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4-5 second Pause, sometimes longer when opening any Folder in Windows Explorer

When I open Windows Explorer, choose any folder to browse, it takes up to 5 seconds for the folder to expand. This happens when I even go into Safe mode, unplug network connection, shut off most running taskbar programs.

I also tried opening the Task Mnager and observing the CPU usage while opening any folder in Windows Explorer, and it shows CPU usage 100% for three to four seconds, then back down to around 2%.

I have an Athlon 2.4G processor with 1.5G ram installed. Hard drive 160G of space. Windows XP Windows SP2 installed.

Any ideas as to what to do to get back to speed, or what is causing 100% CPU utilization?

Thanks in advance
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
sometimes it can be caused by a BHO coz IE and WE share BHOs.... so try this,
goto IE>Tools>Internet Options>Advanced and under Browsing untick Enable Third Party Browser Extensions(requires restart)
Restart and now check if same problem, if NO then it was becoz of a corrupted or bad BHO, try using BHODemon to
disable the BHOs and trace out the culprit one, BHODemon >> http://www.softpedia.com/public/cat/10/17/10-17-71.shtml
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mrslate1Author Commented:
Added information, when I use a utility like "Total Commander" a third party utility that browses like WE, the folders open instantaneously.
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mrslate1Author Commented:
SheharyaarSaahil I tried your suggestion and it didn't help. I still get a 5 second delay with 100% CPU usage. Also, there is a sound associated with a folder or file selection in Windows, and it takes the same amount of time to play that sound. (The default "Click" sound in XP)
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
since when you are facing this issue.... means after the installation or uninstallation of any specific program\drivers?
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mrslate1Author Commented:
No new installations or drivers.
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
hmmmm you said that you tried in safemode also.... did you use your personal user or the Administrator one?
if you used yours, then try with Administrator this time... same issue?
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mrslate1Author Commented:
Yes I am logged in as administrator and yes same issue driving me nuts
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FlyBoy97Commented:
Just a shot in the dark but have tried defragging your harddrive(s). Also if you are comfortable using regedit try deleting some of the startup programs in HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Make a backup of your Run keys before starting. To get to Regedit from Windows XP go to "Start", "Run" and type regedit. Expand the registry until you get to the before mentioned key. Go to "File", "Export" and save a backup to an easy to get to location like your desktop. Start deleting. Restart Windows after deleteing each value. If you delete a service you use utilitize the restore function under file to go back to the original configuration. After enough playing around you will come up with a configuration that will suit your needs. All programs that launch at startup use memory and further bog your system down.

FlyBoy97
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honnieCommented:
Not sure if this will give u some helps...

http://windowsxp.mvps.org/slowrightclick.htm

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MereteCommented:
mrslate1  check your event viewer applications in control panel under administrative tools> if you see some errors like user was logged off before windows could free teh memory and it will restore when no longer being used, then this is your problem, there must be a few roaming profiles, Easiest solution is to create a new profile,
Go to control panel> user acount> create a new account, when you do this donot at this stage import your other User docs and settings, do not delete your current one either. You simply switch to the new account.
Try using the new account first and note how fast everything opens/ works now. If this solves it for you you can import all your old user account, you will have to import your emails  as well after you create a new email account.
But at this point don't delete the old account. Post back if you try this create a new account profile and how you go.
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MereteCommented:
obtw
 it could also be damaged mid file, as some of your computer actions have a sound attached to it.
In control panel audio and sounds check that you have the always use default ticked.
check your sounds and if they can play with an associated action or if it is greyed out.
from the search do you know where your search is? Open start> Search > type in  the all files  *mid
try and play one, if it doesnt find any you will have to run a scan for corrupt files> from the run type in scf /scannow  put your xp cd in the rom wait till it loads and then shut it.

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mrslate1Author Commented:
Well I couldn't take it anymore as the machine was defragged, checkdisked, Safe-mode-booted, registry hacked, etc. Nothing worked. It was on a new Seagate 160G 7200 Hard drive with 8 mb cache. Whenever I went into Windows Explorer, there was lag. The Maxtor 80 G drive was lighting fast when browsing folders. May have been a hard drive issue, but I am using it now as a storage device and using the Maxtor as the primary.

Don't mind the dectective work, HATE all the RE-BOOTS!

Thanks again for all the help.

MrSlate1
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MereteCommented:
Awe thanks mrslate1  
thats quite a large hd could even be that your processor couldnt handle this size, was it one partition or two. I have read about windows xp having lag problems running large one partitioned hd.
If it runs faster on the eighty gig hmm should look into putting a 2nd partition on the 160 gig.
Cheers M
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mrslate1Author Commented:
Yeah I had two partitions. one 60 Gand the other 100G. I wouldn't doubt the XP and big hard drive issue at all. The processor should have handled it as it is a 2.4G Athlon. But you never know.

MrSlate1
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iamixCommented:
Sorry to resurrect a dead thread, but... I had to celebrate!!! I was having this same problem with my new computer that is one of many rolled out a few months ago to everyone here in the software branch where I work.

When I first read through this and got to the punch-line for mrslate1, realsing that my HDD is also 160GB, I felt deflated. If the problem was hardware, I was at the end of my road to find a solution. But I followed the link from honnie (http://windowsxp.mvps.org/slowrightclick.htm), downloaded ShellExView, and with a little detective work, my problem is solved.

fwiw, here's my story. I first disabled all the shell extensions. The undesirable behaviour was gone. I then re-enabled everything that was Microsoft (the vast majority), and the behaviour was still gone. Brilliant! That left only about 30 or so to weed through. I spent a half-hour disabling and enabling and narrowed it down to the one offending shell extenstion; NeroDigitalColumnHandler Class. All the other Nero stuff is fine.

You have no idea how overjoyed I am! I am a coder and extensively use the keyboard in preference to the mouse and the tick that had developed in Windows Explorer was, well, as mrslate1 said, driving me nuts!

honnie, thanks a-million!
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mrslate1Author Commented:
Thanks for the update! I really appreciate it and will try it as I too have Nero installed and that is probably the issue.

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