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  1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       12 Aug 2015 #1

    File explorer slow/Never loading solution


    Ok so since upgrading from 7 to 10 file explorer has been a absolute nightmare! Everything was either incredibly slow, didn't happen or only partially load. After enduring this to this day I have decided enough is enough and started diagnosing by limiting the startup services using MSconfig.

    After going through enabling startup services groups at the time and restarting the computer everytime! Eventually I found the service that was causing the problems with file explorer. The service is called Windows search and once disabled it restored functionality to file explorer. The search function in file explorer works but the search in the taskbar doesn't.

    Step by step guide:
    1. Hold Win+r to open run
    2. Type msconfig and hit ok or enter
    3. Click Services
    4. Navigate to Windows search (you can sort the list in descending alphabetical order)
    5. Uncheck tickbox
    6. Click apply then ok
    7. Select to restart now

    Hope this works for you.
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  2. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10 64 bit
       15 Aug 2015 #2

    Thanks for the tip mate.
    File Explorer had become almost unusable.
    Bloody windows search eh?
    I never use it anyway.
    Been using Everything for a while now.
    Much better.
    Thanks again…
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  3. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 1
    Win 10 Pro 64bit
       01 Sep 2015 #3

    razghost said: View Post
    Ok so since upgrading from 7 to 10 file explorer has been a absolute nightmare! Everything was either incredibly slow, didn't happen or only partially load. After enduring this to this day I have decided enough is enough and started diagnosing by limiting the startup services using MSconfig.

    After going through enabling startup services groups at the time and restarting the computer everytime! Eventually I found the service that was causing the problems with file explorer. The service is called Windows search and once disabled it restored functionality to file explorer. The search function in file explorer works but the search in the taskbar doesn't.

    Step by step guide:
    1. Hold Win+r to open run
    2. Type msconfig and hit ok or enter
    3. Click Services
    4. Navigate to Windows search (you can sort the list in descending alphabetical order)
    5. Uncheck tickbox
    6. Click apply then ok
    7. Select to restart now

    Hope this works for you.
    OMG yes. Thank you.

    This was exactly the solution I was looking for. This problem was getting extremely painful, and everything else I'd found was talking about changing the folder optimization setting, i.e. Documents/Photos etc, which making no difference at all.
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  4. Joined : Jul 2015
    Sweden
    Posts : 23
    Windows 10
       07 Oct 2015 #4

    razghost said: View Post
    Ok so since upgrading from 7 to 10 file explorer has been a absolute nightmare! Everything was either incredibly slow, didn't happen or only partially load. After enduring this to this day I have decided enough is enough and started diagnosing by limiting the startup services using MSconfig.

    After going through enabling startup services groups at the time and restarting the computer everytime! Eventually I found the service that was causing the problems with file explorer. The service is called Windows search and once disabled it restored functionality to file explorer. The search function in file explorer works but the search in the taskbar doesn't.

    Step by step guide:
    1. Hold Win+r to open run
    2. Type msconfig and hit ok or enter
    3. Click Services
    4. Navigate to Windows search (you can sort the list in descending alphabetical order)
    5. Uncheck tickbox
    6. Click apply then ok
    7. Select to restart now

    Hope this works for you.
    Disable Search won't make icons load faster. It just disables the ability to find programs and other stuff fast!
    Naturally I tested your "tips" and still, loading icons are slow. It has to be some other thing going on in W10. Windows 7 didn't have this problem. Microsoft wake up!
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  5. Joined : May 2015
    Floriduh
    Posts : 16
    Linux/Windows7/Windows10
       07 Jan 2016 #5

    razghost said: View Post
    Ok so since upgrading from 7 to 10 file explorer has been a absolute nightmare! Everything was either incredibly slow, didn't happen or only partially load. After enduring this to this day I have decided enough is enough and started diagnosing by limiting the startup services using MSconfig.

    After going through enabling startup services groups at the time and restarting the computer everytime! Eventually I found the service that was causing the problems with file explorer. The service is called Windows search and once disabled it restored functionality to file explorer. The search function in file explorer works but the search in the taskbar doesn't.

    Step by step guide:
    1. Hold Win+r to open run
    2. Type msconfig and hit ok or enter
    3. Click Services
    4. Navigate to Windows search (you can sort the list in descending alphabetical order)
    5. Uncheck tickbox
    6. Click apply then ok
    7. Select to restart now

    Hope this works for you.

    I would have never thought of this -
    This DOES stop the lag with explorer, and does not seem to have any adverse effect on anything that I normally use.
    Thank you for solving the problem... AND sharing the solution with us
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  6. Joined : Nov 2013
    Posts : 209
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       02 Apr 2016 #6

    razghost said: View Post
    Ok so since upgrading from 7 to 10 file explorer has been a absolute nightmare! Everything was either incredibly slow, didn't happen or only partially load. After enduring this to this day I have decided enough is enough and started diagnosing by limiting the startup services using MSconfig.

    After going through enabling startup services groups at the time and restarting the computer everytime! Eventually I found the service that was causing the problems with file explorer. The service is called Windows search and once disabled it restored functionality to file explorer. The search function in file explorer works but the search in the taskbar doesn't.

    Step by step guide:
    1. Hold Win+r to open run
    2. Type msconfig and hit ok or enter
    3. Click Services
    4. Navigate to Windows search (you can sort the list in descending alphabetical order)
    5. Uncheck tickbox
    6. Click apply then ok
    7. Select to restart now

    Hope this works for you.
    Thank you.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  7. Joined : Jan 2015
    Posts : 5
    Windows 10
       20 Apr 2016 #7

    This didn't work for me.
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  8. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,241
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       21 Apr 2016 #8

    Something else must be going on to have that effect... Windows search should back off quickly (stop indexing) almost as soon as you start doing sthg. If indexing is complete, it should have no impact on your performance. It never has on mine.

    Note that
    a. searching Settings is dependent on Windows search
    b. Cortana 'My Stuff' is entirely dependent on Windows search
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  9. Joined : May 2016
    Posts : 1
    Windows
       04 May 2016 #9

    Thanks heaps! This is the solution i was looking for, and now my computer in files explorer doesn't have a stupid loading sign over it and works much faster. Thanks again!
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  10. Joined : Jun 2016
    Posts : 1
    Win 10
       19 Jun 2016 #10

    i was this close to going back to win 7, and then i found your solution, windows file manager is running like its on a fresh install, thank you so much for providing a solution other than the usual microsoft response "turn it off and then on again".
    You are awesome
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