File Explorer is Working Very Slow – SOLVED

The File Explorer is one of the most useful utilities on a computer running Windows. It is basically used to copy, move, and edit files and it plays a big part in the Windows operating systems. But after upgrading from an older version of Windows to Windows 10, many users started experiencing an issue of File Explorer is Working very slow.

It means when you are trying to open a location on the Explorer, it shows up Working on it… with the green animation bar moving very slowly while loading the contents of that folder.

However, there are lots of solutions for the File Explorer Slow Working issue. In this very article, we are going to show you some methods by which you can fix the “working on it” problem on your own.

File Explorer Slow Working
File Explorer Slow Working

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How to Fix File Explorer Slow Working issue?

Rebuild File Explorer Indexing Service

Windows 10 has an Indexing service created to improve search performance. If your computers File Explorer is stuck on “working on it…“, then rebuilding the index might fix the issue. Follow all the steps:

1) Go to Control Panel, and then search for Indexing Options and then click on it.

File Explorer is Working Very Slow
Indexing Option

2) After that when the Indexing Options window appears, click on the “Advanced” button as shown below.

File Explorer is Working Very Slow
Indexing Option Advance

3) When the Advanced Options window appears, click on the Rebuild option. Then, click OK to save the changes.

File Explorer is Working Very Slow
Advance Rebuild

Disable Cortana

To fix the slow working of the file explorer problem, users suggest disabling Cortana. This is simple and you can do it by following these steps:

1) First press Windows key + R using your keyboard and then type Regedit. Click on the OK button or press Enter.

Run regedit

2) When Registry Editor opens up, look to the left and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Policies/Microsoft/Windows/Windows Search.

When the Windows Search Key opens up, right-click the white space on the right pane and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Registry Editor
Registry Editor

3) Now, Enter AllowCortana as the name of the new DWORD. Then, Double click AllowCortana DWORD and set its Value data to 0. Finally, Click OK to save changes. Finally, Close the Registry Editor and then restart your computer.

Windows 10 allow cortana
Windows 10 allow Cortana

Restart File Explorer

If your Windows 10 PC File Explorer is sometimes running slow, you might be able to temporarily fix the problem by restarting the File Explorer. To restart File Explorer, do the following:

1) Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc using your keyboard. to open Windows Task Manager.

2) In Task Manager, locate Windows Explorer under the “Processes” tab.

3) Right-click on Windows Explorer and then select option Restart. The File Explorer will then restart and it should work correctly.

Task Manager
Task Manager

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Change Folder Optimization Settings

Windows 10 frequently optimizes all the folders in the background and that can be the reason for poor File Explorer performance. If you are having problems with File Explorer when trying to access a particular folder, you might want to change that folder’s optimization settings.

This is a simple process and you can do it by following these steps:

1) Right-click the folder that’s slowing down File Explorer. Choose Properties from the menu.

2) Go to the Customize tab.

3) Set Optimize this folder for to “General items“. If this value is already set, select any other value from the list. After that, switch it back to General items.

4) Check Also apply this template to all subfolders.

5) Click Apply and OK to save changes.

Folder Optimization
Folder Optimization

If this problem occurs with multiple folders, repeat this solution for every affected folder.

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Disable File Explorer Search Service

Windows 10 runs various sorts of services in the background to provide a better performance, but sometimes certain services can cause problems. If your computer’s File Explorer is working very slow, that might be due to the Windows Search service.

1) First, press Windows key + R and then type services.msc.

Windows 10 run

2) When the Services screen opens up, find the Windows Search option and then double click on it.

Windows 10 services
Windows 10 services

3) The Properties window will then open up. Set “Startup type to Disabled. If the service status is running, click the Stop button to stop it.

Windows 10 Search Properties
Windows 10 Search Properties

4) Finally, click on the Apply button and OK to save the changes.

Disable File Explorer Quick Access option

Windows 10 Quick access list is used to navigate to a certain folder quickly. However, a few users reported that certain folders in the Quick access list are causing File Explorer to become slow.

1) Open the Control Panel and then click on File Explorer Options.

2) Navigate to General tab and then change Open File Explorer to This PC

3) Finally, click on the Apply button and OK to save the changes.

Windows 10 File Explorer Options
Windows 10 File Explorer Options

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