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Windows explorer: slow network browsing

By bcoleman6
Feb 13, 2007
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  1. I am using windows explorer to browse a network drive. The folder in question contains 130,000 .xml files. When I open the folder explorer builds each .xml icon taking a 5 to 10 seconds per page. This makes it impossible to scroll through the folder. This only occurs with folders containing .xml.
    I have tried copying the folder to the local PC with the same result. I have also checked do not cache icons which speeds up the process but doesn't fix the issue. I have also changed the file association to notepad and internet explorer, same issue.

    I am using a windows xp sp2 laptop but the issue occurs on all computers when trying to browse folders with .xml files.

    Thanks for any help.
  2. tomrca

    tomrca Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,051

    check to see if there may be excess processes running, try defrag, if none of these work go HERE
  3. bcoleman6

    bcoleman6 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks, the issue occurs on a fresh windows install on both XP and 2000.
  4. PuterGeekGirl

    PuterGeekGirl Newcomer, in training Posts: 68

    When I've seen this happen before, it was due to Provider Order being setup in a strange order.

    You can get to this by opening the Network connections window, go to advanced/advanced settings/provider order.

    I would make sure things in there look correct for the type of network you are on.

    HTH.
  5. HSC

    HSC Newcomer, in training Posts: 31

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