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  • Question

  • Windows explorer is very slow in populating the folder and file details, especially on mapped drives through VPN.

    The green progress indicator on the path bar keeps running for ages. I believe that the uploading of the icons of each file may be the cause but did not find a way to stop them. 

    From win 3.1 to XP had no problems. With Vista and 7 it takes up to 30 minutes to display the folder contents in contrast to 40 secs with XP and less powerfull laptop..

    My O/S Windows 7 SP1 32 bit.

     

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011 4:29 PM

Answers

  • Yes there are - i personally use the good old winfile.exe from Windows
    NT. See the following link http://people.ee.ethz.ch/~davidsch/vistafm/ .

    You can also use the good old dir command or use the get-childitems
    command from Windows Powershell.

    Athanasios Papadopoulos wrote:

    Have tried as list and the response time has not changed. I found out
    that Windows explorer opens all file as read on the remote server
    i.e. instead of just bringing up the file name, size etc without
    reading the actual file which sometimes are very big.

    Any way is ther an alternative program to replace window explorer in
    WNDOWS 7 O/s and run faster.

    Thanks

    Thanos


    Wolfgang
    • Marked as answer by Leo Huang Tuesday, December 13, 2011 1:07 AM
    Friday, December 9, 2011 12:38 AM

All replies

  • Athanasios Papadopoulos wrote:

    Windows explorer is very slow in populating the folder and file
    details, especially on mapped drives through VPN.

    The green progress indicator on the path bar keeps running for ages.
    I believe that the uploading of the icons of each file may be the
    cause but did not find a way to stop them. 

    From win 3.1 to XP had no problems. With Vista and 7 it takes up to
    30 minutes to display the folder contents in contrast to 40 secs with
    XP and less powerfull laptop..

    My O/S Windows 7 SP1 32 bit.

     

    The load time depends on the amount of information you want to see for
    each file. If you are using a slow connection it is best to set the
    explorer view to list, that way you get a much faster file display.

    BTW it may be  worth, too to disable or uninstall not needed shell
    extensions - but this can be a tedious task. (There are third party
    programs, which help with this task but generally there is a lot of
    registry editing required for that task).


    Wolfgang
    Thursday, December 1, 2011 7:57 PM
  • The extra informmation required in details compared with list i.e. size, date modifued and type does not create substantal load. I think that the icons are the cause of the delay. is there a way to display details without the icons ?

     

    Monday, December 5, 2011 12:59 PM
  • Athanasios Papadopoulos wrote:

    The extra informmation required in details compared with list i.e.
    size, date modifued and type does not create substantal load. I think
    that the icons are the cause of the delay. is there a way to display
    details without the icons ?

     

    Have you tried list versus details? The small icons are also displayed
    in the list view and are not the source of the problem as they are
    normally not downloaded from a remote location but determined by the
    file-type and rendered using local resources. But in detail view shell
    extensions come into play  - some of those need to open and close the
    file, to know what to do.


    Wolfgang
    Monday, December 5, 2011 10:09 PM
  • Have tried as list and the response time has not changed. I found out that Windows explorer opens all file as read on the remote server i.e. instead of just bringing up the file name, size etc without reading the actual file which sometimes are very big.

    Any way is ther an alternative program to replace window explorer in WNDOWS 7 O/s and run faster.

    Thanks

    Thanos

    Thursday, December 8, 2011 7:29 PM
  • Yes there are - i personally use the good old winfile.exe from Windows
    NT. See the following link http://people.ee.ethz.ch/~davidsch/vistafm/ .

    You can also use the good old dir command or use the get-childitems
    command from Windows Powershell.

    Athanasios Papadopoulos wrote:

    Have tried as list and the response time has not changed. I found out
    that Windows explorer opens all file as read on the remote server
    i.e. instead of just bringing up the file name, size etc without
    reading the actual file which sometimes are very big.

    Any way is ther an alternative program to replace window explorer in
    WNDOWS 7 O/s and run faster.

    Thanks

    Thanos


    Wolfgang
    • Marked as answer by Leo Huang Tuesday, December 13, 2011 1:07 AM
    Friday, December 9, 2011 12:38 AM
  • Wolfgang

    Thanks. Have installed NT4 win file and I saw the "TRUE LIGHT" and remembered old good days.

    Thanks 

    Sunday, December 11, 2011 10:09 AM