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'Pictures' folder slow, not responding

by Bill McKenzie / October 7, 2012 5:09 PM PDT

I am running Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit and lately my Pictures folder is taking an age to open and frequently doesn't respond. Everything else seems to work fine and opens normally - it's just this one folder. I'd appreciate any suggestions!

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Re: picture folders slow to open
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 7, 2012 5:13 PM PDT

Could be a corrupted picture in that folder.

Things to try:
- Set to "detail" view. If that helps, and you don't mind not seeing thumbnails it's solved.

If not solved:
- Move all pics out and delete thumbs.db (hidden file), then gradually move pics in again until you find the culprit.

If it's just a question of too many files in it, start making subfolders and move pics into those.


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Not solved....
by Bill McKenzie / October 9, 2012 10:23 AM PDT

Kees, I've copied all My Pictures to and external hard drive but when I try to delete them from my PC, I get "Windows Explorer has stopped working". I've tried several times but always with the same result. Do you have any further suggestions? Thanks

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Sounds like a corrupted image.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 9, 2012 10:43 AM PDT
In reply to: Not solved....

Did you set the view to Detail?

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Did you set the view to Detail?
by Bill McKenzie / October 9, 2012 1:37 PM PDT

Yes - no dice.

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Then it's time to use other than Explorer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 10, 2012 3:28 AM PDT

I'd learn how to use Gyula's Navigator (google to find it) and with that, move ALL files out of this folder then.

1. Delete the folder.
2. Create this folder anew.
3. Test if Explorer hates it (should be fine at this step.)
4. Copy in about 20 files at a time, testing Explorer at each step using Gyula's Navigator to copy them in. DO NOT MOVE FILES, COPY THEM.

Eventually you'll find the bad images.

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I'd learn how to use Gyula's Navigator
by Bill McKenzie / October 10, 2012 8:33 AM PDT

Thanks Bob - I've downloaded Gyula's Navigator. Much as I'd like to learn to use it, I can't find any tutorials or how-to's. Can you point me to a site which explains how to use it?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 10, 2012 9:38 AM PDT

But it's just another file/folder browser without Explorer's issue with corrupt images.

I guess you could use the command line since it's only a few commands to learn?

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by Bill McKenzie / October 12, 2012 1:28 PM PDT
In reply to: Sorry.

Thanks Bob - I finally managed it. Gyula looked a bit daunting but turned out not to be.
Your help appreciated

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There are other file/folder browsers.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 12, 2012 1:57 PM PDT
In reply to: Success

Gyula is free, doesn't hide stuff and not too hard to use.

Glad you got it sorted.

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