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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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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 –  FractalizeR Dec 2 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 at 10:27
    
Yeah, probably ;) –  FractalizeR Dec 9 at 10:34

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

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