Fix: Windows 7 computer freezes when you rename a folder

Does your computer freeze, hang or stop responding when you rename a folder in Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 R2? If so, then applying this hotfix may help you.

Lets say you have a Windows computer running any of the specified operating systems and on one of its NTFS volumes you have a lot of files and folders.

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Now, if when you try to rename any folder, if your computer stops responding, request for and download the Hotfix from KB980382.

The issue occurs because the rename operation for a directory checks whether a file in the folder is opened by a user. During this operation, a volume control block (VCB) lock is obtained, and any other I/O requests to the volume are blocked.

If the number of files in the directory is large, this process of checking whether a file is opened may take an unnecessarily long time. Therefore, the computer stops responding for this long time and recovers after a long.

You may have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com and a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows for the period 2006-16. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.