Windows 7, Deleting Large files is extremely slow. (Not going to recycle bin, permanent delete)

It is taking a huge amount of time to delete files.

The files are not going to recycle bin (I am hold shift while hitting the Delete key)
Also I have even tried shutting off the recycle bin

I have timed a few of these

Single file delete, 2.6 gb, 2 minutes 14 seconds
Single file delete, 1.9 gb, 1 minutes 44 seconds
Single file delete, 230 mb, 0 minutes 24 seconds

Most of the time the dialog window that pops up says "Calculating..."

Judging by the times, This has something to do with file size.
I get similar time when I delete from the command prompt.

Windows XP would do permanent deletes and moves (on the same drive) in a split second, especially since we are talking about one file.
I work with large image files regularly. I can't wait 2 plus minutes every time I delete one of these files when I may have to move or delete a few hundred at a time.

I am getting very frustrated with Windows 7.

 

So far...
I have disabled Remote Differential Compression (RDC)
I have disabled TCP AutoTuning and Receive Side Scaling
                netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled (AND)
                netsh interface tcp set global rss=disabled  (And rebooted)

There are no removable drives, USB devices, or other attached devices other that the keyboard and mouse.

I have disabled
Windows Search and Indexing
I am viewing "Details" only in windows explorer (No Thumbnails)
I have shut off IPv6 support (I read about it somewhere but I believe it was to do with network operations, but I tried it anyway)
Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface is disabled
All Drivers are up to date.
I have completely wiped the drive and reloaded the OS.

This is on a 1tb storage drive, no RAID, 3gb SATA drive (Seagate 7200.12)
Windows 7 64bit (Windows experience is listed as 6.1)
Intel i5 processor with 4gig memory
Fresh install, fast hard drive (OS).
Avast AV
Not much else running

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That is excessive for sure, and as said, the estimated time remaining can be all over the chart. I would suggest placing all the files to be deleted in one folder, and then  and then installing Unlocker,  but make sure that you deselect the Bing toolbar and other add on option when that window comes up during installation. 

Then open up the location of your files, right click on the folder and choose Unlocker, and then delete.

Thanks. Grace and peace thru Jesus the Lord.

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Hi

Thanks for your reply.  I will have a look at that application you posted a link for.

As it happens, I finally waited it out - all 17 hours of it! I have set the File History to  a 1 month period now so I am hopeful that it is more manageable now. If it still proves to be of a silly size I will just do without File History completely. It would be much more sensible if MS had allowed a 'keep X number of files' instead of just a time period.

Regards from Livingston, Scotland

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"You can boot the system into Safe Mode and [run] some tests."

So, what you are saying is, "You need to reboot your system to delete large files." Is this a new feature or an enhancement? (Maybe we should patch this?) 

I run into this very frequently. I do not believe that this is an acceptable performance behavior.  

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Ha. I didn't read the other responses until now. I guess I'm not the only one really frustrated with the lameness of Windows 7 file management. I tried the "right-click, properties" method... didn't work for a 20GB vm (CentOS). The delete dialogue is still spinning as I write. 

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It did not work for me on 32-bit Windows 7. Still getting that ridiculous long time to perform this simple task.

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I hope no one is holding their breath. This has been a problem for Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and currently I'm "enjoying" watching Windows 10 do the same thing.

Microsoft, let me try to explain this to you in a very simple manner, perhaps then you can muster the three IQ points required to understand. When delete is selected the file(s) should be immediately deleted. No discovering, no calculating, nothing except DELETING THE FILES AS INSTRUCTED.

Is any of that unclear?

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Just use the command line - works for me every time: always did - right back to the original windows when the command line was all we had.

Left pane in explorer,

right click on the folder containing the file you want to delete

click on 'open command window here'

command window opens

type "del <filename>" 

gone

And if you want to copy files quicker and simpler than the windows copy function, use Ice Mirror (google it).  I've used it for years to do backups/block copy.  

Tried Tera Copy years ago, pretty good too.

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I have not had this issue since Windows 7.  Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 work fine.  No issues deleting large files or any files for that matter. 

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Tried all of the above.

Was even about to reboot into safe Mode, when I typed Window+X and noticed the "Compand Prompt (Admin)" item.

I had previously tried to delete the huge file from cmd prompt, but it just stuck.

Worked from "Administrator: Command Prompt" immediately. File gone! No progress dialogs, no waiting.

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