I had Vista for just a short time when I had to buy a new computer recently. I had this problem in Vista, and now I am having it in Windows 7. (Before that I had Windows 2000 -- I never used XP.)
Some of my directories have thousands and thousands of files in them. These are directories I use to store business information in. For example, there is a directory that has an HTML file for every product I have ever sold, and there is a directory that has a picture of every product I have ever sold, and a directory that has a thumbnail picture of every product I have ever sold. Starting with Vista, accessing these directories/folders became a very slow process. There are times that I have sat for up to a minute waiting for a folder to open (it doesn't seem to matter which application I am using). I think this is happening because Vista and now Windows 7 collect metadata for each file in the directory (is that right?). If that's the case, is there any way to make Windows 7 behave like Windows 2000 and NOT collect metadata (or whatever it is doing) so that the directories/folders will open faster? Thank you.