Possible Solutions to Slow Network Browsing
These methods have been suggested on Web sites and newsgroups to solve the
problem of My Network Places taking a long time to open.† Try them at your own
risk, and be sure that you know how to undo them if they cause problems.† In
XP, make a Restore Point so that you can roll the system back in case of trouble.
Before editing the registry, export the keys that youíre changing so that you
can import the old values in case of trouble.
Change the view
Open My Network Places, click View in the menu bar, and experiment
with different settings.† For example:
- Donít use Details view.† Select Thumbnails, Tiles,
Icons, or List.
- Click Choose Details and un-check the Computer box.
- Donít sort by computer name.† Click Arrange Icons by and
select Name, Comments, or Network Location.
- Click Arrange Icons by and un-check Show in Groups.
Disable searching for scheduled tasks
Knowledge Base article describes a bug in Windows 2000 Professional
that might also exist in Windows XP.† Disable searching for scheduled tasks
by deleting this registry key:
Disable the WebClient Service
This might speed up network browsing, but it will prevent access to web-resident
network places, such as free disk storage from your ISP.
- Right click My Computer and select Manage.
- Double click Services and Applications.
- Double click Services.
- Scroll down the list of services and double click WebClient.
- Click the Stop button.
- Set the Startup type to Disabled.
- Click Apply and OK.
Delete stored network passwords
- Click Control Panel | User Accounts.
- Click your user name.
- Click Manage my network passwords.
- Click each entry and click Remove.
Change the NetBIOS Over TCP/IP registry entries
Open this registry key:
and modify these values as shown:
- Disable Network Access Control using IEEE 802.1X
- Right click your network connection and click Properties.
- Click Authentication.
- Un-check the Enable network access control using IEEE 802.1X box.
Many people have suggested these tips, including Kent W. England, DeadCat,
Jacklew, NewsReader (John), Chat Bleu, Jess, and Hans-Georg Michna.† Thanks,