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  • Question

  • An update to specifically two problemos:

    1. When deleting a folder that has hundreds or more of small files, then explorer spends a long time "calculating" nothing. If the same thing is done in a batch file, then the folder is deleted immediately. But then what would be the purpose with a User Interface, if everything has to be done the way it was last century. So could there be an update to this little problemo?

    And 2. When doing anything inside a .zip file besides viewing or extracting, for example moving, then explorer also takes ages for that kind of small tasks.

    Monday, July 27, 2015 10:45 PM

Answers

  • Hi Holotech,

    Thank you for your question.

    When a folder appears to move instantly, it's because the operating system has been able to update the file allocation table* to without moving the actual file data.

    It's slower to do this with small files, as for each one a change has to be made in the table. If the files are really small, this may even take a similar amount of time to actually moving their data.

    In addition, we will post your feedback to Microsoft to improve it.

    If there are any questions regarding this issue, please be free to let me know.

    Best Regard,

    Jim


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    • Edited by jim-xu Tuesday, July 28, 2015 10:23 AM
    • Marked as answer by Holotech Tuesday, July 28, 2015 1:33 PM
    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 10:22 AM

All replies

  • You may recheck the issue by creating a new user account with administrative privileges.

    S.Sengupta, Windows Experience MVP

    Monday, July 27, 2015 11:39 PM
  • It is already running with admin privileges.

    For example the game Jagged Alliance 2 has a user made update called 1.13. And when deleting that installation it takes maybe 1-2 minutes compared to for example lots of other much bigger folders, that are deleted in seconds. This is really an old very known issue for Windows 7.


    • Edited by Holotech Tuesday, July 28, 2015 1:06 AM
    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 12:40 AM
  • Hi Holotech,

    Thank you for your question.

    When a folder appears to move instantly, it's because the operating system has been able to update the file allocation table* to without moving the actual file data.

    It's slower to do this with small files, as for each one a change has to be made in the table. If the files are really small, this may even take a similar amount of time to actually moving their data.

    In addition, we will post your feedback to Microsoft to improve it.

    If there are any questions regarding this issue, please be free to let me know.

    Best Regard,

    Jim


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help, and unmark the answers if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com.

    Jim Xu
    TechNet Community Support


    • Edited by jim-xu Tuesday, July 28, 2015 10:23 AM
    • Marked as answer by Holotech Tuesday, July 28, 2015 1:33 PM
    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 10:22 AM
  • Hi,

    it can definitely be improved, because in those cases - with lots of small files - where it starts calculating - counting size - then a DOS commando (deleting the folder) could do the same job immediately.

    This PC scores 7.8 of 7.9 in the Windows experience index, only such old "stuff" slows it down ...

    By the way please note that operating with files inside a .zip for example moving some folders, also still can be extremely slow in Windows 7 (2015) ..



    • Edited by Holotech Tuesday, July 28, 2015 1:36 PM
    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 1:33 PM