Windows takes forever to delete a file
Posted on 2008-10-21
Recently (within the last couple of months) my work computer has been taking a VERY long time to delete a file, if left to its own devices.
It doesn't always happen, just more times than not, so I suspect some kind of conflict with another program. I can't think of any major updates that we have done in teh past few months, though, or new programs that we are now using that might conflict with Windows.
When I delete a file, sometimes it will just delete normally. Other times it looks like it deleted (the green progress line has extended all the way) but the "Deleted" window just sits and sits. if I click teh Cancel button, the window goes away and the file is deleted.
Normally this isn't a problem as I can just click the Cancel button, but I also have the problem when i delete a file from a project using Visual Studio. The last time I tried to delete a file, it took three minutes for the hourglass to go away and for VS to return to my control.
I'm not the only one having this problem at work, and our IT guy just scratches his head and says he hasn't a clue.
Does anybody have any suggestions as to what this problem might be caused by, or how I can troubleshoot it?