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Hello,

All of the images that I have saved to my computer are extremely slow to open. The folders containing these images are also slow to open. I'm talking 30 seconds to a minute to open a folder with a single file, and up to several minutes to open a folder containing, say, 20 images. Another thing I have noticed is that if I try to right-click these images to open up different options (such as renaming them or deleting them) it takes like 20 seconds for that menu to pop up. This does not happen with any other type of files on my computer, and happens with all types of image files (.jpg, .gif, etc., everything). I've run virus scans and I've deleted anything that has showed up. I'm wondering if maybe in the past I deleted some file that was used to open the files quickly...I honestly have no clue, but in the past they all opened instantly.

All pictures on internet sites (facebook, myspace, everything) open instantly. Also, when I plug in my digital camera to look at pictures it takes several minutes to open those folders as well.

Any ideas?

P.S. I have already run defrags and restored my system to earlier dates. Neither worked.

Thanks!
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Go Start>Run, type in:
cmd
Click OK.

At command prompt, type:
regsvr32 /u shimgvw.dll (<-----watch for "space" after "regsvr32", and "/u")
Press Enter.

Restart computer.

Edited by Broni, 26 June 2009 - 06:58 PM.

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Okay so this looks like it may be the problem. When I run this command a window pops up which reads:


** LoadLibrary("shimgvw.dll")failed - The specified module could not be found **

I did a search on my computer and the file is located in "C:\WINDOWS\system32", as it should be I'm assuming.

So what now? :)

And thanks for taking the time to look at this Broni
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You sure, spelling, and spacing was correct in that command?
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Yep I did it exactly as you said, several times.
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Go Start>Run ("Start Search" in Vista), type in:
sfc /scannow
Click OK (hold CTRL, and SHIFT, hit Enter in Vista).
Have Windows CD/DVD handy.
If System File Checker (sfc) will find any errors, it may ask you for the CD/DVD (rarely in Vista case).
If sfc won't find any errors in Windows XP, it'll simply quit, without any message.
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Well, it did say that I was missing some files. Unfortunately I'm on a Sony Viao that came with a pre-installed windows XP and there was no cd that came with it...just recovery cds, which it won't accept. SO, I guess I'll go buy an external hard drive and save all of my files to it, and then run the recovery cds and get this bad boy back to new.

*sigh*

thanks for the help
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Did you install IE 8? Apparently it is causing applications to load very slowly if you depend on the file associations to start up the app. We had a guy at work complaining that opening Excel spreadsheets took like 30 seconds when he double-clicked them but was normal if he opened Excel and did a File|Open. Turned out to be IE 8. Try uninstalling it from Add/Remove programs by Start->Run and type appwiz.cpl
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Hey Perplexus,

No I don't have IE 8. I have IE 7 though. I just uninstalled that and restarted the computer and it didn't help.

I think I'm just screwed. Let me just make sure of something though...
The recovery cds that came with my sony vaio should have windows XP on them somewhere and should reinstall it right?
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Yes, but you have to back up your data, first.
With restoration CD, all will be lost.
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Yea that's what I'm gonna do. Gonna go get an external hard drive tomorrow and put everything on it (could use one anyway).

Aight, well thank you both for helping out. Really appreciate it.

Take care
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Sure thing :)
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Try to borrow an XP cd of the same flavor (home or Pro) and then run the sfc /scannow.
It needs to be an install CD and not the recovery CD. And it is perfectly legal do borrow a CD because you are not installing. It will not ask for the key either.
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Oh, awesome. That would be most convenient. I figured it would have asked for a key.

Thanks 123 Runner!
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