Why is windows explorer sluggish after file transfer?


During the last few weeks, I have been striving to back up a lot of files from Windows Explorer onto recordable CD's. There's no problem with the transfer process, but as I continue to work, my Windows Explorer becomes more and more sluggish in refreshing itself after I've transferred a file. I cannot figure out what's causing this. I always have to reboot and continue from there until it starts becoming sluggish once more....the process repeats itself (reboot, etc.).

I'm very fastiduous about Windows 98SE maintenance (SCANDISK, DEFRAG, System Clean-Up, etc. etc.) so I know that probaly isn't the answer.

Any ideas on what may be causing this and what I can do to remidy it?

Thank you,

Bobby C.


This question was answered on February 21, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Try this:

Download power toys from Microsoft and activate Tweak UI, turn off smooth scrolling, all window animation, deactivate MS scheduler, these all slow things down Look in your startup folder, make sure you are not loading any unneccasary files Also make sure your motherboard has support in its BIOS for Ultra DMA hard drives, you may not be getting the most out of your system.

Also try this,



type in winfile (This is the old file manager for windows)

see if the speed is the same.




type in sfc

scan for altered files

Have your win98 cd ready.

Also run scandisk, defrag and deleted your temporary internet files.

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Posted by Enyenihi of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 21, 2003