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Continuious Search in Windows Explorer and Long Delay in Right Mouse Click

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I encountered a problem in Windows 7 and thought it would go away with an upgrade to Windows 8. The problem stayed around. Windows explorer continually searches when opened. The left tree will not expand when clicking on the plus icon, and right-mouse clicks on files takes a very long time before the box of shortcuts appears. I have ran my antivirus and malware programs. Any suggestions to fix this problem will be very much appreciated.
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If you simply upgraded your full working system to Windows 8, you may have made the problem worse. Upgrading to Windows 8 does not repair Windows 7 problems.

Try running System File Checker. Run SFC /SCANNOW and allow to complete. Run again if errors remain uncorrected. Restart the computer and check.

If that does not work, see if you can back out Windows 8 to Windows 7. I am not sure if you can do this, but check. If you can get back to Windows 7, use your Windows 7 DVD to run a Repair Install to see if this corrects the issue:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html

If you do not have the Windows 7 DVD, do not go back to Windows 7 at this point.

... Thinkpads_User
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Thanks thinkpads_user. You may be right. I did not upgrade to fix the problem. I upgraded to learn Windows 8. I will run sfc and check it out.
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Hi.

First, be clear about what type of upgrade that was: clean install or in-place upgrade?
Anyway, you might want to try a different file explorer and see whether it has the same problem: download total commander from http://www.ghisler.com/download.htm and give some feedback afterwards. Also show us a screenshot of your explorer tree once it has opened.
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A different explorer might work. I use xPlorer2 and Total Commander both. But neither will fix the problem and I think the problem should be fixed before proceeding further.

... Thinkpads_User
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Yes, right, it's not meant to fix the problem but to see if it's explorer we need to look at.
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Problem might be with the graphics card driver...or unwanted software running at startup...go to manufacturer website and install latest graphics card driver or check windows updates.

Can boot the computer in safe mode and check whether get the same issue.

how to boot in safe mode ..check this article

http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/windows-8-advanced-boot-20121218/





Ded9
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I haven't tried booting in safe mode. I did run sfc /scannow and file integrity was fine. No problems were detected. I will try a different explorer too.
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If SFC has not fixed it, you may need to start again.

If you wish to stay with Windows 8, the upgrade advisor will help you with the graphics card. I have had no difficulty with graphics cards on commercial machines, but  there may be an issue with consumer machines.

In any event, you may need to back up, install Windows 7 fresh, update drivers to the newest level, and then either stay with Windows 7 or again upgrade to Windows 8.
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I rebooted into safe mode and Windows Explorer is doing the same thing. Total commander works fine so the problem is in Windows explorer. I am sure I am not the first to have this problem. Windows 8 is built on the Windows 8 architecture. Surely I am not the only one to have this problem.
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Could you please send the aforementioned screenshot?
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by:John Hurst
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Windows Explorer is a fundamental and built in part of Windows. This will be the same for Windows 7 and Windows 8 (and for all prior Windows Versions). Since SFC did not fix it, the operating system has a more fundamental corruption.

... Thinkpads_User
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Here is the screenshot.
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Thank you for the update. I was pleased to work with you on this and that you shared your solution.
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by:wayneray
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It appears to be working fine now. I appreciate everyone's help. The problem was my backup program. I turned off the backup program and now the explorer is working fine. I was using Carbonite.
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