Windows 10: Download folder takes an age to load

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  1.    28 Nov 2015 #11
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  2. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 - Professional 64Bit
       20 Jun 2016 #12

    Hey there WightWalker,

    Not sure if you have found your solution yet, but I was struggling with this particular issue since installation of Windows 10. A number of my folders took forever to sort by Date, size or anything except the standard Windows Explorer Display.
    Luckily, there is an exact solution that works like a charm!!
    Step 1: Open Explorer
    Step 2: Go to the folder that you have issues with (but don't go into the folder)
    Step 3: Right click on the folder, and select Properties
    Step 4: Click on the "Customize" tab
    Step 5: Under the "Optimize this folder for:" drop down, change this to "General Items"
    Step 6: Tick the box that says include subfolders
    Step 7: Click Apply and OK
    Step 8: Done, move on to your next problem folder and repeat

    WightWalker said: View Post
    Every other folder in File Explorer opens virtually immediately to show all contents but why does the Download folder have to reload the contents, which takes quite some time, the first time the folder is accessed after switching on.

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  3.    21 Jun 2016 #13

    For no obvious reason, my downloads folder was optimized for "pictures". That caused it to open slowly, even if there were no pictures in it. Setting it to "general" fixed it.

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    Windows 10 V. 1607 Build 15063.502 (64 Bit)
       20 Aug 2016 #14

    I seem to have found a solution (at least on my PC), I went to the View Tab in File Explorer....clicked on Options and then the View Tab on Folder Options Window. Scroll down the list until you see the Checkbox for "Launch folder windows in a separate process" and check that and click Apply. Hope it works for you.....

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    Win10 (build 10586.589), Win10 (10240)
       19 Sep 2016 #15

    Frankly, I'm astonished that Microsoft doesn't just default all folders to "General", then only set "Pictures" for the pictures folder. Don't try to guess... because sometimes people have mixed documents in a folder.

    Also, if this doesn't work, I saw someone suggest that you change all files to Read/Write. Something about them being read-only can contribute. Also, change the folder to show details instead of icons.
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