Explorer is "Laggy"!


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On Windows 11 Enterprise (Build 22000.318) the "Explorer" is slow to open folders (browsing). I have disabled "Thumb Cache" and re-enabled it but nothing! I didn't have this problem on Win 10 (on the same device with SSD and enough RAM and an i7 Intel CPU).

I know there is a solution to bring back old "File Explorer" to Win 11 or browse folders in "Full Screen" mode. Is there a new solution here or it is a Win 11 bug and we have to wait until MS decide to address this issue(!)?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11 Enterprise
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    Laptop
    CPU
    i7
    Hard Drives
    SSD
No Problem here, are you sure it is not something else you need to check
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware M18 R1
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    13th Gen Core i9 13900HX
    Memory
    32GB DDR5 @4800MHz 2x16GB
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    Geforce RTX 4090HX 16GB
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    Nvidia HD / Realtek ALC3254
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    18" QHD+
    Screen Resolution
    25660 X 1600
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    C: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
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    Killer Killer AX1690 Wi-Fi Network Adaptor Wi-Fi 6E
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    Alienware Z01G Graphic Amplifier
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
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    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware Area 51m R2
    CPU
    10th Gen i-9 10900 K
    Memory
    32Gb Dual Channel DDR4 @ 8843MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 2080 Super
    Sound Card
    Nvidia
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    1920 x 1080
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File Explorer hasn't changed that much from Windows 10 or earlier versions of Windows for that matter.
Try running a Clean Boot. If this works, you can leave it this way or you can add one Startup Item or Service at a time until File Explorer starts slowing down, then you will know the culprit.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Gigabyte Z390 UD
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 77000 3.60
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z390 UD
    Memory
    16 GB
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    nVidia GEForce RTX 2060 Super
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    onboard
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    Two 27" Dell 4K monitors
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    3840 x 2160
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    M.2 NVME SSD, 500 GB; Two 2TB Mechanical HDD's
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    850w PSU
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    Cyberpower PC
    Cooling
    Water cooled
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    Backlit Cyberpower gamiong keyboard
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    Backlit Cyberpower gaming mouse
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    1 GB mbps
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    Brave
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    Windows Security

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
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    Laptop
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    Alienware M18 R1
    CPU
    13th Gen Core i9 13900HX
    Memory
    32GB DDR5 @4800MHz 2x16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Geforce RTX 4090HX 16GB
    Sound Card
    Nvidia HD / Realtek ALC3254
    Monitor(s) Displays
    18" QHD+
    Screen Resolution
    25660 X 1600
    Hard Drives
    C: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    D: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    Case
    Dark Metallic Moon
    Keyboard
    Alienware M Series per-key AlienFX RGB
    Mouse
    Alienware AW610M
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton
    Other Info
    Killer E3000 Ethernet Controller
    Killer Killer AX1690 Wi-Fi Network Adaptor Wi-Fi 6E
    Bluetooth 5.2
    Alienware Z01G Graphic Amplifier
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware Area 51m R2
    CPU
    10th Gen i-9 10900 K
    Memory
    32Gb Dual Channel DDR4 @ 8843MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 2080 Super
    Sound Card
    Nvidia
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Hard Drive C: Samsung 2TB SSD PM981a NVMe
    Hard Drive D:Samsung 2TB SSD 970 EVO Plus
    Mouse
    Alienware 610M
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Norton
I have clean install (Win 11), no bloatware installed. Every time I disable new ribbon UI (File Explorer) in registry key, it all goes fast enough like my Win 10.
I think there is a bug with new ribbon UI, I had read some report about it on Reddit (but they are all insiders version) and I am not sure if this bug is still in official version.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11 Enterprise
    Computer type
    Laptop
    CPU
    i7
    Hard Drives
    SSD
I have clean install (Win 11), no bloatware installed. Every time I disable new ribbon UI (File Explorer) in registry key, it all goes fast enough like my Win 10.
I think there is a bug with new ribbon UI, I had read some report about it on Reddit (but they are all insiders version) and I am not sure if this bug is still in official version.
Looks like you are sorted, hopefully the ribbon is no big deal for you
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware M18 R1
    CPU
    13th Gen Core i9 13900HX
    Memory
    32GB DDR5 @4800MHz 2x16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Geforce RTX 4090HX 16GB
    Sound Card
    Nvidia HD / Realtek ALC3254
    Monitor(s) Displays
    18" QHD+
    Screen Resolution
    25660 X 1600
    Hard Drives
    C: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    D: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    Case
    Dark Metallic Moon
    Keyboard
    Alienware M Series per-key AlienFX RGB
    Mouse
    Alienware AW610M
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton
    Other Info
    Killer E3000 Ethernet Controller
    Killer Killer AX1690 Wi-Fi Network Adaptor Wi-Fi 6E
    Bluetooth 5.2
    Alienware Z01G Graphic Amplifier
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware Area 51m R2
    CPU
    10th Gen i-9 10900 K
    Memory
    32Gb Dual Channel DDR4 @ 8843MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 2080 Super
    Sound Card
    Nvidia
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Hard Drive C: Samsung 2TB SSD PM981a NVMe
    Hard Drive D:Samsung 2TB SSD 970 EVO Plus
    Mouse
    Alienware 610M
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Norton
Yeah! Unfortunately is BIG deal for me (most of my job is working with folders) :rolleyes: ...
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11 Enterprise
    Computer type
    Laptop
    CPU
    i7
    Hard Drives
    SSD
anything laggy is a big deal. Honestly if they want to copy MAC, why not do it smoothly?
 

