Jump to content

Welcome to Geeks to Go - Register now for FREE

Geeks To Go is a helpful hub, where thousands of volunteer geeks quickly serve friendly answers and support. Check out the forums and get free advice from the experts. Register now to gain access to all of our features, it's FREE and only takes one minute. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more.

Create Account How it Works
Photo

Two Vista questions from a new Vista user


  • Please log in to reply

#1
diggeryo

diggeryo

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 350 posts
Hi,

I installed Vista about a week ago for the first time. I have SP1 installed as well as all of the other updates. There are some things I like about it and some things I hate about it. I've found tips or tricks to get around some of things I don't like, except for the following.

1. If I have a Windows Explorer window open (using "details" view) and place a new file into that folder (either by copying it or by downloading it to that location), my Explorer window automatically sorts the file contents of the window by whatever option I have selected (i.e. file size, file name, date modified, etc.). Is there any way to mimick the behavior of an XP Windows Explorer window, where any new file added to the folder would just stay at the bottom of the list (until either manually sorted, or the window was closed and reopened)?

2. I have multiple folders on my computer with pictures and movies of past vacations. Most, if not all, of the pictures are JPEGs, but the movie folders contain a variety of formats (mpg, avi, wmv, etc.). I have these folders set to show thumbnails any time their Explorer window is open. It seems, however, that almost everytime I go into these folders, I have to wait a certain amount of time for the thumbnails to load. Sometimes it's just a second or two; othertimes, it can be as long as 10 seconds. It doesn't seem to matter whether the folder contains 5 files or 50 files.

I recall with XP that the firt time a folder was opened, it might take that long to show the thumbnails, but then any subsequent time, it would load the thumbnails quickly (if I remember correctly, XP would save a file thumbs.db to each folder). Is there anyway to speed up the showing of thumbnails in Vista Explorer windows?

thank you,
mike.
  • 0

Advertisements


#2
Neil Jones

Neil Jones

    Member 5k

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 8,476 posts
1) This is a feature of Vista. If you make the file yourself and rename it yourself, it doesn't get sorted. If you drag something else into the window, it will get sorted. You should be able to sort the entire list by the Date column in reverse order so the newest stuff appears at the top.

2) Your best bet would be as a temporary measure to move all of the videos out of the folder in question and see if the hanging stops. Since video files can be so incredibly huge it takes longer to process them. According to Google searches this is a known problem with Vista that only seems to occur when you go into that folder for the first time since loading. Second and subsequent times there is no delay, until you restart the computer.
  • 0

#3
diggeryo

diggeryo

    Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 350 posts
Thanks for the info and your suggestion. I will give it a shot.
  • 0






Similar Topics

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

As Featured On:

Microsoft Yahoo BBC MSN PC Magazine Washington Post HP