Solved Shortcuts to folders is slow to open

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February 20, 2012 at 02:20:59
Specs: Windows XP, Quad Q9450/4GB
My XP folders are taking 4-8 seconds to open, but only from shortcuts. If I have a folder open and I d-click to open a subfolder, or go up the tree to the parent folder, that is fast as usual.

Any ideas about cause please, or how to isolate?

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Terry, East Grinstead, UK


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#1
February 20, 2012 at 03:22:22
There are multiple reasons why folders can take a while to open. The most likely cause is probably a fragmented harddisk. Performing a disk defragmention could reduce the loading time.

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#2
February 20, 2012 at 12:15:26
Thanks, but my HDs are defragmented daily, so that's not the cause here.

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Terry, East Grinstead, UK


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#3
February 20, 2012 at 14:30:32
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Any chance that there are further shortcuts within the folders which are invalid? I have found that it can take a long while for XP to give up on invalid shortcuts thereby causing delays.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
February 20, 2012 at 23:24:31
Thanks Derek, interesting point that I hadn't considered. And it may well be one of the reasons that today the folder opening speed has improved significantly. Can't be sure because the two changes between Before and After were:
1. Used the registry cleaning section of CCcleaner
2. Rebooted (again).
Maybe there were some invalid shortcuts amongst the many entries CCcleaner deleted. (I didn't examine them, as I've grown to trust the tool, and always take the SR option anyway.)

But amongst other possibilities (and research shows them to be numerous indeed, as thomasad said) I still wonder if it's somewhow connected with my external drive. The latest one I added some months ago was a WD 2 TB unit. Unlike my earlier WD 1 TB 'My Book', this seems to get 'powered up' sometimes, even when I'm not opening any folders or files on it. Because I opted out of installing all its accompanying software (for backup, etc, that I don't need), I'm unable to configure its 'power mangement', so I'll never be sure about this speculation.

And all that may be irrelevant anyway. I'm just pleased that - for now at least - the problem has gone away!

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Terry, East Grinstead, UK


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#5
February 21, 2012 at 07:08:11
On the shortcut possibility I use Ainvo Shortcut Cleaner (free). I don't think CCleaner removes invalid shortcuts but it does a lot of other things. As you say, there are many possible reasons.

Anyhow, glad to hear that things seem better and thx for feedback.


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