Opening a Folder Takes a Long Time

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When you open a folder in Microsoft Explorer on a drive using the FAT32 file system, one or both of the following symptoms may occur:
  • It may seem to take an unusually long time before the window is accessible.
  • The Working in Background pointer may appear for a long time.


The total space used by all directory entries in the folder exceeds 32K.


To resolve this issue, move some files to a different folder.


Microsoft is researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.


Microsoft Explorer parses the directory entries in the FAT completely before displaying the files.


Article ID: 153114 - Last Review: January 19, 2007 - Revision: 1.3
  • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows 95
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