Right-click menu/"My PC" slow after copying files

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  1. Posts : 426
    Windows 10 64-bit Ver 1909, OS build 18363.535
       #1

    Right-click menu/"My PC" slow after copying files


    My Windows 10 64bit PC acts weird after copying/moving a large amount of files (say maybe 75GB or more). I can run my PC for days and it's fine, as long as I don't move/copy lots of large files. I can copy files for a while, but after a certain amount of copying, the right-click menu takes a good 20+ seconds to open. If I right-click any file or folder, the small blue circle just spins while it thinks about it, then finally the right-click menu opens. Also, opening "This PC" takes the same amount of time (20+ seconds) to show the drives with the bar indicating how full it is. And this happens until I reboot.

    As soon as I reboot, it's fine again. Right-click menu comes up quick, and explorer works fine, and opening "This PC" instantly shows my drives. But start moving/copying large files again, and suddenly the same thing starts happening again.

    This has been happening for a couple years and I can't take it anymore. What can be causing this? I have 16GB memory.

    I have Kaspersky free anivirus running but it happens when it's disabled too, and I used to have Avast and the same thing happened then too.
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  2. Posts : 35,604
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Hi, the usual starting point for right click problems is to try disabling context menu entries added by 3rd party programs.

    The usual utility to start with is Shellexview (free). Simply use it to
    a. hide all MS extensions
    b. use checkboxes to disable all others or select all, rt click and disable

    No need to log off or restart.

    Autoruns (free) may reveal more extensions.

    Also check this is not enabled:
    Enable or Disable Indexer Backoff in Windows

    If still no joy, then also try a clean boot.

    It may be interesting to capture a screenshot of your task manager when this is happening, organising any columns of interest high to low.
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  3. Posts : 426
    Windows 10 64-bit Ver 1909, OS build 18363.535
    Thread Starter
       #3

    But the right-click thing is only part of the issue - remember, "This PC" is also acting the exact same way, so I don't believe it's specifically a right-click issue - that's just a symptom. When this issues happens, some software also takes longer to open/run - any software that seems to need to detect drives takes longer to run, just like the other tasks I mentioned. It's like after the computer handles some big files or copy tasks, it seems to have a memory issue or something, and the PC doesn't act right again until a reboot.

    So don't think of this as a right-click issue - it's a bigger issue than this.
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  4. Posts : 35,604
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #4

    Thank you for your reply. Good luck.
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  5. Posts : 426
    Windows 10 64-bit Ver 1909, OS build 18363.535
    Thread Starter
       #5

    So does this sound like anything anybody in here has encountered before? Something must be affecting my PC in a way that is causing slowdown after copying files. Is it something impacting memory?

    - - - Updated - - -

    To add, I also notice this can sometimes trigger after I open and close a ton of folders. Just as described above, it's fine for a while, but if I go into a folder with lots of subfolders and open and go back, open and go back, etc. too many times, then the same delay kicks in with the "My PC", right-click menu, detecting drives, etc.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Nobody has any suggestions for why my PC deteriorates after copying large files?
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  6. Posts : 35,604
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #6

    You took the first point in my post, discounted that, and ignored the rest.....so...
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  7. Posts : 426
    Windows 10 64-bit Ver 1909, OS build 18363.535
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Your suggestion seemed to ignore most of my original post. What I am dealing with here is not an issue with the right-click menu. Each time I reboot, the right-click menu is fine. It's fine for days straight, without rebooting, as long as I don't copy large files too often before rebooting again. If I do, the computer instantly degrades after a certain point - one minute it's fine, then suddenly it takes 20-30 seconds to detect drives in "My PC", run software that detects drives, and yes, right-click also. And it continues to behave that way until a reboot.
    Clearly this is not a simple issue with the right-click menu. I'm sorry, but I'm not going to waste my time troubleshooting right-click issues when it's clear my PC is suffering from something more than that. I already have Shell EX View and I know how to trim the right-click menu down. That's not the issue here.

    I'm willing to listen to suggestions, but your suggestion did not fit my scenario.

    And I did check indexer backoff. It's enabled, which it is by default, but reading about it, I don't see how that would cause my PC to act the way it does. From what I understand, all that does is control indexing. Indexing is not my problem here.

    I thought I remembered hearing something previously about setting too many folder views in "change folder and search options" - something about it leading to memory issues. I do have folder views set to list view for each folder type - maybe that's eating up too much memory?

    I also have "Launch Folder Windows in a Separate Process" enabled because it eliminated single windows explorer crashes taking out all my other open windows, but I'm wondering now if that may be part of the issue I'm having, as according to what I've read on it, it can improve stability but can cause performance degradation if you don't have ample memory (I have 16GB, which I thought was enough, but maybe not).
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  8. Posts : 803
    Windows 10 Enterprise x64 19044.1806
       #8

    You can try the "Intelligent standby list cleaner" from Wagnardsoft. It automatically clears the Cached memory shown in Task Manager. I use it when copying large files and folders between my two PC's.

    Intelligent standby list cleaner v1.0.2.0 Released | Wagnardsoft

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  9. Posts : 56,119
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #9

    rivre said:


    I also have "Launch Folder Windows in a Separate Process" enabled because it eliminated single windows explorer crashes taking out all my other open windows, but I'm wondering now if that may be part of the issue I'm having, as according to what I've read on it, it can improve stability but can cause performance degradation if you don't have ample memory (I have 16GB, which I thought was enough, but maybe not).
    I read thru all posts and don't see any mention of what version of Windows you're running. I see Home, but not the build and service level. The issue with Explorer crashes was a considerable while ago, and was fixed. I haven't seen any mass posting about it for a long time.

    What version are you running? Just post a pic of your WINVER screen, that will show all info. Thanks.
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  10. Posts : 2,790
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64
       #10

    Are you having Windows Search service running ? If so, check the index database file located under:
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows\Windows.edb
    It is hidden so you'd have to set the Folder options to show hidden files. Over time, this file can grow to many GB's. After copying a large amount of files, Windows search will start re-indexing causing the system to slow down.
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