Fix slow opening of my computer in Windows and delayed contents display.

November 11, 200771 Comments
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If you are encountering the one of the most common problem of slow opening of my computer in windows xp and contents of my computer as a result display very lately then you will be surprised to know that your computer is not old or slow but there is simple fix to this problem.

Why Does My computer opens slowly ?

The main reason behind is the default option being checked in windows xp to search for network drives and printers every time you open my computer and there may be network drives which are being accessed when you open my computer.

How to Speed up My Computer Opening

1. Open My computer>>File Menu>>Tools>>Folder Options >>View

2. Uncheck the first checkbox which says “Automatically search for Network folders and printers

3. You can also simply Disconnect the Map drives to solve this issue,

Go to Tools>>Disconnect the Map Drives(Network Drives) and select the network drive to disconnect.

Updated on 27 May 2008: 

As suggested by one of the reader Zamora525 another reason behind slow opening of your my computer may be due to a windows service called ‘windows image acuisitions (WIA)’ – Provides image acquisition services for scanners and cameras.

You need to stop it by the commands given below.

1. Open Start >> Run or press window+r

2. type net stop “Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)”

You can also disable the service by following the procedure given below

1. Open Start >> Run or press window+r

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2. type services.msc and press enter

3. Now locate the Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) among the services and right click on it to select  properties.

Now Stop the service if it is already running by clicking the stop button and select the startup type for the service as disabled. (as shown in the image below)

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Thanks Zamora525

Note: If still after doing these things your my computer opens slow please leave a comment here, I will help you in that case.

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  1. Rohit says:

    Hi Abhi Please also provide the snap-shots for such settings as it makes the understanding really fast. Nice article. :)

  2. coolsurf says:

    it is still slow…..

  3. abhishek says:

    it could be due to hp all in one printer settings…do let me knw if u have a printer connected or if ur system is on local lan.

  4. Nirmal says:

    This may not be always because of network settings, are you sure this is the only reason?

  5. abhishek says:

    well you are right but this idea works with charm in most of the case so why not give a try.

  6. Krrish says:

    Hi Abhi, Thanks for these tips,and i want to share my problem like when i m opening my Laptop mt ltop found new hardware printer even i never connected with my ltop. please help me to resolve this prob

  7. Gary says:

    Hi Abhi, My computer sometimes takes as much as 15 to 20 seconds to open My Computer. I tried the suggestions you had for detecting network drives and that did not work. I do have an HP2860 All In One. Could a setting or something with that printer be causing this. Please let me know if you have any ideas

  8. Ashfame says:

    Nice trick buddy. Implemented on my desktop.

  9. PatrickHenryPDX says:

    Hi, your tip appears to have solved my problem – thanks. FYI, I am on a laptop that goes back and forth from work to home. At work, everything is fine. At home, however, My Computer takes forever to display the contents, particularly if I am not connected via VPN. I used both of the fixes described above, but it appears that un-mapping the network drives was the primary cure. Thanks again.

  10. Stephen Johnson says:

    I have a end user that it takes 2 minutes to open My Computer! Connected or not to the network it is the same, I unchecked the search for folders and printers option, he uses the network drives, check for viruses, none found, removed the CD/DVD drive, still the same. This is on windows XP, SP2. Any ideas?

  11. beekaye says:

    I need to know why when I try to go to the You Tube website, explorer closes with a window that says you tube is banned, not by the administrator, guess who? I can’t get on it, can anyone help?

  12. Sushil says:

    I have unchecked Automatically search for Network folders and printers” but still i facing same problem.

  13. Hashir Tasleem says:

    try to stop the Windows Image Acquisition from services and change the startup type to manual for the same service

  14. William says:

    I tried what was suggested with no luck. When I open up my computer it looks like its looking for network drives like you say. It takes forever to load and when it finally does it no longer has those lines that use to seperate things like cd drives and hard drives. I have a fresh install and only had this problem after I did all the updates. However I’m not sure what update caused the problem. Any help would be appreciated.

