Microsoft isn’t the best at learning what you like to do with your files. In fact, come to think about it, no computer is really good at this. Sure you can use scripts to tell the computer to accomplish certain tasks in certain ways, but for the average user this just isn’t practical. Take the downloads folder in Windows for instance. This folder is used for all and sundry that you coose to grab of the net, right? But it can become weighed down a little and end up sluggish. Is the Downloads folder in your version of Windows 7 responding slowly?  Try this quick fix!

Windows systemises folders based on the types of files that it ‘thinks’ will be stocked there.  Windows 7 often categorises the Downloads folder for storing photos.  This results in thumbnails being created for all files in the Downloads folder, thus causing a slowdown in opening time.  You simply have to tell Windows that the Downloads folder is for general purposes.  How do you do this?

  • Open Start menu
  • Click the user account name in the upper part of the right pane
  • In the Explorer window that opens, right-click the Downloads folder
  • Select “Properties”
  • Select the tab “Customise”
  • Under “Optimise this folder for:” open the drop-down menu, as shown in the figure below
  • Choose “General items”
  • Click “OK”
  • Close the Properties dialog
  • Downloads properties

You can basically use this procedure for any other folder you want to change.  If you have a folder that consists of a mix of photos and other items, simply customise the folder for general items.

Although you have customised your folder now, you may still have to do it over again as Windows can sometime ‘forget’ your designated folder.  Simply follow the procedure above a second time and hopefully, Windows will save your changes.

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SOURCE: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-fix-very-slow-windows-7-downloads-folder.htm