I’ve been plagued by extremely slow display of my Downloads folder on multiple computers running Windows 7. I assumed the issue was due to archive files (zip, tar, exe) or the amount of files and data. I tried removing all files which helped of course but the issue would return once I had more than a few files. I created an AntiVirus exception for the folder but that had no affect. Stumped but repeatedly suffering the issue any time I downloaded new files or accessed the downloads folder I finally found the solution – folder properties. The cause appears to be the default settings for the downloads folder, or any folder suffering this issue Optimized to “General” or “Pictures”. Whether defaults or a setting you may have made the solution is to change the folder Optimization to “Documents”.
Issue: Folders display extremely slowly on Windows 7
Solution: Example is for the Downloads folder
- Navigate to the source folder: C:\Users\*username*\Downloads
- Right Click the folder and choose Properties
- Select the Customize tab
- Change Optimize this folder for to Documents (my folder was set to General)
- Click Apply and OK
- You can now view the Downloads folder instantly from the explorer shortcut. Instantly!