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File Explorer takes time to load issue...

  1. #1


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit/x86

    File Explorer takes time to load issue...


    Hi.

    I am currently running Windows 8.1 (Pro), also I am up-to-date with Windows Updates.
    Sometimes, when I open File Explorer (a.k.a. Windows Explorer), like "This PC".
    It says "This folder is empty", it then starts some-kind of searching, also icons on the left are animated like "searching".
    There is another one, it also takes time to sort files/folders orders, for example when I am in C:\New Folder and there are 5 folders and 5 files inside, none big sized at all. When I click on "Name" it then takes time to reorder the view.
    Very annoying, and slowing my work.
    Another thing is while I experienced these issues, I found another one that is.
    View>Layout sometimes gets disabled and I can't change the view.
    View>Options button behaves the same.

    Best regards, OmegaExtern.

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  2. #2


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Possible causes:
    1. Your HD might be corrupted. Open Admin command prompt and run: chkdsk /r /f C:
      NOTE: Will take a while to complete depending on how badly corrupted and disk capacity.
    2. System files might be corrupted, From Admin Command Prompt, run:
      - Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
      - sfc /scannow <==== Might need to run multiple times.
    3. Incompatible Shell Extensions installed: Right Click Menu Lag on my pc
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit/x86


    Thanks for your reply, topgundcp.
    I have captured an example image:
    Click image for larger version
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  4. #4


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Yes, I understood your question and I gave you the possible causes.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit/x86


    Sadly, it didn't fixed my problem
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  6. #6


    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    Do you have any external devices inserted like DVD or USB? Do you need a network drive?

    If not, use Option One: Map Network Drive and Disconnect Network Drive - Add or Remove
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  7. #7


    Posts : 562
    W10 x64 pro and W8.1 x86


    I found something similar after installing a WiFi printer (that 99.9% of the time is off) in that it caused a massive delay in file explorer opening. The fix (from memory) was just to right click the printer and delete it ? I seem to remember it showed as a networked drive. Printer still operates as normal.
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  8. #8


    I find that if my external docked 500GB disk is on, it can do that, but I also get this problem, occasionally, with just C operating. It is very annoying but rare.

    Regarding the wireless printer. I have an HP Photosmart 5520 wireless printer, and when I reinstalled it, after a make over in the pc, it showed me two printers in the C panel, normal and network, and it would not switch on when I hit print, eventually I right clicked on the icon for 'normal' (usb) printer and deleted it, the Wireless one is now spot on.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit/x86


    I don't have anything externally attached to my laptop (except additional monitor which shouldn't be the cause).
    Also I connect to internet using a cable.. I have also disabled all items on right-click context menu from CCleaner, and it also didn't fixed anything.
    Also I ran virus scan, ESET smart security and Malwarebytes AntiMalware reported none (only cookies..).
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  10. #10


    It just did it to me a moment ago, but only for a second - no files in folder - bam - full, as quick as that.
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