Immediately after the first in a series of images has finished displaying on the screen, Windows Photo Gallery loads the next image. This process is also known as precaching. If the next image is a multipage TIFF file, Windows Photo Gallery processes the complete file. This process may take a while and use too many system resources, depending on the size of the TIFF file. This behavior causes slow system performance and a significant increase in the memory usage of the computer.
Diagnose and fix the problem automatically
The Windows Photo and Slideshow Problems troubleshooter may automatically fix the problem described in this article.
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To fix this problem, you have to disable precaching in Windows Photo Gallery. To do this, follow these steps:
Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
Note If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.
Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
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