How to Fix Slow Windows Explorer

by Amanda Kondolojy

Windows Explorer is the file management tool used by the Windows operating system. It features a drag-and-drop graphical interface that is easy to use. However, it can be frustrating if Windows Explorer is lagging or seems slow. There are several common issues that can cause Windows explorer to run slower than usual, and the steps to fix these issues are moderately easy.


Run an ant-virus scan. The primary reason why Windows Explorer will run slowly is due to a computer virus. If you have a subscription-based program such as McAfee or Norton, run your scan from there. You can also download a free antivirus program such as Avast! or AVG Free. See the Resource section for links to these free programs.


Defragment your hard drive. If you have a lot of content on your hard drive, it may have become fragmented over time, meaning your processor must work harder to access the content. This can often cause a Windows Explorer slowdown. Simply run the defragmenting application under the "System Tools" menu and select "Defragment" when the window pops up.


Delete unnecessary files. The more content your hard drive has on it, the more your processor will be taxed. Delete old, unused files, and use the "Disk Cleanup" utility under "System Tools" to delete temporary files.


Delete shortcuts from the desktop. Although having a few shortcuts on the desktop is an easy way to quickly launch your favorite programs, if you have more than ten, you are wearing down your processor and can make Windows Explorer run slowly.


Remove disks, drives and peripherals. While Windows is actively managing external devices and drives, it will not be able to provide the resources that Windows Explorer needs to run at peak performance.

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