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Rhetorical tech question and grousing, but answer if you want...
Why, oh why, does it take so long to delete files on Windows? I've had it take an annoyingly long time to delete a couple of empty folders (about 10 seconds, but given the amount of work, that's annoyingly long).

I could accept "It doesn't really delete things, but copies them to the recycle bin, and that takes time for large files" argument if it didn't take a bloody long time to delete a folder tree with no files. Or took longer to delete than to copy. Or take a bloody long time to empty the recycle bin. Or otherwise show a bit of losing in the process.

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It is not the actual deletion that is taking so long. It is the update to the operating system and pointers for the file system. If you don't like it use a Mac.

I had to say that.


It's because Windows sucks moose dick. I hate to give such a technical answer, but it is what it is.

how long has it been since you last rebooted? Windows is full of "memory leaks", and the longer the system is up without a reboot, the more crap there is just lying around chewing up resources. a simple "warm" reboot is good, but better yet would be to shut things down completely, wait 30 seconds, then re-start. i can almost guarantee that everything will work faster after you do that.

A warm reboot will completely clean up memory leaks. The only benefit to cold reboot is hardware issues.

i have done warm reboots and found programs still running after the reboot, when they should have shut down and re-started along with Windows itself - things like a freeware time-zone utility, which normally needs to have the local time entered on startup, still using the settings from the last time... or even sometimes part of SpyBot S&D. that's why i consider a cold boot a way to ensure that everything gets reset.

Programs are not retained in memory over any sort of reboot. It's likely those programs saved state and restored it on being started again. Given a short enough time, perhaps things like your time utility felt that it was safe to accept the saved status instead.

I state again, a warm reboot is sufficient unless you are having a hardware issue.

it's that time interval i'm trying to deal with. a cold boot takes longer, and is therefore more likely to allow everything to re-initialize cleanly.

I see. Sounds like poorly written programs. Never seen any sort of issue like you are referring to.

back in the Stone Age, TSR ("terminate and stay resident") programs behaved that way fairly often. but, yeah, i know, that's what i get for using freeware...

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