Window scroll bar is really slow

September 24, 2010 at 04:37:08
Specs: Windows XP, 512 MB
Hello there
I have this question. I have a PC with an old Pentium 4 and Windows XP installed on it.

This PC has only 512MB.

The Windows explorer's window gets really slow, almost stuck, whenever I browse "my
images" folder inside of "my documents" folder. This "my images" folder is in the hard
disk of the PC where the operating system is installed and has a lot of image files
with a total size of around 14 GB. When I remove some of the images of this folder and there are 5 GB or so, then
it is possible again to scroll quickly the scroll bar of the windows explorer when it is displaying the content of the "my images" folder.

As for hard disk space, on one hand there is enough space in this hard disk
because there are 15 GB still left so the problem of slowness when browsing this "my images" folder seems not be related to lack of hard disk space.

On the other hand, I did another test just in case and checked that when I use a USB external hard disk to store all the 14 GB images,
then there is no problem when displaying the folder's content where all these images are stored. Then, first question, is Why the slowness only happens when
displaying a folder with a huge content inside of the internal hard disk but does not happen with the same folder when it is stored in a USB external hard drive?

I really do not know yet. I thought the problem might be that the computer has not enough memory. That is why I did ctrl+alt+delete to check how much memory was being used.
Then actually I could see in the task manager that the memory which was being used went up to 530 MB or so. But I thought such a short increase above the 512 MB limit of RAM memory
should not be enough to make the computer so slow when displaying the contents of this "my images" folder in the internal hard disk of the PC.

So the main question is, do you think buying another 512 MB of memory will make the computer quicker when displaying this pictures? I would rather know whether
this increase in ram memory is going to be useful or not to increase the speed of the scroll when the windows explorer show the contents of the "my images" folder.

At the same time I would like to ask your advice as for the speed with which Windows XP starts on this computer. Would you recommend installing Windows 7 in this Pentium 4
in order to make it boot faster and make it faster in general, for example, whenever I use Microsoft Office (Access, Word...) or try to display any huge folder's content?

Thanks a lot for the suggestions

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September 24, 2010 at 13:06:12
Kind of hard to say. Any number of issues could be going on. Perfmon may be able to have some metric used to find out. There are also systernals tools to help.

The problem is it may be a number of issues. Personally I would suggest that it is way past time to do a complete reload from sources.

One could use something like ultimate boot cd to do some tests also.

It may be that unchecking indexing or stopping indexing may help some.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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September 26, 2010 at 01:35:23
manygirls, while more memory or a different/'better' OS couldn't hurt, a couple of 'maybes' come to mind. First is defrag. If your images are anything like mine, they were saved at different times and may be scattered badly over the disk making access really slow.
Next comes a subfolder. What if you had an 'Images A-L' and 'Images M-Z'? Seems to me that'd cut down access time. You could sub-divide even further if needed.
Ed in Texas.

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