Downloads folder take a lot of time until it's fully loaded

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by antonio8909, Apr 25, 2021.

  1. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    Do you have a custom anti-virus program you can uninstall? It just seems incredibly suspect that this one folder in particular has this problem if it's not related to an anti-virus program or system process in some way.
     
  2. antonio8909

    antonio8909 MDL Guru

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    I'm using Windows Defender.
     
  3. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Seem to be that a fresh Clean Installation of Windows 10 is required!
     
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  4. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    I had a thought. Is it possible that a service like the Windows Search service is being shut down constantly and the system is constantly having to start it back up?
    Have you fiddled with some kind of service script or service modifying tool?
     
  5. Digitalfox

    Digitalfox MDL Junior Member

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    Can you try to move the files/folders to other location/folder and see if the behavior still ocurs?
    And if it doesn't ocurr anymore, then try to move back some files to see when it stars occurring again.
     
  6. antonio8909

    antonio8909 MDL Guru

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    I believe I didn't use that kind of software in this PC. I'll try to download the lastest Windows 10 ISO and perform an in-place upgrade to see if it fix the issue.
     
  7. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    Another possible reason for slowdowns can be third-party shell extensions and handlers. For example, some codec packs can install handlers for thumbnail previews, and they are known to be problematic, sometimes.
     
  8. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    I don't think an Upgrade will work, a Clean Install would be on Order!
     
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  9. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    It could be a scheduled task that keeps shutting down a service or a program that is auto-shutting down services that it doesn't think are important.
    Again, this is just a hunch. It could also be something else entirely. It's really hard to tell what this is because I've never ran into this problem myself.
     
  10. Flipp3r

    Flipp3r MDL Expert

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    @antonio8909, Carlos Detweiller has made a good point. A third-party shell extension could be causing this delay. I'd look into this...
     
  11. antonio8909

    antonio8909 MDL Guru

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    After checking all the possible issues, I don't seem to find the solution. I guess I need to schedule a new install of Windows in the near future...

    Thanks to all people who tried to fix it!
     
  12. kaljukass

    kaljukass MDL Guru

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    @antonio8909
    If you really haven't found anything, there is one option that can help (I don't know if anyone has already suggested it or not, haven't read all posts).
    This is because you probably have the thumbnails enabled in the preview of allowed folders. (It is in folder options) Disable it for all folders and subfolders and only allow icons.
     
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  13. antonio8909

    antonio8909 MDL Guru

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    The thumbnails have never been a problem for the load process at any folder on my PC. My download folder is almost empty now and the problem is still there.
     
  14. kaljukass

    kaljukass MDL Guru

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    Unfortunately, there is no way to find which computer it is, what processor it has, what it means SSD (which - company, NVMe 2.x, NVMe 3.x or regular SSD, brand, how old, how often it is trimmed, how many partitions, how large is primary partition, what other partitions there are, whether the disk is GPT or MBR), how the page file have been configured, what folders are indexed etc.
    Maybe this folder is in use while you're trying to open it? That is, another process regularly changes the contents of a folder or does something with the files in that folder.
    Do you open the folder as a new process or do you open all operations as the same process?
     
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  15. urie

    urie Moderator
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    I had same problem even on fresh install but did have large downloads folder on other drive it was virus checker that was slowing it down.
     
  16. ch100

    ch100 MDL Addicted

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    This is the same thing with what I was saying earlier about running dism with the folder C:\Windows\servicing\Packages opened in Explorer which keeps scanning it while the contents is changed.
    I think this is the best guess of the issue for the OP if indexing was disabled for that specific folder.
     
  17. ch100

    ch100 MDL Addicted

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    Try to configure your browser (all of them which are installed) to ask where to download files instead of keeping the default to use Downloads folder.
    It may be that a browser related process tries to access the folder at the same time with explorer and cause issues.
    There are free tools from Microsoft (Sysinternals) like Process Monitor and Process Explorer which can assist with diagnosing.
     
  18. sml156

    sml156 MDL Member

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    Yes I would say this is your problem, You could probably speed it up by using some type of NAS software like FreeNAS or software that will sync the folder locally and not always reading the contents of the folder using your internet connection.
     
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