  15. Eay says:

    When I double click the ‘My Computer’ icon, it opens up pretty fast but takes some time to display the info in My Computer folder (the torchligh icons appears as if it’s searching for something). While it’s doing the searching, if I click ‘my documents’, the file info in my documents folder will appear immediately. However, when I click back the ‘My computer’ folder, it’s searching again and will take sometime to display the file/disk info. I’ve tried disconneting the network drive as you suggested, but it didnt work … appreciate your help .. Thanks ..

  16. nayyar says:

    dear my toshiba u300 is still facing the same problem i have tried all the mentioned above triks but still same problem persists……further more i have removed all the spy bots by using the bot remover software also …i didnt even install a single software on my system but sitll its slow while on the same machine i have windows vista ( dual boot ) but its working like dreams…. any idea…. !! specially abhi please do suggest some ting…….my system is just freshly installed by my self by slip streaming…my own xp CD

  17. tata says:

    Only Zamora525′s tip worked…nothing else worked…also u need to disable ‘automatic’ function in properties for ‘windows image acuisitions (WIA)’ otherwise it will restart on closing the window and now ‘my computer’ opens fast…like instantly….thanks Zamora525.

  18. dim says:

    The second half of the Zamora tip works: go to services, stop the WIA and set it’s startup to disabled. The ‘net stop …’ command didn’t work for me ( probably stopped the service but it immediatly started itself again when i opened a new “my computer” ). Eternal thanks!

  19. Ganesh Satonkar says:

    Dear Sir, I am using win xp and when i connect to network files on my desktop or in my computer like pdf or open office files opens very slowly but when i disabled the network connection it opens faster. pls provide the solution

  20. abhishek says:

    @Ganesh Satonkar – when you enable your network connection your network drives enumerates them selves by connecting to the network resources. this is a windows issue will let you know if i found a solution for this.

  21. Zamora525 says:

    Always greatful to help!

  22. Nigel says:

    I wonder if this might help my problem that’s only occured in the past week or 2. Suddenly opening My Computer (where you see all your drives and space free) is slow, takes upto 5 seconds to show. On SATA/300mb’s and a Quad Core surely this shouldn’t happen at all, and if so it’d happen from the moment I installed Vista right? Not suddenly within the last few weeks.

  23. Dave Thompson says:

    Worked! Thanks for the tip.

  24. peter says:

    Windows Live Messenger was the culprit in my case. Uninstall it…..

  25. Don says:

    “My Computer” will open slowly if a drive is going bad. One day you’ll notice your drive is dead. Replace it and all will be well.

  26. Murugan says:

    programs are opening slow, when lan is disabled but if disable lan the programs opens fast, i have installed kaspersky antivirus and checked for the virus but no infection is there. any solutions pls mail me to my e-mail id

  27. Wendy says:

    please help me…. very urgent. programs/files are opening slowly when connected in a network. But if you unplugged the cable, the program/files works so fast. I have a symantec anti-virus connected in my laptop…. thanks….

  28. WiccaMan says:

    My system was running great until I upgraded ZoneAlarmSecuritySuite version 8. NOW VSMON.EXE is hogging resources like there is no tomorrow….any help with this one??

  29. Trutxn78 says:

    When I double click the ‘My Computer’ icon, it opens up pretty fast but takes some time to display the info in My Computer folder (the torchligh icons appears as if it’s searching for something). While it’s doing the searching, if I click ‘my documents’, the file info in my documents folder will appear immediately. However, when I click back the ‘My computer’ folder, it’s searching again and will take sometime to display the file/disk info. Sometimes after the flashlight stops its just a empy box like there are no drives on my comp I’ve tried disconneting the network drive as you suggested, but it didnt work … appreciate your help .. Thanks .

  30. Joe Sebastian says:

    Zamora525 OR ANYONE ELSE THAT CAN HELP ME ! My email address is: ambitious_1@hotmail.com I’m also having trouble with the “My Computer” icon showing available drive content (takes about 3 minutes form the time I double click it)… I see the comments about disabling WIA but I’m concerned abou that screwing up the function on my all-in-one printer/scanner device. Can anyone comment on that for me? Will disabling WIA also disable or impede my HP Photosmart C7250 All-in-One Printer/scanner/fax/copier from functioning properly?? Thanks so much… Joe

  31. David 73 says:

    Hi everybody, i got problem to open the document very slow. It should be the user account corrupted. Try to create new user account then log on new user account and try to open the folder or document see it’s working faster or not.I solved my problem by changing user account. Good Luck to all of you.

