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I have this very annoying problem :

Whenever I want to create or edit a folder on my system it takes a very long time to complete. Right click-new folder... wait... wait... wait a good 30-60 seconds then type name and enter... wait again 30-60 seconds and then you can enter it.

Browsing is normal and I have no problem creating folders through applications like eclipse but through explorer it is a real pain. Renaming folders has similar effect.

otherwise the computer is (almost) normal,

any ideas?

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using any anti-virus or OSS software? – stim Mar 11 '10 at 7:58
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Try creating a new user and test if the same behavior applies to it.

If so, then the issue might be hardware related, mostly random reads/writes. The best you can do is to defragment the HDD / secure erase the SSD (first back up using TrueImage or alike, then secure erase, then restore the backup). This does not guarantee fixing.

If the new user has no issues creating folders fast, then you'll have to look at several other places.

Use Sysinternals Autoruns to disable any unnecessary context menu handlers. Look for *\ConetxtMenuHandlers which are the ones when you click empty space. If this doesn't fix the issue, restore.

User Nirsoft ShellMenuNew to disable new context menu handlers. Keep the ones you really need. If this doesn't fix the issue, restore.

Try looking at registry's BagMRU, it's the place where every time you open a folder it creates its settings and views as setting strings in the registry. It's an immense fup on ms part, and over time this thing becomes about 1/2 of the registry's size. This usually also slows down browsing, if once cached, it won't affect viewed folders but on their first access. [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU] You can delete this whole key, but export it first as a backup. The only thing you need to recreate is the Key, BagMRU and the size value "BagMRU Size", a DWORD of whatever yours is, mine is a 5000 decimal. Everything else will be recreated once you'll browse folders, but you'll lose current folder settings (views and icon sizes).

The unlikely but still could be the issue - AV's. Try lessening AV's scanner settings, less heuristics etc, test with and without "on creation" event, if it allows so. If not, then probably it's not it.

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Thanks, I had completely forgotten about this question. I did solve my problem and it was a context handler that pointed to a defective piece of software (timeout at construction).removing this link and everything got back to acceptable performance. I would create my own answer but your answer covers my case so (Rubber stamping bam). – Newtopian Apr 7 '15 at 16:24

You can try to research that behaviour using Process Monitor. Try to monitor explorer.exe with that tool. Collected logs can give a hint what might be slow there.

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I did check with Process Monitor and found nothing in particular but I will check again more thoroughly and dig down to threads and handles. Maybe install the debug symbols too and get more meaningful logs. – Newtopian Mar 12 '10 at 2:04

Ok... Maybe this is a loooong shot, but it works for me: is your computer rarely turned off? Maybe you're using Sleep / Hibernate and explorer.exe gets confused and slow after waking up.

I was having the same problem and, as it is VERY annoying, I've set out for answers. At this forum I found this reference to explorer.exe:

  1. In an Explorer window, make the Menus visible by clicking Organize - Layout - then checking Menu bar.
  2. Now click the Tools menu and select Folder Options...
  3. Click the View tab.
  4. Scroll down and check [ ] Launch folder windows in a separate process.

This is confirmed as a solution to me. Creating folders or renaming them took as long as 3 minutes before this procedure (also moving files required a refresh - F5 - to be performed before changes could be seen). Now it is instantaneous.

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Doesn't help in my case with Windows 8 x64 – Vladislav Rastrusny Dec 2 '14 at 5:49
@FractalizeR it is probably a completely different issue on Windows 8. This solution was for Windows 7 x64 as asked by the OP. :) – marquito Dec 9 '14 at 10:27
Yeah, probably ;) – Vladislav Rastrusny Dec 9 '14 at 10:34
This fixed the problem for me on 64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise. Note that I, too, almost never shut off my computer and instead use 'hibernate' a lot. – Matthew Jul 9 '15 at 19:18

run a disk check and ensure integrity of the file system. if it only happens with directories with a lot of files, it might be your antivirus scanning the folders.

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Ordinarily, I'd suggest that answers be reserved for definitive solutions, and comments used for helpful hints and speculative solutions. However, there are so many bad examples in this thread, it would be a double standard. – fixer1234 Apr 7 '15 at 0:52

I think System Restore will come into play in this situation.Restore your pc to the time these functions were working fine.

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Please provide more information on how System Restore would solve the author's issue exactly. – Ramhound Feb 5 '13 at 12:19
let him ask first if he knows how to do it he'll do it if not he will ask for it. – Franco Feb 5 '13 at 17:39

I recently fixed this on my computer:

open IE -> Preferences -> Internet Options -> Connections tab -> click LAN settings button and uncheck box next to Automatically detect settings and click OK.

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