Windows Mail Setup HORRIBLY SLOW

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by invader, Feb 16, 2007.

  1. invader

    invader Guest

    I've (perhaps foolishly) upgraded my computer from XP Pro to Windows Vista
    Business and have been chasing down problems for the last 10 hours or so with
    the operating system. It was an in-place upgrade.

    The latest one is Windows Mail Setup. My tried and trusted 'outlook express'
    that I know and love is gone. In it's place is this 'Windows Mail'
    application which when I try to start it up needs to transfer my email
    accounts from outlook express.

    The problem is whatever it's doing appears to be excruciatingly slow. At the
    rate its running, it will take DAYS or even WEEKS to transfer the mail from
    outlook express to windows mail. It seems to run for a while putting along at
    5-10 messages per second and then it'll pause for a minute or two while it
    does who knows what.

    I've tried running this thing overnight twice only to wake up and find the
    system rebooted (presumably by Windows Update?) and the mail setup not

    The system appears to be bogged down on disk. CPU utilization is nil. Using
    resource monitor I can't get a good idea what disk utilization we're getting
    because the graph bounces up and down rapidly. Maybe it's seeking all over
    the place. I don't know.

    Looking at the processes that are using the disk, "System" appears to be the
    top one. It is making heavy use of 'system volume information' and is also
    doing something with the mail files. WinMail is getting maybe 5% of the disk
    utilization that System is.

    All I want to do is send and receive email, a very simple task on most
    computers. Do I have to find a 3rd party mail app to install on my $200
    operating system upgrade?
    invader, Feb 16, 2007
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    Saucy Guest

    Is there some sort of virus scanner checking each email imported?
    Saucy, Feb 16, 2007
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    invader Guest

    Is there some sort of virus scanner checking each email imported?

    Nope. Vista had me uninstall the virus scanner before upgrading.

    I eventually killed the import and have the mail program up and running so I
    can at least send and receive new mail. I'm now importing my email folders on
    a folder-by-folder basis so that I can skip anything with 10,000 or more
    messages in it.

    My personal belief (which is an uneducated guess because I know so little
    about vista) is that it has something to do with the "Shadow Copies". Perhaps
    it's trying to repeatedly update the shadow copy of the mail file each time
    it writes a newly imported message to it. I tried to find and disable shadow
    copies, but Vista has done a good job of hiding it from me.
    invader, Feb 16, 2007
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    Scott Guest

    "know and *love*"?

    Scott, Feb 17, 2007
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