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Windows Explorer stops showing files or no file thumbnail


Profhany

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#1
First, It's my honor to be with you in this forum. This is my first thread !

I'm really tired and angry with a very annoying error of windows explorer.
windows explorer is getting crashed while opening any folders accidentally, especially folders with large number of files and images. first it appears as windows explorer is unable to load files thumbnails (any kind of files) and appears as white or blank icons regardless the type of file. then when opening my computer in another window , it couldn't load even contents of drivers and hangs as "searching for items".
all this happens suddenly after weeks of normal windows usage. I resolve it by backing up system using Acronis image. but the problem persists. I tried virus scan with no success using AVG. I made thorough scan for C with no result too.
Note that this problem I found with Windows 7 and it forced me to upgrade to Windows 8 then I'm experiencing the same problem now. I don't Understand why.


Note: I think there's no hardware (HDD) error cause I'm running Ubuntu 13.04 alongside Windows and it's browsing files perfectly.

Please help quickly
Thanks
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 professional 64x
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Lenovo Thinkpad Edge 15
    CPU
    Inter Core i3
    Motherboard
    Intel
    Memory
    6 GB Kingstone
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    AVG internet security 2013

XweAponX

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#2
Try doing a CHKDSK on the drive that has Windows on it, also when was the last time you optimised the drive? Scan it and see if it finds any problems. It's best to do it from an install disk and go into Command Prompt and run CHKDSK from there, that way you can see the results as it works on the drive.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    Memory
    2 GB/3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    PSU
    Works 550w
    Case
    MSI "M-Box"
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Dell Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Browser
    Chrome/IE 10
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
    Other Info
    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.

Profhany

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#3
Thanks for reply, I previously made thorough scan on C:\ with no result. Note that I 'm running Ubuntu 13.04 alongside Windows and it works perfectly.
The Last optimization I made before this error was disabling some programs from Tune-up Utilities 2013. I made that to decrease load on system and to increase response rate. I disabled every program I don't need to run unless I need it and open it.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 professional 64x
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Lenovo Thinkpad Edge 15
    CPU
    Inter Core i3
    Motherboard
    Intel
    Memory
    6 GB Kingstone
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    AVG internet security 2013

XweAponX

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#4
Tune-Up may be what's slowing it down, although it's 80% positive reviews, the 20% that hate it hate it vehemently. But I doubt if that is what is causing this.

Usually, when you start getting long aperture circles and explorer crashing and locking up is because of Read Element Failure on the hard drive. CHKDSK won't fix it, or even detect it in some cases.

Download Hiren's Boot CD from my link, burn it and boot to it. Go into Dos Programs and in there, "Hard Drive Tools" - Try GWscan, if it detects your drive then run the 1st 2 tests, If it works and finds "Read Element Failure" then run the full scan. If GWscan won't run, because you have a Toshiba or Hitachi drive, then run the tool for those makers, it's all in the same area.

I have 17 startup items on this machine, and about the same amount on my other machine, and neither of them do what you describe. My 2nd machine used to do it, but it was always because the Hard Drive had developed read errors. Eventually I moved it to a new drive and it all stopped.

It may be something else, but I always perform a GWscan when my systems start having the same symptoms as yours. And even under normal operation, it takes a while to populate my folders, my Documents and Pictures folders have gigs of data. But it usually comes up.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    Memory
    2 GB/3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    PSU
    Works 550w
    Case
    MSI "M-Box"
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Dell Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Browser
    Chrome/IE 10
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
    Other Info
    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.

Profhany

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Posts
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#5
I'll try Hiren I hope it works but I think not
Thanks
I'll give feedback later
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 professional 64x
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Lenovo Thinkpad Edge 15
    CPU
    Inter Core i3
    Motherboard
    Intel
    Memory
    6 GB Kingstone
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    AVG internet security 2013

Profhany

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Posts
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#6
As I expected before Hiren CD has no use here. HDD Health is perfect.
Any other solutions?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 professional 64x
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Lenovo Thinkpad Edge 15
    CPU
    Inter Core i3
    Motherboard
    Intel
    Memory
    6 GB Kingstone
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    AVG internet security 2013

XweAponX

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VIP Member
Pro User
#7
I wanted the disk check because it's always a good place to start.

Since your drive is OK, Then you have one particular program running which is sucking up all of your resources. I installed BleStaxx which is a kind of Android for Windows, it caused what yo describe, but not as severe, it just caused 100% Disk and Ram usage all the time. It's not a good program at all.

You'll have to go through your programs one by one until you find what's doing it. Can you make a screencap of your Startup tasks from Task Manager? Maybe I can identify what might be causing this. I get the feeling Tune-Up is part of the problem. It may be a combination of programs.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    Memory
    2 GB/3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    PSU
    Works 550w
    Case
    MSI "M-Box"
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Dell Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Browser
    Chrome/IE 10
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
    Other Info
    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.