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Problem with file copying/moving..

I recently bought HP notebook(2GB RAM, 1.8GHz Centrino Duo) with Vista Home premium. I am facing following problems in file operations.
1. Whenever I copy, delete, move or rename a file, it takes about 1 min to do it. The dialog box keeps on saying,
"Calculating the time remaining" for about 1 min, irrespective of the file size. When I do these operations on
command prompt, everything is peeches, no probs.
2. I tried to extract a file from a rar archive. It performed the operation but I could not see the file. When
I tried again, it said the file exists, replace? I can only see the file when I open win rar, but not through
explorer or command prompt.
Any suggestions would be highly appreciated.
thanks in advance

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There was a hotfix released...

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If you go visit the Windows Update site, there were two fixes released a few weeks (month?) back that were supposed to address that issue. Try downloading them and see what happens.

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thanks.... a question

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thanks for the suggestion. Is there any way to identify which update it could be? When I go to the site, the updater pops up and tells me that I have installed all updates.

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Sorry, didnt' think to add that...

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done.. but

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thanks for the link. After downloading the update, it gave a message "This update does not apply to your system."
Does it mean its already installed?

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That means that Windows has determined the update is not applicable to your computer and most likely refused to install it. I would download it again, ensuring you get the correct version (either 32-bit or 64-bit), and if the problem persists contact Windows Update Technical Support. Microsoft handles WU issues at no cost, so that's the way I'd go from here. Be sure to mention the "This update does not apply to your system." message, as that indicates your copy of Windows is not being properly identified. (You may end up needing to perform a non-destructive recovery.)

Good luck.

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Thanks John and kcoppok for your help.
I tried again and windows does not let me install the update. So I guess I will contact Microsoft and hope for the best.
Have a good weekend.

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A simpler solution

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I happened to find a simpler solution to this problem, by searching the microsoft forum, which is

Press Windows Key +R
type cmd
Click Okay (this opens command prompt)
Type services.msc
Press the Enter key
Press Continue at the User Account Control Screen
The services management console will open
Scroll down to the Windows Search entry
Right Click Windows Search and select Properties
Click Stop
Select Disabled from the Startup type dropdown
Click Ok
Close the services management console

And the problem just vanishes into thin air. Now the interesting thing here is Microsoft does have a hotfix for this problem which is

However, I was surprised to find the following statement on this page

Note If additional issues occur or any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix.

Does this statement conflict with what John suggested i.e. Microsoft handles these issues at no cost?


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