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  • OS
    windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    I9-11900H
    Motherboard
    Asus
    Memory
    40gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    3060RTX
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1600
    Hard Drives
    980 PRO
    PSU
    230w
    Case
    G603HM
    Cooling
    Stock
    Internet Speed
    1GB Down 40mbit up

You might also try:
Code:
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v "SeparateProcess" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer" /v "DesktopProcess" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 3600 & No fTPM (07/19)
    Motherboard
    MSI B450 TOMAHAWK 7C02v1E & IFX TPM (07/19)
    Memory
    4x 8GB ADATA XPG GAMMIX D10 DDR4 3200MHz CL16
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI Radeon RX 580 ARMOR 8G OC @48FPS (08/19)
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster Z (11/16)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" AOC G2460VQ6 (01/19)
    Screen Resolution
    1920×1080@75Hz & FreeSync (DisplayPort)
    Hard Drives
    ADATA XPG GAMMIX S11 Pro SSD 512GB (07/19)
    PSU
    Seasonic M12II-520 80 Plus Bronze (11/16)
    Case
    Lian Li PC-7NB & 3x Noctua NF-S12A FLX@700rpm (11/16)
    Cooling
    CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U12S@700rpm (07/19)
    Keyboard
    HP Wired Desktop 320K + Rabalux 76017 Parker (01/24)
    Mouse
    Logitech M330 Silent Plus (04/23)
    Internet Speed
    400/40 Mbps via RouterOS (05/21) & TCP Optimizer
    Browser
    Edge with Brave (No FB/Google) & Brave for YouTube & LibreWolf for FB
    Antivirus
    NoAV & Binisoft WFC & NextDNS
    Other Info
    Headphones: Sennheiser RS170 (09/10)
I didn't realise, sorry I cannot be more helpful, not a fix but may help while you investigate try another explorer, there are a lot of free good ones about ( even though I have never used one) try looking at the thread about 10 must have apps
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware M18 R1
    CPU
    13th Gen Core i9 13900HX
    Memory
    32GB DDR5 @4800MHz 2x16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Geforce RTX 4090HX 16GB
    Sound Card
    Nvidia HD / Realtek ALC3254
    Monitor(s) Displays
    18" QHD+
    Screen Resolution
    25660 X 1600
    Hard Drives
    C: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    D: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    Case
    Dark Metallic Moon
    Keyboard
    Alienware M Series per-key AlienFX RGB
    Mouse
    Alienware AW610M
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton
    Other Info
    Killer E3000 Ethernet Controller
    Killer Killer AX1690 Wi-Fi Network Adaptor Wi-Fi 6E
    Bluetooth 5.2
    Alienware Z01G Graphic Amplifier
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware Area 51m R2
    CPU
    10th Gen i-9 10900 K
    Memory
    32Gb Dual Channel DDR4 @ 8843MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 2080 Super
    Sound Card
    Nvidia
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Hard Drive C: Samsung 2TB SSD PM981a NVMe
    Hard Drive D:Samsung 2TB SSD 970 EVO Plus
    Mouse
    Alienware 610M
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Norton
anything laggy is a big deal. Honestly if they want to copy MAC, why not do it smoothly?
100% agree :clap::thumbsup:
A quote from the Great Jobs (Steve) (!): "Good artists copy; Great artists steal" :winkt: (but actually the quote is originally from the Great Picasso :look:

MS didn't do enough good job (copying the UI and UX from MAC!) :yawn:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11 Enterprise
    Computer type
    Laptop
    CPU
    i7
    Hard Drives
    SSD

You might also try:
Code:
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v "SeparateProcess" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer" /v "DesktopProcess" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
Can you explain what exactly it does (this reg hack)? (I think it enables the "Launch folder windows in a separate process" option, if that's it, I have enabled it before but nothing again!).
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11 Enterprise
    Computer type
    Laptop
    CPU
    i7
    Hard Drives
    SSD
I didn't realise, sorry I cannot be more helpful, not a fix but may help while you investigate try another explorer, there are a lot of free good ones about ( even though I have never used one) try looking at the thread about 10 must have apps
Thanks. I know (!) and IMO "Total Commander" is the best one. I just want to keep the Windows more clean and lite (!) and I am trying to use OS native apps to do my jobs instead of installing a new app for every little problem (I have to have fresh OS installation time to time and don't want to install extra app on it, the worst part of the scenario is their settings, most of the apps have no option to export their settings, most of them export part of them and it takes about a day to install a Win with the apps with their settings!).

Recently I heard a lot about "Files", a new modern Win 11-ish explorer to replace the Win 11 native explorer but after installing it has more lag than the original one (Windows native explorer), IMO they did their job as great as they could, its UI and application is GREAT and I uninstalled it because of lack of speed!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11 Enterprise
    Computer type
    Laptop
    CPU
    i7
    Hard Drives
    SSD
my Windows Explorer isn't laggy, but it sure is active ALL THE TIME in the background according to task manager (5-10%). this is even with no file explorer windows open.

Any ideas on how to combat this; I really mostly care because it eats laptop battery. I'm wondering if it's something to do with OneDrive constantly checking things.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 (22H2 22616.1)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360
    CPU
    10th gen i7
    Other Info
    Windows Insider, beta track
"File Explorer" in Win 11 has problem, as they said it has "Memory Leak". My right click has problem in "Explorer" (most of the time it does not work, I have to press right click more than one time). It also brings Win 10 "Ribbon" back automatically!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11 Enterprise
    Computer type
    Laptop
    CPU
    i7
    Hard Drives
    SSD

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