One of the key differences between people in prison and those outside is that many of those “inside” are “repeat offenders”. Either they don’t learn their lesson or something drives them to offend time and again.

Microsoft seems to be like that. One of the key “features” that caused my deep loathing for “Vista” was the way it made me wait while it indexed a directory with fancy thumbnails that I did not actually want, before I could “see” (filename, size, date…) the contents. That dreaded green bar!

Techspot has a fix (of sorts):

Needless to say it’s a very frustrating behavior, but thankfully something that can be easily fixed.

In Windows Explorer, right click the Downloads folder (or any folder you are having issues with), then select Properties.
Select the Customize tab
From the drop-down menu, Optimize this folder for: “General Items”

That should do the trick.

Well, maybe…

Note Windows might forget this setting in the future if you keep storing certain types of files (images or videos) and again default to optimize for them. I’ve had to change this setting back a couple of times in the past year, but most important of all, after the fix access is instant when I’m browsing around for my latest downloaded files.

Why, oh why, can I not just tell Microsoft-in-the-head Windows to cease, desist, stop!? Well because some users “want” this feature, and I “might” have switched it off by mistake!

I wish my Bible programs and Camtasia ran reliably under Linux, I am not made for this sort of stupid repeat offending, Windows should be repeat incarcerated.