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So, I've just installed Windows 8.1 on my pc, and most of the time when I open the file explorer that comes with windows it comes up with a green loading bar at the top, which usually takes around 10 minutes just to view the files, then, other times when I open the file explorer, it loads instantly. Here's a screenshot of what happens:

Also, when I make a new folder, then double click and re-name, when I press enter the file name doesn't change, then the file explorer crashes, then when I go back, it shows the file has been re-named.


I'm not sure if you're able to click that so just copy and paste it.

My Specs:

GPU - HD 6790

And others which I don't seem to thing are necessary. To note: I don't have a Solid State Drive.

I recently installed Microsoft Office 2013. And ever since I installed that I have had problems with the file explorer.

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Screenshot: [URL] .....

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Screenshot: [URL] ....

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This is all software I currently have installed: [URL] .....

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Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. GA-MA790XT-UD4P
Video: ATI Radeon HD 4870 (1024 MB)
HDD1: WD 500 GB/16MB/S-ATA
HDD2: Samsung 200 GB/8MB/S-ATA II
Power Supply: 650W Chieftec CFT-650-14CS

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