Windows Explorer VERY Delayed!

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by SpikeDelight, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. SpikeDelight

    SpikeDelight Guest

    Hi,

    Whenever I try to open any Windows Explorer program like My Computer,
    Control Panel, Recycle Bin, etc. the window immediately freezes (though
    nothing else on the PC freezes) and goes into a non-responsive state. If I
    just do other stuff for about 3-5 minutes the window will eventually open
    correctly, but this is obviously a problem. Does anyone know what is causing
    this or how to fix it? (Or both?) Thanks so much for your time.

    -SpikeDelight
     
    SpikeDelight, Jun 1, 2008
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    DevilsPGD Guest

    In message <>
    Do you have any network drives mapped to drive letters?
     
    DevilsPGD, Jun 1, 2008
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    pbk Guest

    I've figured that two possible issues cause this:

    -- Vista is trying to reconnect to network drives and is scanning the
    network (you can see a progress bar at the top of the window as it does
    this)

    -- Vista's search and indexer is running on the directories you're
    exposing in Explorer. I noticed a major improvement in speed when I
    entirely disabled search and indexing in the services console.
     
    pbk, Jun 1, 2008
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  4. SpikeDelight

    SpikeDelight Guest

    My Drives are:

    Floppy Disk Drive (A)
    Local Disk (C)
    DVD RW (D)
    DVD (E)

    And I'll try to shut off Indexing now
     
    SpikeDelight, Jun 1, 2008
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    SpikeDelight Guest

    Wait, sorry but how do I get to the services console?
     
    SpikeDelight, Jun 1, 2008
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    DevilsPGD Guest

    In message <>
    Hit the start orb, type "services.msc" and hit enter. However, indexing
    should not cause any significant performance impact. The disk queuing
    system and the fact that the indexer backs off work together to create a
    non-impact for nearly everyone (although I do have to admit, I did have
    one machine that just got crushed with indexing enabled. Never figured
    it out as the machine was missing a couple critical drivers for Vista)
     
    DevilsPGD, Jun 1, 2008
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  7. SpikeDelight

    SpikeDelight Guest

    I Stopped Windows Search but it didn't do anything and Indexing on the C
    drive was already turned off when I went to the C Drive Properties. Does
    anyone have any other suggestions?
     
    SpikeDelight, Jun 1, 2008
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  8. Are you on a network? Having the wrong workgroup name causes all sorts of
    weird things like this.

    XP machines have a default workgroup name of MSHOME, whereas Vista machines
    have a default workgroup name of WORKGROUP. Obviously they should all be
    made the same.

    You wouldn't this this relevant, would you? But in my experience it causes
    these odd delays in Explorer while it blindly gropes around the network in
    the background.

    SteveT
     
    Steve Thackery, Jun 1, 2008
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  9. SpikeDelight

    SpikeDelight Guest

    I renamed my network connection to the same one as my other PCs have, but I'm
    still getting a very slow Windows Explorer. This is very weird. It's not even
    like my PC ever chugs at anything else, either. It's a 5.7 on the Rating
    thing.
     
    SpikeDelight, Jun 1, 2008
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    simon42 Guest

    tried everything to track down problem (including posting on this site).
    eventually performance analyser in system pointed towards progarams.
    go into control panel>programs>start up programs.
    once in windows defender if you find yourself in the same position as i did
    you may well find as many as 20 different programs 'enabled' and aparently
    all starting up when the computer. 'disable' a few of them!
    My vista has never worked quicker.
    Is this an inherent fault with vista that it sets programs to auto-start up
    as a default?
     
    simon42, Jun 3, 2008
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    simon42 Guest

    tried everything to track down problem (including posting on this site).
    eventually performance analyser in system pointed towards progarams.
    go into control panel>programs>start up programs.
    once in windows defender if you find yourself in the same position as i did
    you may well find as many as 20 different programs 'enabled' and apaarently
    all starting up when the computer. 'disable' a few of them!
    My vista has never worked quicker.
    Is this an inherent fault with vista that it sets programs to auto-start up
    as a default?
     
    simon42, Jun 3, 2008
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  12. SpikeDelight

    DevilsPGD Guest

    In message <> simon42
    huh?

    No, it's not an inherent fault of the OS that the user installed
    software that does something the user doesn't want.
     
    DevilsPGD, Jun 3, 2008
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    simon42 Guest

    I'm afraid I have to disagree with you, firstly most of the programs in
    question were pre-installed by the computer manufacturer in this case Packard
    Bell (I don't believe this is particularly unusual for a manufacturer to do
    this).
    secondly, in my view, as a user I am relying on the good design of the OS to
    ensure that good default choices are installed on the system and not ones
    that are going to cause operational problems down the line.
    Indeed I have installed numerous items of software are you suggesting that I
    am responsible for setting automatic start up on each one. That surely is
    the responsibility of the operating system?
    Further I have heard a lot of criticisms of Vista, one of them being the
    slowness of the system.
    I am sure there are a lot of other people with the same problem, it
    certainly looks inherent to me until proved otherwise.
     
    simon42, Jun 4, 2008
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    Nonny Guest

    Nope. It's up to each program to offer that feature. The OS is merely
    the foundation that all the programs depend upon.
    Mine is just as fast as XP... it's running on the same hardware as my
    former XP system was.

    As to "a lot of cricicisms [sic]", there are millions of Vista
    installations world wide. Support forums are usually only frequented
    by those with problems... not evereyone is having problems. Not even
    close to everyone.
     
    Nonny, Jun 4, 2008
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    DevilsPGD Guest

    In message <> simon42
    Again, so? How is Vista to know that the machine changed ownership and
    magically remove whatever programs the previous owner had installed?
    How is an OS to know whether an application's functionality is desired
    or not? One man's operational problems are another man's desired
    functionality.

    Look at all the people installing AV software out there, would you
    suggest that the OS disable such software due to it's massive
    performance impact?
    Is it your computer? If so, then yes, you are responsible for the
    software installed on the machine.
    The operating system's responsibility to do as the user has configured
    it to do.
    Don't believe everything you hear on the internet.
     
    DevilsPGD, Jun 4, 2008
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    Charlie Tame Guest


    And lots with problems don't even know about these newsgroups so why not
    get off your fat ass and try helping some of those who do instead of
    insulting them? You may think you are smart but you are not, not even
    close, and you may think your attitude helps Microsoft but it does not,
    not even close, you are almost as bad a Microsoft Advocate as Frank is
    but not quite. People come here for help, not insults, and you might at
    least respect that.
     
    Charlie Tame, Jun 4, 2008
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