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My Dell Inspiron 620 computer is a little over a year old, 3 GHZ processor and 8 GM Ram, should not have any speed issues.

But when I navigate to folders that have a lot of files (over 1000), it takes close to a minute to index and sort them (the green bar runs from left to right as it's working) for the first time during a work session. After that it's immediate.

Is this normal? Other than creating subfolders, is there any fix you know of?

Hello Theo

There are a number of issues that you may be dealing with.. over time, the malware/spyware/trialware on a computer that gets installed as you surf the web as well as the results of the 'trialware' already on your computer when you first got it and finally, in your case, having a dell computer which has its own proprietary maintenance software that is garbage.. you may also have some issues that are well known to microsoft.

Here is what I would suggest.

First visit my website at and read the TIPS page on OPTIMIZING your computer. Then go to the SOFTWARE/SUPPORT page and install all the items from the PINK section as they will help with the ongoing cleaning, removal and maintenance from the malware/spyware that causes so many problems and slowness of your computer. Programs like CCLEANER and MALWAREBYTES will certainly help this.

The fact that within CCLEANER TOOLS you can disable and delete items from the start up, you will find by simply disabling things you are unsure of and restarting to see if that makes a difference (you don't need to be a tech here as you can safely disable things and then reenable).. but with DELL there are a number of 'dell update' items that are monitoring in the background all the time so disabling these can certainly help. If you have been using the Norton or McAffey crap then get rid of it, as my tip mentions, use AVAST as it if free and fast! Just install it using CUSTOM mode and de-select all the items from the middle column as they are not required and simply slow things down. Use the following link to help understand how to use ccleaner:

Now on to the problem you are noticing and a possible fix.. read this fix windows folder slow behaviour from this link:

I hope this helps,


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As I have been volunteering in the 'windows' category since the inception of AllExperts, which has now moved to numerous windows categories. I will therefore be happy to answer any Windows 7,8 and 10 based question. What can't I answer? Not much, as this is the main reason I volunteered here, because I am hopeful the questions I can not answer will allow me to investigate the problem so that I can answer it. The TIPS and SOFTWARE support through my website at can also be of some help.


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