Folder opening time in Windows: reasons for freezing and acceleration methods

The well-known and widely criticized company Microsoft is trying to maximally “transplant” users of the Windows operating system to the latest current version, which received the number “10”, which also caused a certain stream of jokes about the arithmetic knowledge of most modern companies. In some issues, including those that directly relate to the imperfections of the Windows 10 operating system, the criticism is quite justified, but for the most part all the negative reviews about poor optimization and speed of operation do not correspond to reality. Who would not say, but Windows 10 with a certain and competent approach to its individualization can even rehabilitate the "snail" and give it the opportunity to continue to function normally. It should be understood that the mentioned operating system is optimized properly, but most of the problems manifest themselves due to the misunderstanding of Microsoft and its users. One such fact of mutual misunderstanding will be discussed in this article.

Ways to speed up the process of opening folders in Windows 10.

Causes and Solutions

Many users of the Windows 10 operating system, especially those who have switched to the new version, point out that they are facing excessively high timing of loading and opening the explorer and individual folders. In fairness it should be noted that the same problem, only in smaller volumes, was in previous versions. Why is this happening, and who is to blame? The answer is simple, but quite unexpected for many - users are to blame! At least according to the version of Microsoft itself. And that's why. The operation of the Windows 10 operating system can be incredibly individualized, there are a huge number of various built-in custom functions (legal) and an even greater number is implemented using third-party software.

But it is worth wondering how many users after installing / updating Windows are trying to figure out what is new in the system and how to use it correctly. In most cases, all further actions after installation / upgrade are reduced to one process - entertainment (games, movies, programs, etc.). For example, if you are reading this article, answer yourself a rather important question: "How do you sort the files and folders that you have on your computer." Do you put video files in the intended for this directory, documents in your, music in your and so on. Did you discover their properties and did you get acquainted with the structure of their work?

About 90% will answer that everything they download is placed in one folder, for example, in “Downloads”, where separate directories are created, in which some sorting is done. This is how Microsoft looks at this question. Creating your operating system, from the very first moments it was thought that all users will adhere to the established process of sorting all files based on 4 types:

  1. Video.
  2. Audio.
  3. Picture.
  4. Documents.

For each type of files, a catalog should be created (or used), which will be optimized specifically for the same type of content. And it is precisely because of this misunderstanding that there are problems with the long opening of the folder in Windows 10. The whole essence of the question lies in the “Automatic Folder Type Discovery” function, which is responsible for analyzing the files in the folder for later display to the user in most convenient for him. For example, opening a folder that is “sharpened” for working with video, the user is provided with a thumbnail with a frame and indicates the name, date, type, size and its duration. But if there are other file types in this folder, the system will have to spend more time analyzing and issuing, as a result, the display / open time of the folder takes a longer time. It is this situation that leads to the formation of the problems considered in this article.


Variants of solutions suggest themselves. The first option is to maintain the stipulated sorting order with placing a certain type of files in its folder, whose work will be optimized accordingly. This is achieved through the following actions:

  • Open a property of a directory, for example, Movies.
  • Click the "Settings" tab.
  • Pay attention to the block “What type of folder do you need?” And from the four options presented choose “Video”.
  • Check the box in the "Apply the same template to all subfolders" and click "Apply" - "OK".

By analogy, you should configure and all other directories and maintain a similar sorting procedure in the future. This will minimize the time to display the content and in general the work of "Explorer".

The second method is for those who use the same directory for all file types. The order of adjustment looks the same way, only when selecting the optimizer template, you should install “Common Elements” and apply them to the entire content.

And that is all. As you can see, there is nothing difficult in it, it is worth spending only a few tens of minutes to “clean up” and the performance of the functions of the Windows 10 operating system may surprise you. The main thing is to maintain this sorting procedure in the future.


At the end of the consideration of the topic of this article should return to the above-mentioned criticism. This criticism and, perhaps, harsh words that could somehow be taken as personal insults were not aimed at it. They were said with one goal: to demonstrate that you should not blame the developers immediately if you are faced with a problem. First you need to decide what became the prerequisite for its occurrence. The concept of "causation" in computer matters plays a key role.