Why is Win 7 so slow on directories

  clutch1985 12 Jul 12

On my system, I have 3 hard drives:

1) Boot drive with 2 partitions 2) 500 GB drive with 3 partitions 3) 500 GB drive with 3 partitions

When use Explorer to opened a directory, it opens the directory, then it takes about 15-20 second for the green bar at the top to move across the top of the breadcrumbs bar before I can sort the files.

Why does it do that?

With Win XP I never had to wait for this.

Is this something I can change?

  mooly 12 Jul 12

Do you have any network drives (printer etc) that would normally show in "computer" and that aren't on or connected as that can slow the progress bar when looking just at the drives ?

  xania 12 Jul 12

I have the same problem most times and I have a theory which others might like to assess.

XP used to spend quite some time on boot up indexing the files which I don't think happens in Win7, and this may be at the root of the problem.

http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-7/windows-7-file-search-indexing-options/ may hold a solution

  Mr Mistoffelees 13 Jul 12

Windows 7 still indexes all files, by default, unless you choose otherwise.

  clutch1985 13 Aug 12

Sorry for the late reply, but I have been traveling.

Xania - thanx for the link, it was helpful in understanding W7 indexing better.

I have no network drives, so I don't think that is the issue.


This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Windows 10 Home vs Windows 10 Pro comparison: Here are the extra features you get in the Pro version

Why Formula-e needs to go faster

How Instagram spots trends

How to use Apple Music in the UK: Complete guide to Apple Music's features

We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message