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"Working On It

by Thos19 / March 8, 2017 5:51 AM PST

I've done a clean install of Windows 10 home on my HP Pavillion 3.00ghz, 16GB RAM machine after upgrading my hard drive.

Upon start up, if I for example, open the "downloads" folder, instead of populating the list of files in the directory immediately, I see a "Working On It" message in the address bar. A green bar slowly fills the address bar from left to right and upon crossing the entire screen, my file list appears. This can take 30-60 seconds.

As I mentioned before, this was a clean install of a brand new SSD (Crucial MX300 525GB), so except for the OS, the drive is nearly empty. I can't understand why it is taking so long to load. I've never seen this before on my PC with Windows 7, 8, or 10 (prior to the HD upgrade. I am not sure if it is a quirk of the OS, a problem with the drive (Crucial insists it is not), or perhaps a virus.

Has anyone encountered this before? Advice?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 8, 2017 8:33 AM PST
In reply to: "Working On It

Windows File Explorer can take time on some folders as it builds up icons for picture files.

This is not a bug. And I've seen this since Windows 3.0

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I've Seen This Also, But.....
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 8, 2017 10:57 AM PST
In reply to: "Working On It some cases, a few minor tweaks might help. First, check various drivers, especially your motherboard/chipset driver to make sure they're current and correct.

Next, It seems as though the Windows 10 "upgrade/'install" process may not install all the files correctly, or maybe they're damaged, or maybe something else, but running Chkdsk has fixed quite a few of these minor glitches. Try running Chkdsk in "repair" mode to find any damaged files and correct them. Start by opening a command prompt as an admin. RIGHT click on the Start button, choose "Command Prompt (Admin). Once there, type chkdsk /f /r /x, leaving the appropriate spaces between the letters as shown, then press the Enter key. You should see a note that it can't be run till a restart is done, type "Y" for yes, then press the Enter key again. Close the command prompt and restart the computer. Chkdsk will run upon restart and will take quite a while to finish.. Don't panic when the progress bar stays at 10% for a long time. It's fairly normal and the Chkdsk process may take a couple of hours.

When it's finished, it will boot to your normal startup/lock screen and you can login normally and then see if things are working correctly again.

Hope this helps.


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I tried the following and it seemed to work
by edwardnav / March 9, 2017 6:19 AM PST

If you're getting the green bar of molasses on a local folder, like the Downloads folder, it may be because Windows Explorer has "optimized" that folder for photos or video and is trying to generate thumbnails for all your files. Luckily, there's an easy way to turn off this behavior: In Windows Explorer, right click the Downloads folder (or any folder you are having issues with), then select Properties / Customize tab / Optimize this folder / for "General Items" – Apply

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