Slow display of images (icons or Thumbnails) in explorer

I am running Win XP Pro an experience very slow action when browsing directories with images.  It takes a second or two per file to show the icon in list or detail mode or the thumbnails in that mode.  When I back to the same directory it is does the same slow start up.  I can open these same files from other pcs on my home network and they come up fine.  That includes pcs with Win XP Pro, WIndows 2000, Win ME, and Win 98SE.  I have tried various things to fix the problem on this machine and am ready to reformat and install a brand new copy of XP Pro.  I do computer support work and have not seen anything this frustrating.  I also do lots of photo image work and find using this particular machine to be almost impossible for such work.

Dick Bayerl
Who is Participating?
moduloConnect With a Mentor Commented:
PAQ'd and points refunded


Community Support Moderator
Experts Exchange
PC hardware spec?
Are files local or on server/other worksastion?
Could be NTFS
From Scot Finnie's Newsletter:
Upgrade your Question Security!

Your question, your audience. Choose who sees your identity—and your question—with question security.

rjbayerlAuthor Commented:
It happens whether browsing files on the local hd or a network drive.  And does not happen from any other machine on my network.

I was in an online chat with Microsoft this morning and we got no where.  Tried adjusting some performance stuff and also tried it in Safe mode.  Same thing happens.

I will be off line for the next week and a half so will not be working on this problem until around July 8th.  I think I a going to just reformat and reload.  I don't think it can be something about this particular machine.

The file system is FAT32 in all cases.  I have a machine with NTFS but I don't recall ever trying to browse images on that system.

Asta CuCommented:
Hard Disk Performance Is Slower Than You Expect (Q308219);en-us;Q308219

High Rate of Collisions on 100-MB Networks (Q315237);en-us;Q315237

Curious about resolution settings and available video RAM, perhaps you're indexing, perhaps the refresh rate surpasses the monitor's capabilities, or video drivers need to be updated.

Too little known, really, but listening further when I can.

":0) Asta

Asta CuCommented:
Hopefully you've already been helped, and this question remains open today for your next action.  If you've been helped, please convert that expert's comment to the answer to grade and close this.  If more than one helped you resolve this, request a Point Split via a zero point question in the Community Support topic area with details and this question link (URL).  

This may interest you, if not already done, follows.

Windows XP Service Patch 1 (CRITICAL UPDATE) was available using WindowsUpdate recently (huge), more information and links about there here, if you're not already aware.

CD Options here:
Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1 Installation and Deployment Guide 

Windows XP Service Pack 1 information
Internet Explorer 6 Service Patch 1 (CRITICAL UPDATE) was available from WindowsUpdate yesterday and highly recommended to fix significant problems.  You may wish to check WindowsUpdate directly.  Some more insights about these updates here: 
The following link shows you the list of fixes included in IE 6 SP1

If more is needed, please let us know.
Good luck,
":0) Asta
No comment has been added lately, so it's time to clean up this TA.
I will leave a recommendation in the Cleanup topic area that this question is:

- need input from experts?

Please leave any comments here within the
next seven days.


Kind Regards

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

All Courses

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.