  32. David 73 says:

    It works only for those who have programs/files are opening slowly when connected in a network. But if you unplugged the cable, the program/files works so fast.Hopefully it solves others problem too

  33. Adam says:

    This truly saved me. Thanks for the insight on this issue. Now I can deal with the more important issues.

  34. Big Daddy says:

    You were spot-on with the fix for slow openings. Thanks a bunch!

  35. tim leroy says:

    Thank you – Correcting “My Computer” slow opening!

  36. John C says:

    “worked great” I wasn’t really concerned with opening times but came across this info while browsing. I do this for a living and have never in all my courses and tests for certifications seen this info I applied it to my home desktop to try it and wow. I would say to users that still have this issue after appling these steps to keep searching there are many processes that will cause this type of behavior. You might just go through each one and look it up to see what it does and if you don’t need it to start automatically set to manual if yo don’t need it disable it. Thanks

  37. Don says:

    Tried above tips. My computer still slow or won’t open

  38. Jeremy says:

    Kudos to Zamora! I began having this problem after installing a new DVD-ROM drive. Her fix got me back to normal.

  39. keng says:

    thanks ,i have samed problem and i could sove it aready

  40. Tejinder Dutta says:

    Our knowledge about computers is low. Our computer opening and working is very slow. Even internet running is also very slow and frequently remains hanged.Even while typing in MS-Word letters/sentences appear after a gap of time on punching the keys.Please help. Another serious problem. By bad luck, we had downloaded ‘Uniblue Registry Booster 2009′. This programme is scanning and advising ‘to purchase full version on line’. We donot have financial resources to purchase. We have deleted the programme from desk top and recycle-bin. But programme-icon is forcibly existing on right-hand side of Start-button-Bar and remains repeatedly scanning forcibly, repeatedly forcing to purchase.It is not getting deleated from Start-button-Bar. Please help to get rid-of this undesirable-programme. Please help.

  41. Nerin Amalraj says:

    As given by the above steps I did made the changes. But still while Right clicking My Computer and Selecting Properties. It opens very slowly..Guide me what should I do..

  42. latearrival says:

    Disabling windows image acuisitions (WIA) as per Zamora525′s advice worked for me. It also stopped a whole heap of ‘svchost’ error messages from popping up all the time. Thank you Zamora525!

  43. kewal Anand says:

    dear Sir when i am connect my laptop with ethernet cable and open in my computer its containt very delay. could you give me the soultion for this problem.

  44. vaporize says:

    only disabling the service “Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)” worked for me cause it restarts when you open “my computer” again. Now it opens instantly…..BUT WHY?????? and can it be left disabled?

  45. vaporize says:

    Another thing there is an artical published by Microsoft….. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;819017 basically the same idea but names certain hardware that might be at fault as well…Still im left with disabling the WIA service.

  46. David says:

    Hi I have done what u suggested to fix the slow opening of pic and files I did fix the problem by disconecting from my modem but i need that so what else is causing a slow open 30 sec delay. Im running XP x86 Family 15 Model 107 Stepping 2 Speed: 2611 MHz 5.1.2600 Service Pack: 3.0 M61PM-S2 BIOS Version: Award Software International, Inc. Beta F9c 3 GB memory Total Capacity: 149.04 GB thanks for being here David

  47. William says:

    Hell yeah !!! Thank you so much for this. In my case it was the “Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)” thing. I had lost my hopes to fix this, was thinking that the only solution would be a restart. The strangest thing is that the problem suddenly starts with no aparent reasons. I’m using the same config for like a year, didnt touch anything, and out of nothing this issue starts, its really a pain, everything you do, even when you click the “Show Desktop” icon there’s a 3 seconds delay, doesnt look much but it sure is VERY annoying. Thanks again brother., keep it up!

  48. alexh says:

    FYI, After reading the entry on HP all in one printer, I decided to take a look into it. I do have an all-in-one printer and looking at all of the available printers from “Printers and Faxes” folder, there is one printer called “HP Remote Printers”. I tried setting it to “Use Printer Offline” and it seems to work for me. “My Computer” folder no longer takes a long time to open and display all of its contents.

