Like jgweed has mentioned, there could be alot of factors when dealing with images. Best place to start is disable thumbnail view and use icon or list or even detail view on the folders containing the images. If this speeds things up let me know. I will see if i can find any performance tips for windows thumb views for you in the mean time.
Btw what program are you using to open the images? maybe changing the program to say windows default image viewer will help? if it speeds things up you may have a problem with the editing application you are using. Or even a memory issue, how much ram, what processor, what size hard drive and how much free space, windows version? etc...
Also try Control Panel > Folder Options > View > "Do not cache thumbnails" may help with the process if you deal with alot of images, you could be bogging the cache down.
Also these might help when using windows xp:
Ensure latest service pack is installed and all updates
Try registry fix #2 "Increase Folder View Size Limit to 8000" at this page:http://kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
and MSKB 819017 "Long Delay Before Files Appear in My Computer
in Windows XP"http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...A=1&SD=HSCH
These tips came from a user called nexex-ga on google answers and were not from my own personal knowledge lol! credit where credit is due!
Let me know how you get on!
Edited by High500, 01 July 2009 - 03:07 PM.