 14, 2007
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    NewsReader2k Guest

    NewsReader2k, Jun 15, 2007
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    brink Guest


    Try disabling the TCP Auto Tune. Go to this link and start ay step 1.
    The links for Live Messenger, but it shows you how to disable the Auto
    tune. If it doesn't work for you, then just undo it to enable it again.

    Hope this helps,


    *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask them.*
    '_www.Vistax64.com_' (
    Please post feedback to help others.
    brink, Jun 15, 2007
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    Kevin Guest


    Having the same problems here. We are on Small Business Server 2003. I find
    Vista incredibly slow for all tasks, local, network and internet. I have a
    brand new AMD 64 PC with 2 GB of RAM and it runs like a PIII with 256

    I did turn off the Gadget things and that improved the performance somewhat.

    Opening or closing applications takes time, surfing takes time...the OS is
    not nearly as fast as XP...

    Kevin Burns
    Kevin, Jun 15, 2007
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    txdancer Guest

    I found this solution to SLOW file copy/delete/move:

    Open Programs & Features
    Select Turn Windows Features On or Off
    De-select Remote Differential Compression
    Select OK

    It will take several minutes for this to be de-activated.

    Reboot to be sure it takes.

    Now these operations fly!
    txdancer, Aug 8, 2007
  13. Txdancer

    This fix has been around for some time, but like most other fixes having to
    do with the slow/copy/move files problem, it appears to work for some and
    not for others.

    Google Groups:

    There are a couple of major compatibility/performance updates coming next
    Tuesday to Windows Update. Hopefully some of these issues will be addressed
    in these updates.
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Aug 11, 2007
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    Kika Guest

    NOTE: I want to first apologize if I am not posting this correctly.
    Please forgive me that. (I usually have a software engineer friend who
    helps me, but he's at a loss as well....). Please advise if I need to
    post this differently. Thank you so much.

    I am using Windows Vista Home Premium on an HPw1907. If more specs are
    needed, let me know. I do have sp1 as well.

    When I first got my computer, all was dandy. THEN, I did my windows
    updates as scheduled and one day (uncertain when, but not long after I
    purchased the machine in February) I preformed a very simple task of
    changing a file name. It locked my computer for a good 1 to 1.5
    minutes until finally the name was changed. Also, when I try to move
    or delete files and folders it takes an extremely long time to complete
    - and as many others described...the little nagging window stating how
    long it's going to take to change, move or delete a tiny file like for
    instance, notepad.

    I have searched the internet desperately for some fix to this, but have
    found none that have worked. I have tried all on this forum that would
    apply to me to no avail. Is this something that I just have to deal
    with or is there some sort of "fix" or "work-around" available?

    I have no conflicts with other software that I am aware of as I have
    literally tried all I can...again to no avail.

    Any help anyone can give would be appreciated. I have a business
    website I've been trying to finish and it is really aggravating trying
    to create new folders for organization.

    Thank you again.
    Kika, Jun 8, 2008

  15. Performance problems these days are very often caused by malware
    infection. What firewall, anti-virus, and anti-spyware applications do
    you run?

    I would begin troubleshooting by going to MVP Malke's malware removal
    site at and
    following the instructions there.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Jun 8, 2008

  16. You are replying to a message I wrote almost two years ago?
    Ken Blake, MVP, May 11, 2010
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