  49. Joseph says:

    My computer also slows down due to the things it needs to display inside it. To speed it up more, dont show the documents folders of the users and the control panel.

  50. sadiq says:

    amazing my problem is solved …………….thx to u guys

  51. Areacode215 says:

    Thank you very very much. Disabling “Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)” worked perfect. I still have no idea how this happened to begin with. I have not changed or added anything at all and all of the suddon last week I began to have this problem. Anyway Problem solved thanks to you. =)

  52. nioan says:

    hi guys , i discovered the root of the problem at least on my PC it was a stupid pc VIRUS – Troyan Horse called : wwwpos32.exe it was on my startup folder fix: i had to boot (use F8 while initiating your pc ) on safe mode command promt then at command promt u might need some basic old DOS commands like cd and del and dir type /h after each of these commands to find out more examples: cd programs cd start up to get in the directory that wwwpos32.exe is found then command del : del wwwpos32.exe the above last line will delete the stupid thing ( i then did control alt delete and turned off pc ) or simply restart pc and things are smooth , tc

  53. nian says:

    hi guys , i discovered the root of the problem at least on my PC it was a stupid pc VIRUS – Troyan Horse called : wwwpos32.exe it was on my startup folder fix: i had to boot (use F8 while initiating your pc ) on safe mode command promt then at command promt u might need some basic old DOS commands like cd and del and dir type /h after each of these commands to find out more examples: cd programs cd start up to get in the directory that wwwpos32.exe is found then command del : del wwwpos32.exe the above last line will delete the stupid thing ( i then did control alt delete and turned off pc ) or simply restart pc and things are smooth , tc

  54. Ratnamraju says:

    i have same problem recently i have install xp in my system, there is lot of free space and no temp files, but i install avast antivirus, still my computer content geting very very slow after get the content it will work normal condition again when i have try to open mycomputer the my computer content was getting very slow. please solve my problem

  55. Taizo says:

    It literally took five minutes just to get to step one it was so slow.

  56. prabhu says:

    Hi abishek i tried all of your steps that was given in your post but still my computer opens slowly it takes 30-40 seconds. iam using windows xp professional(sp3) . please help me iam looking forward for a solution from you. Thank you

  57. guy says:

    THANKS! FIXED MY PROBLEM :D

  58. pablo says:

    you must be living in China..lol

  59. Loco says:

    It worked like a charm. Thank you guys!

  60. prem says:

    Hi , after doing all these still im getting this problem.. actually i installed picasa application in E: drive. after that this problem came.. i uninstalled that app. but still same issue… please help me

  61. Dror says:

    Hey, I just googled my problem, and got to this page. I followed the steps here and it solved “my computer” delayed display. Thanks a lot.

  62. sumit says:

    Hi my computer is working very slow after installing window xp my computer is hcl 2009 brand.

  63. Mani says:

    My computer svhost.exe take lot of memory.My commit charge high 900/1000 mB

  64. kmleong says:

    Hi, it works BUT my WIA services restart itself everytime i open a folder I stop the WIA services amd even DISABLE it under profile but still it restart itself, Where do I go wrong? Do I have to restart Windows for it to work?

  65. greentech07 says:

    pc starting slow or speed up pc Clean Windows Registry : Defragment your PC to increase computer speed: Add more RAM to Speed up your computer Clear Cache, history and temporary internet files Turn off unnecessary programs from start up: Have low intensity graphics Uninstall unused software and programs Please remember to clean Windows registry using registry cleaner reg in out The above guidelines were really helpful to speed up my computer. These are safe and do impact computer performance in a positive way.

  66. Spot says:

    Disabling the WIA did it for me – Thks!

  67. Fahad says:

    Copy your profile data and create new profile because profile virus infected, if create new profile and restore own data.

  68. sudheer says:

    it worked for me. thanks dude

  69. Aniket says:

    I did both the things. But its still slow…. I dont have any printer connectd.

  70. fanaudi says:

    Zamora525′s tip was the solution for me . Disabling Acronis True Image solved my issue . Many thanks !

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