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    Slow progress bar in Windows Explorer folder

    After dowloading a file to the downloads folder I open the downloads folder and then find I have to wait quite a long time while the green progress bar at the top creeps across the screen.
    I tried various suggestions including changing the "optimize folder for" setting in properties-customize and preventing Windows 7 from deleting the thumbnail cache as suggested here:
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    However the progress bar soon got back to its old sluggish self. Apart from simply moving old downloads to another folder, any other suggestions to speed up this green bar?
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    Something appears to be slowing you down by utilizing system resources. What do you have running in the background? Use msconfig.exe, startup tab to see what starts with Windows. if you are similar to a lot of others, you have way too much running for available resources. This slows things way down. Post a shot of apps so suggestions may be made.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tedshemyers View Post
    Something appears to be slowing you down by utilizing system resources. What do you have running in the background? Use msconfig.exe, startup tab to see what starts with Windows. if you are similar to a lot of others, you have way too much running for available resources. This slows things way down. Post a shot of apps so suggestions may be made.
    Hi Ted
    That was quite an eye opener. I thought Tune Up Utilities (version for 2011)* would have sorted much of this out but it appears a little hands-on stopping of services would be worth while. Do please make suggestions. (I know Apple mobile and Easeus are not necessary (I use Easeus on demand only) and I'm fairly sure the HP ones are not needed.)
    (Zip file of screenshots (services and startup) attached, I saved the services screen shots to show only those running (just a few stopped ones at the end of image 10.)
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    *PS I wonder if it is worth keeping Tune up utilities? Opinions would be welcome. I use CCleaner and JV16 power tools anyway so Tune up is perhaps redundant?
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    I would use What's In Startup (scroll down a ways for the download link) to look at and delete all that is not needed. Here is what mine looks like:

    WhatsInStartup.jpg

    Install What's In Startup, run it and when you see a windows similar to mine, press the Prt Sc key, then open MS Paint and press Ctrl+V, crop to just show the area of the What's In Startup screen, then Go Advanced in the Lounge Reply screen, choose Manage Attachments and add the screen shot you just created to your post. This will let me see what apps are starting with Windows.

    I would leave Services alone for now. After you thin down your apps, there are ways to look at services as well, but these can be dangerous to play with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tedshemyers View Post
    I would use What's In Startup (scroll down a ways for the download link) to look at and delete all that is not needed. Here is what mine looks like:

    WhatsInStartup.jpg

    Install What's In Startup, run it and when you see a windows similar to mine, press the Prt Sc key, then open MS Paint and press Ctrl+V, crop to just show the area of the What's In Startup screen, then Go Advanced in the Lounge Reply screen, choose Manage Attachments and add the screen shot you just created to your post. This will let me see what apps are starting with Windows.

    I would leave Services alone for now. After you thin down your apps, there are ways to look at services as well, but these can be dangerous to play with.
    Hi Ted
    The startup list doesn't look all that different from msconfig's startup list ... but here it is anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwsolo View Post
    Hi Ted
    The startup list doesn't look all that different from msconfig's startup list ... but here it is anyway.
    Do you automatically sync your download folder to another location?

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    Hi Joe
    No I don't sync that folder. I let Karen's replicator sync "my documents" to a couple of other drives every hour and I get SugarSync to sync a few low-weight folders onto a remote server, but not the "downloads" one
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    Have you tried using Task Manager and observing the Processes tab to see if there is anything unusual using the CPU when this happens?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeperez View Post
    Have you tried using Task Manager and observing the Processes tab to see if there is anything unusual using the CPU when this happens?

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    Hi Joe
    Nothing untoward I think - please see attached screenshot
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    Nothing looks out of whack. Did you check out the link Clint posted in post #5?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeperez View Post
    Nothing looks out of whack. Did you check out the link Clint posted in post #5?

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    Hi Joe
    Yes, in fact that link refers to things I referred to in my first post in this thread - ie I customized folder and prevented Windows 7 from deleting the thumbnail cache. However, it looks as if my prevention of deletion of the cache hasn't worked.... ie it's still deleting it.
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    Is your download folder included in the search index?

    Has the folder customization reverted to videos?

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    When you looked at the processes tab in Task manager, did you click the show processes from all users button at the bottom of the window?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeperez View Post
    Is your download folder included in the search index?

    Has the folder customization reverted to videos?

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    Hi Joe
    Yes it is included in the google desktop search
    I find that whichever customization I use sticks OK. Currently using videos, just to try it, but no difference in green bar speed from when I was using General.
    Please also note my reply further down re "all users"
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