On one of my PC's I am running Win98SE and use Windows Explorer as the file management interface. Recently Explorer has started to run increasingly slower the more I use it. So if I am deleting, copying or moving Folders or Files, the more I do this in any one session the slower Explorer runs until it virtually stops. I have tried all the normal things like disk defrag, clearing down files, stopping other applications, but the problem persists. The only way to temporarily resolve the problem is to reboot. Explorer is then useable for about 5 minutes of file management until it grinds slowly to a halt. Any ideas anyone? Michendi
Hi MichelleC. Thanks for your suggestions. 1. Running sfc was a good idea, I had forgotten to do that. Just completed the check, and all is well. So not that. 2. Cache. The cache has remained unchanged for months so it would seem unlikely that changing it would help as WE was running just fine before. 3. BG progs. Perhaps a few too many of them running, but again, the same number that were running when WE was behaving itself.
I suspect that the problem started after a Microsoft security or SP update. But then again, if that was the reason, why has this not been a problem with many users? I am really stumped by this one.
If it's a software issue maybe reinstalling 98 over itself may help, but you'll need to reinstall a few drivers and sort out some settings. If it's a hardware thing try leaving one of the side panels off for a while to see if it's too hot (although pc would reboot as well). Have you added any hardware recently?
MichelleC, thanks for your suggestions. As you will understand reinstalling 98 is not the way I like to spend my weekends! :) Hardware it isn't. The PC runs nice and warm, just what you would expect and I haven't added any hardware. Haven't added any software either. When I add software I always take a "Safe Point" and reboot after installation to ensure that everything still works as expected. I don't do this for MS Critical updates or Service Packs.... perhaps I should :(
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