fix my windows explorer (not IE)

Microsoft Windows xp home edition with s...
April 26, 2010 at 19:50:50
Specs: Windows XP, 1.6 ghz/ 512 mb
I think my windows explorer has a problem
because it takes a looong time to open up any
folder, yahoo and chrome both will work but
eventually will not respond. Its not limited to
this, sometimes my downloads folder will not
respond or my computer folder will not
respond. Im not sure what the problem is but
there must be a fix for my windows explorer or
whatever the problem is. thanks for any help
you can give. AS

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#1
April 26, 2010 at 20:12:18
Have you checked to see what processes are running in the background?

Kill the suspicious ones then see how the OS responds.


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#2
April 26, 2010 at 20:38:01
how do you do that?

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#3
April 26, 2010 at 22:07:57
hold control+alt+delete and check under the process tab.

Have you tried defragging your hard drive? Start menu/ all programs/ accessories/ system tools/ disk defragmentor. Run it on your C drive and see if that helps any.


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#4
April 27, 2010 at 21:01:24
OK there a number of processes currently working but i dont
know which ones to end and which ones will mess things up, it
seems defragmenting would just give me more memory, and i
have a few gigs still left and i will have much more when i go
through everything i want to delete in my downloads, so i dont
think defragmenting would help much but you tell me.

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#5
April 30, 2010 at 02:18:08
I would suggest first downloading spybot. Install and update it then run it and clean anything malicious it may find.

If you dont have an antivirus program, i suggest installing Nod32. Its a great one, i've been using it for years now...

After you complete them 2 tasks, run a defrag anyways. it wont hurt anything and it probably needs to be done if you havent run it on your system.

let me know how it goes.


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#6
April 30, 2010 at 06:52:28
Your problem is likely caused by the lack of sufficient RAM (coupled with a lack of regular "housekeeping").

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#7
April 30, 2010 at 07:04:32
Before running defrag, run disk cleanup and clean up all available check marks, then defrag. If important system files are badly fragmented, of many of your files are badly fragmented, then windows needs to stop and search for all of the fragments before it can open anything. Windows explorer especially, since it 'shows' you your files and before it can do that it needs to 'know' where everything actually is first. So if you have not run it in a while, do it.
An infection is also a very real possibility. After running an antivirus program, whether it finds anything or not, also run Malwarebytes (free version) to look for infections many AV programs might miss (and keep it for occasional check up scans).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#8
April 30, 2010 at 07:09:54
Go to this web site and look it over for a fix for Windows Explorer ,here is the link http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_... When I was having a problem with my toolbar ,missing icons etc .I was able to find a fix for every problem I had and it was easily fixed ! When I found this web site it was truely a treasure !
Good Luck, Nick

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#9
April 30, 2010 at 07:11:47
As above, XP if really clean can run on 512Mb RAM, with today's browsers and background programs running, you would be best to double your RAM to around 1Gb (actually it will be 1024Mb, but who's actually counting).
To better understand your background programs, download a program from Microsoft called 'Process Explorer' as it will show you MUCH more information about what processes are running at anytime and will allow you to shut them down like in task manager. Remove programs from your start up menu so you have more control over what is running.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#10
May 2, 2010 at 10:25:25
thanks for the help ill keep trying, hopefully one of these ideas
works, have a nice day

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#11
May 2, 2010 at 13:01:52
Just to add that Windows Explorer is not just a file system, it is the heart of Windows. General issues such as those mentioned will often show up when using Windows Explorer, or anything else for that matter.


What's the time?


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#12
May 8, 2010 at 18:10:45
this is windows explorer were talking about not internet explorer

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#13
May 8, 2010 at 18:31:20
Anthtex81

Err...yes. I think that is understood - it says so in the title.


What's the time?


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