Windows 10: Download folder takes an age to load

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  1.    14 Jul 2015 #1

    Download folder takes an age to load


    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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  2.    14 Jul 2015 #2

    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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    I have not checked this yet but I guess it is checking whether to sync with one-drive
    if using an ms account.
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       14 Jul 2015 #3

    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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    Try removing the 'global' downloads folder from quick access and replace it with a link that points at your Downloads folder.

    C:\Users\Slartybart\Downloads versus "This PC > Downloads"

    It's essentialy the same folder, but there seems to be a lag - indexing is scanning the 'global' downloads folder every time. You might try adding the 'global' downloads folder to the index - simple way -> create a new Library called Downloads and add your Downloads folder to the new Library

    Please report your experience to MS
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  4. Posts : 5,011
    Windows 10 Pro X64 15063.138
       14 Jul 2015 #4

    Try removing the 'global' downloads folder from quick access and replace it with a link that points at your Downloads folder.
    How do you do this?
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  5. Posts : 5,011
    Windows 10 Pro X64 15063.138
       14 Jul 2015 #5

    Some fixes that help some times:

    Disable Windows Search:
    Open a Run box and enter services.msc, press Enter.
    Scroll down to Windows Search and double click on it.
    Click on Stop then set Startup to Disabled.

    Slow Explorer progress bar on large folder
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  6. Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       14 Jul 2015 #6

    Ztruker said: View Post
    How do you do this?
    Right click on Downloads the Quick Access list in the navigator pane of File Explorer,
    Select Unpin from Quick Access

    Navigate to your User Profile
    (ex: C:\User\Slartybart)
    Right Click your Downloads folder
    Select Pin to Quick access



    Side notes:

    • I've also replaced all of the pinned user folders in the Taskbar File Explorer with Libraries. I really like the organizational power of of Libraries, so I've been using them exclusively since they were introduced.

    • I've found that items pinned to File Explorer also show up in Quick access - I fed MS because I believe the two should be maintained as separate lists. There is either a bug in quick access or there is a limit on items pinned there. I have about 15 things pinned to Explorer, but only eight show up in quick access.
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  7.    15 Jul 2015 #7

    After several day, the Download folder contents now seem to display just the same as any other folder, so don't know what was going on - can't believe that Windows 'learns' the contents so that if there's no change it just displays the last search.

    UPDATE: Switched PC off & back on after a couple hours. Download folder contents taking ages to show. The green progress bar reaches the end with still no folder contents shown, then repeats process for second time before eventually displaying folder contents.

    Will try suggestions above but surely this is basic stuff, not rocket science!
    Last edited by WightWalker; 15 Jul 2015 at 06:30.
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    W7 Pro x64 | W10 IP x64 | Linux Mint VM
       15 Jul 2015 #8

    I'm not sure if this is relevant but I've noticed that some of my HDDs power down when not being used, the power light for the relevant bay in my Icy Docks goes out suggesting the drives are powered down and folder contents or that drive/s take a while to show as the drive powers back up again. This doesn't happen when booted into Windows 7. I'm wondering if 10 powers down drives that aren't currently in use? That obviously wouldn't make sense if your Downloads folder is on your C: drive.
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  9.    15 Jul 2015 #9

    Boozad said: View Post
    I'm not sure if this is relevant but I've noticed that some of my HDDs power down when not being used, the power light for the relevant bay in my Icy Docks goes out suggesting the drives are powered down and folder contents or that drive/s take a while to show as the drive powers back up again. This doesn't happen when booted into Windows 7. I'm wondering if 10 powers down drives that aren't currently in use? That obviously wouldn't make sense if your Downloads folder is on your C: drive.
    At first I thought that you might be onto something until I realised that my other partitions are also on the same HD & these can be read instantaneously.

    It isn't consistent, sometimes there is no delay is accessing the Download partition after switch on & other times there is.
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  10.    16 Jul 2015 #10

    The Download Folder is part of my Archive Partition.

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    CD Burn & Temp can be accessed immediately whereas the Download Folder takes in excess of a minute to display contents.

    Still haven't resolved this issue yet.
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