Speed Up Folders with Video Files

January 28, 2008 by
Filed under: PC Speed 

Windows XP has a tight integration between the Windows Explorer and the Windows Media Player. As a result, opening a folder with video files on your computer can be slow. The content of the folder with video files is inspected as a result of the mentioned integration. So depending on the computer performance, browsing video folders will take time.

If you have a lot of video files and your computer is slow when you browse the files, you might want to disable this Windows XP feature. A faster explorer can be accomplished with a registry tweak:

  1. From the Windows Start menu, select Run. In the Run box, type regedit and click OK.
  2. In the Registry Editor, locate the following key:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{87D62D94-71B3-4b9a-9489-5FE6850DC73E}
  3. Right-click the key, and click Rename. Type a minus (-) sign in front of the key, before the ({) sign, and click OK.
  4. Close the Registry Editor. Select Exit from the File menu.

Folders with video files should open faster from now on. If you have a faster computer, for example by upgrading computer hardware, you can undo this change to turn the windows feature back on.

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