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Windows 7 Slow Folder Opening for Video Folders

Posted on Saturday, March 5, 2011 @ 12:43:18 AM CST by David Yee [] [read 7435 times]

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On my Windows 7 machine, I went to one of my video folders which has over 1000 files, and the hard drive activity just kept on going and the hard drive churned. This didn't happen when the PC had Vista, and I didn't remember ever having this problem in XP. Changing the view from Thumbnail/Icon to details view didn't help.

I thought, okay, this is the first time Windows 7 is seeing the folder, so it's probably building preview thumbnails, etc. So whatever- I left the folder window open, and quite a while later it seemed to be done, and I closed the window. Then almost immediately I opened the same exact video folder, and wouldn't you know it- the same slowness and hard drive churning.

So maybe I needed to add the folder to the index, so I did, but it didn't help. Obviously since indexes only help with searches. I removed the video folder from the index since I didn't want the entire video binary contents to be indexed.

Then I remembered seeing somewhere that you can change the "folder type" of a folder. So after digging around, this is what I did to fix the problem:

1)on the slow folder, click on Organize, and select Properties.
2)click on the Customize tab
3)and change "Optimize this folder for:" from Videos to "General Items".

And voila! No slow and painful listing and hard drive activity again for the folder, even when I switch to thumbnail view such as Extra Large Icons.


nav said...

works lik charm thx a tonnnnn
November 14, 2009 9:51 PM
marco said...

that was a pain in the ass, thanks
November 29, 2009 6:32 PM
Anonymous said...

Thank you very much, these long loading times have been bugging me for so long !
I had something similar with Windows 2003 : when I wanted to delete a video, I would click on it then push the delete key, but then Windows would say "Unable to delete because this file is being accessed by some other program" when actually it was Window's Explorer itself scanning the file for video size, length,...
December 19, 2009 4:58 AM
Anonymous said...

you are a god among men, thank you so much.
January 5, 2010 3:09 AM
Anonymous said...

I would never have figured this out! Thanks!
February 15, 2010 9:33 AM
nasobello said...

Grazie da Roma!
March 4, 2010 2:28 AM
Anonymous said...

OMG worked like dream
March 4, 2010 6:18 PM
Anonymous said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome!

Can't believe this is all it took to make the folder work like it should!

Sorts on any column are now instant instead of 1 minute or more.

Thanks again :)
March 10, 2010 7:00 AM
Nel said...

Thanks! Did the trick nicely!

Things had got slow after rearranging movies between different drives and folders..
October 24, 2010 12:37 PM
Kelly said...

Thanks so much! I thought something was wrong with the drive or OS it took so long to open folders. I applied it and to subfolders and they pop right open now.

January 12, 2011 2:58 PM
Anonymous said...

ah love it ! Insane !
February 5, 2011 11:35 PM
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