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Windows Explorer slow to open Search

All of a sudden, Windows Explorer takes 20 to 60 seconds, to just pop up the Search dialog box( right click a folder and select Search...)

When I try other actions on the Windows Explorer, the title bar shows 'Not responding..' but eventually the Search dialog box pops up.

All I can think as the cause was to delete a couple of old/unused installation update directories from C: drive.

I do a lot of file search, and this is a big pain.  How to fix this problem?
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shahnweb
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rionrocCommented:
Hello

Try to:
Delete \Windows\Prefetch Folder.
Turn off System Restore in my computer properties.
Perform a desk clean up, in run window type: cleanmgr
Set Pagefile.sys to 0 in my computer properties, advance settings, advance.

Restart.

Turn on system restore again (if you want to)
Turn on pagefile.sys to system manage size.

Restart.

Run programs(word,excel, search, my docs, etc....) you want to,  to load the programs cache in pagefile and windows prefetch.

After many programs loaded, Restart.

Observe the difference.


Great is our GOD.
:)
rionroc
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TheSaint777Commented:
Try a system restore.  Start->Help->Preformance and Maintence->System Restore.

Also, delete any temporary files, C:\temp.

If this does not work, turn off your anti-virus.  If problem goes away, reinstall it.  


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shahnwebAuthor Commented:
1st method didn't solve the problem. The entire system performance is a bit fast, but here I specifically having Search dialog popup problem from Windows Explorer.

For the 2nd suggestion, I believe the menu hirearchy is wrong(win xp), but I managed to find System Restore. However I don't have system restore point.

Again, the problem is SLOW Search dialog popup. It takes 20+ sec.
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rionrocCommented:
OK

Try to go in Folder Options.
Double click My Computer, at the menus on tools, Folder Options.
Restore Defaults on Task, Apply.
Restore Defaults on View, Apply.
OK.

Sorry if I catch it wrong again.

Great is our GOD.
:)
rionroc

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shahnwebAuthor Commented:
rionroc,

I followed you instruction exatly. No difference.
Let me tell you more details. The SLOW(20~30sec) operation from Windows Explorer > right click on ANY folder is :
  Open
  Search...

Others as below are very fast :
   Sharing and Security ... immediate popup of dialog
   Add to archive ... immediate popup of dialog.
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TheSaint777Commented:
Try on Explorer,


\Tools\Folder Options\view


Make sure "Launch Folder Windows in a seperate process" is checked.
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shahnwebAuthor Commented:
Saint777,

It was unchecked, so I checked as you said.
Closed the W.E., and reopened it.  Search dialog still takes 30 sec to pop up.
I HAD this problem a few years ago in my other Win XP laptop also, and I had to reinstall OS.

All of a sudden it is happening to my desktop PC... pain..
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rionrocCommented:
Hello

Have you tried to [reset all folders] in folder options View tab menu? then [apply to all folders]?
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shahnwebAuthor Commented:
Reset All Folders didn't work either.
Note that all other Windows Explorer operation is fast.  Just Search and Open from the folder 'right click' menu are so slow...
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rionrocCommented:
Hello

Download some tools that might clean your registry or can help.

http://download.piriform.com/ccsetup216.exe
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shahnwebAuthor Commented:
rionoc,

Thanks for the suggestion. After install the ccsetup the overall performace of the systems seems a bit faster, but Windows Explorer > Search dialog still takes 20+ seconds to popup...

It seems to happening after deleting some old unused installation direcotries from the root, which I cannot recover.. But I'm not sure if that is the case.
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rionrocCommented:
OK,

I hope this helps:
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(troubleshoot1)
Go back to Folder Options, go to File types, find file types: FILE FOLDER (not the folder), click it then Advance.
at Advance, click New, make a new action name sample: webshahner, application use to perform action: notepad.exe, OK, APPLY, OK.

Go to run window and type: regedit
in registry window, find using control F, type: webshahner

Now if you find it,,,,,,, at the above key, you will see a [Find] key
in [Find] Key, see this values if match to yours ( or find another computer that would compare to it)

SuppressionPolicy: 80 (hexa)
Command Key: default value is: %SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe
ddeexec key: default value is: [FindFolder("%l", %I)]
application key: default value is: Folders
topic key: default value is: AppProperties

close registry.

