Why is the Windows Explorer so slow and doesn’t show folder icons?

Shaikh Mohmmad Ayaz April 13, 2011

When I open the explorer then a slow green bar loads. It takes a long time to show the drives. When I then go to a specific drive, the folder icon is not shown, only name is shown. In that I have many music and video files! I use Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit.

  1. Girloncanvas
    December 1, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Fidelis' second answer worked for me, I was having the same issue even after restarting my computer

  2. Tina
    April 17, 2011 at 11:07 pm


    were you able to fix your Internet Explorer? Please let us know in case you need more help or information. Thank you!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:26 am

    Hello, do you know if windows indexing services are on? On windows 7, this is known as windows search. In order for you to try and disable Windows Search service you can use msconfig. To do so, follow the next steps:

    -- click on start
    -- type msconfig on search bar
    -- on menu, select services
    -- find and highlight windows search
    -- right click on highlighted entry and select disable

    Or, you could also do the following:
    -- start
    -- type services on search bar
    -- find and highlight windows search
    -- right click on highlighted entry and select disable

    With regards to your icons, try to organize them for icons instead of names. You can use the folder options to change the way your folder look. To do so, visit the following link:


    Also, you might want to try turning windows explorer off and then on. It might reset your explorer. If you turn the explorer.exe off, you will loose your desktop icons and task bar. Do not be afraid, it is easy to solve.

    -- right click on taskbar
    -- select task manager
    -- on menu, select processes
    -- find explorer.exe
    -- highlight entry and right click
    -- select End Process

    To turn it back on, do the following
    -- click on ctrl + alt + delete keys at the same time or ctrl + shift + Esc
    -- on menu, click on File
    -- select new task
    -- on box that pops up, type explorer.exe
    -- click on ok

  4. Anonymous
    April 13, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    My guess will be to insert windows 7 cd and try the repair function

    other than this try Microsoft Fixit