Vista Home Premium - Window not showing folders for a long time then appear

Ok.  System running Windows Vista Home Premium (yes, I realize that in itself is a problem, but still...  ;) )

The computer boots fine.  Everything seems ok.  Programs open and run properly, no real issue.  If you go to my computer or even just "Pictures," for example, the window is blank.  It stays that way for a long time, refreshing does nothing.  Then, finally, after about 3 minutes the folders appear and you can navigate with no issue.  These are not networked folders, they are held locally.

Any suggestions?  Sometimes even the obvious can escape me.  Thanks in advance.
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John HurstConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I used Vista for 18 months on a decent machine, and it was very, very fast.

Try:
1. Disk cleanup to remove temporary files and then defragment the entire drive. Does that help?
2. Check thoroughly for malware. Does that help?
3. Consider a Repair install (DO backup first).
4. If all the above fails, and time has gone by since you got the machine, consider backing things up and doing a fresh install.
... Thinkpads_User
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Jackie ManCommented:
How many files are present in the folder?
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BJMC-SupportAuthor Commented:
thinkpads_user:  I will try the defrag and cleanup next.

jackieman:  There are approx. 15 folders and probably 40 loose files within the main Pictures folder.


Might be worth a note that I have noticed this occurring even in just lagging in pulling up the drives, etc. when opening My Computer.
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Jackie ManCommented:
I see.

What is your default view of the folder? Small icon, large icon or extra large icon.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
BJMC-Support - thanks. The reason for doing this maintenance is that temporary files build up over time and Windows must deal with all them as well.

Also consider looking in Folder Options (Control Panel) and under the View tab, Reset Defaults. Then check in the Search tab and Reset Defaults there as welll. Allow time for the machine to re-index (an hour or so). ... Thinkpads_User
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BJMC-SupportAuthor Commented:
jackieman:  The view is inmaterial, actually, but it is set to thumbnail view (my pictures), once they finally appear.  :)

thinkpads_user:   Performed the cleanup.  Ran malware check. Even ran repair install.  Same results.  I'm still  hopeful that I don't have to do a complete reinstall, but you may be right.

Any other thoughts prior to that?
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BJMC-SupportAuthor Commented:
Thinkpads_User: Sorry, just saw your other comment about resetting defaults.  I will try that next and let you know.
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BJMC-SupportAuthor Commented:
Ended up having to do a reload on the system.  That did resolve the problem.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you, and thanks for the update. Reloads take time, but they do solve problems :)  ... Thinkpads_User
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