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Old 05-15-2011, 05:16 PM   #1
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I have a new (one-week old) install of XP/SP2.

The property page dialog of a shortcut takes about fifteen seconds to close if I have clicked the Find Target button and the target is found. Everything else works properly. The only problem is the slow closing of the dialog box. The 15 second time begins when the Find Target button is clicked. Also, this time is additive: if I click the Find Target button more than once, the delay increases (approximately one minute for three clicks).

When the Find Target button is clicked, an Explorer window opens with the proper folder and the delay is not affected by whether the Explorer window is closed or left open. If the target is not found, then the Properties dialog closes immediately, as normal.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-18-2011, 09:22 AM   #2
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A short addition to the problem description:

When Find Target is clicked, the properties dialog box loses keyboard focus for the previously-described delay time. Any suggestions on tools I might use to find the problem? I have used SysInternals Process Explorer and can find nothing strange going on there. I have removed my anti-virus program and stopping unnecessary processes. Still no luck.
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:03 PM   #3
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I found it. The problem occurs when the Explorer's default style is set to "explore" using Folder Options/File Types/Folder. When the default is set to "open" there is no problem.

The problem was not there before I reinstalled XP and allowed all of the updates from Microsoft to be installed. In the previous seven or eight years I've been using this computer - with the default Explorer style set to "explore" - there has been no problem. I can only assume that there is an issue with one of the Windows updates.

Has anyone else run into this with recent updates?

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