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(troubleshoot2)
Go back to Folder Options, go to File types, find file types: FOLDER (not the file folder), click it then Advance.
at Advance, click New, make a new action name sample: shahnersweb, application use to perform action: notepad.exe, OK, APPLY, OK.

Go to run window and type: regedit
in registry window, find using control F, type: shahnersweb


Now if you find it,,,,,,, at the above key, you will see a [Open] key
in [Open] Key, see this values if match to yours ( or find another computer that would compare to it)

BrowserFlags: 10 (hexa)
ExplorerFlags: 12 (hexa)
Command key: default value is: %SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe /idlist,%I,%L
ddeexec key: default value is: [ViewFolder("%l", %I, %S)]
NoActivateHandler value is: none or nothing or no value
application key: default value is: Folders
topic key: default value is: AppProperties

[you can delete(in the registry) what you've added], shahnersweb and webshahner, or later if finish troubleshooting.


Restart computer.


Sorry if I did it wrong, just trying to help.

Great is our GOD.
:)
rionroc
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shahnwebAuthor Commented:
rionroc,

Thanks for trying to help me.
I followed you instruction again, but there is no difference.
I don't understand why you are creating 2 bogus entries here. These has nothing to do with my Search...problem, correct?  Registries are created normally.

May be you can tell me how to Run the Search dialog box from command prompt, and then I can try if that one is also taking 20+ sec to bring up the Search box...
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rionrocCommented:
OK

other step1:
Try to edit your ddeexec in [Find] key, edit FROM [FindFolder("%l", %I)] TO [FindFolder("%", %)]

other step2: (open notepad then copy paste this code), Save us: findnow.vbs, save on desktop(for test)
'-----------
Option Explicit
Dim Shell
Set Shell = WScript.CreateObject ("Shell.Application")
Shell.FindFiles
'-------------

If the code works(move findnow.vbs to root drive.
Make a new command in File Folder File types and point to findnow.vbs



Great is our GOD.
:)
rionroc


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rionrocCommented:
'------
After saving, findnow.vbs on desktop, try to open it, if it works, make a New File Folder in Folder Options, and set it to default.
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shahnwebAuthor Commented:
I can execute the vbs from Desktop normally, but cannot make a new command using the vbs in the root. It says it cannot find the program.  Also I found that launching Word to load rtf or doc file by double clicking the file from the Windows Explorer is also very slow.  I think that something got corrupt in my system, there is not much you can do.

rionroc, thanks for your help.  I will give up at this moment, and give you the credit.

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rionrocCommented:
Thanks,
if it opens the search window by .vbs script and theirs no delay, good.
Root means on your system drive, eq: drive c, if it is.  But you can put it in any folder, then in File Folder File Types just point where the .vbs script located.

About system corrupted, try this:
1. Turn off System Restore in my computer properties.
2. Perform a desk clean up, in run window type: cleanmgr /d /sagerun c:
3. Delete \Windows\Prefetch Folder.
4. Set Pagefile.sys to 0 in my computer properties, advance settings, advance.
5. Restart computer
6. Download this:
http://download.piriform.com/ccsetup216.exe  =to cleanup and fix registry mix errors.
http://www.download.com/UltimateDefrag-Freeware-Edition/3000-2094_4-10582157.html   =to fasten system.
6a.  Scan and Clean registry 3 times.
6b.  Defrag your system (Fragmented files Only) 3 times.
7. After Defrag, Restart computer.
8. Turn On again your pagefile to system managed size or custom recommended size.
9. Restart computer
10. Run many application sequentially, one by one, after one open, close it, open another, close it. open, close, and sooo on.
11. Restart computer.

Whops!, to many? lol, that's called troubleshooting.

Compare it.
Good Luck!



Great is our GOD.
:)
rionroc
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rionrocCommented:
Oh, if you have some malware problem, try to use this:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix
:)
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fozyletCommented:
shahnweb, you may want to take a look at this if your right clciks are slow: http://windowsxp.mvps.org/rcdelay.htm
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