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Slow Windows Explorer Opening Picture Files


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#1 wandlingon

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Posted 04 September 2006 - 09:26 PM

Hi !

Windows explorer is very slow opening folders containing jpeg pictures. I have tried using all the different folder views, thumbnail, list, detail. Explorer works quick when opening any other type folder without pictures. I am using windows xp home, 3 gig processor, 960 meg of ram. The picture files in my folders are in - my documents/my pictures/ folders. the file sizes are approx 1.5 mb files, 30 to 200 files per folder.
they start showing up in random places in the view window and they take 30 sec to 1 minute to fill screen. when i try to scroll down the window seem to freeze up for 30-45 sec or completely closes the explorer window all together.
i have ran mcafee virus scan and spyware doctor and they both turned up no problems. Any thing you could suggest to help isolate any possible issues would be appreciated.
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Posted 04 September 2006 - 10:05 PM

To open Computer Management, click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel. Double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management.

You must be recognized as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group on your computer and on the computer you are managing to perform this task.

For best performance, set the initial size to not less than the recommended size under Total paging file size for all drives. The recommended size is equivalent to 1.5 times the amount of RAM on your system.

Usually, you should leave the paging file at its recommended size, although you might increase its size if you routinely use programs that require a lot of memory. (like graphics intensive aps - IE picture files with 200 pics)

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Posted 05 September 2006 - 07:09 AM

When was the last time you defragged your hard drive?
You did not indicate the number of files and folders in My Pictures, but if it is a large number, moving some of them to disk or another hard drive/partitition may resolve your problem.
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Posted 05 September 2006 - 09:57 AM

With all them pictures it's natural for it to take a while to render them (my 3.0 gHz P4, 2 gB RAM and 10,000 rpm SATA drives still takes a long while for this). Performance tweaks will speed this up - but the system has to go get each file, read the file, convert it to a thumbnail, then post it up on the page you're looking at.

Here's my favorite performance tweak: Go to Start...Run...and type in "sysdm.cpl" (without the quotes) and press Enter. Click on the Advanced tab, then on the Performance Settings button. Then click on the Adjust for best performance radio button. Click Apply, then click OK to get out of the dialog.
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Posted 06 September 2006 - 10:38 PM

I have tried all suggestion in previous replies and have had no improvement, I have also found that I can not resize any of my photos
using the "resize picture" when I right click. Any other suggestions.

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 10:11 AM

As I recall, the resize picture in the context menu is an option that's installed by using one of the XP Power Toys. Have you done very much tweaking with this system? If so you may have to revert all tweaks to default in order to troubleshoot this issue.
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Posted 07 September 2006 - 08:37 PM

I haven't done many tweaks, but i'll try reversing what i have done thanks

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 08:59 PM

YOu might consider using some picture filing/organising/editing application such as Picasa2 (free from Google). I have found using this to be much faster than loading thumbnails in My Pictures, and it will load them from other areas and drives as well (around 70K thumbs in hundreds of folders).
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Posted 07 September 2006 - 11:00 PM

thanks for your help




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