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Why is it taking so long for my computer to find the network?

I am using Windows 98 SE in my LAN and I use an RJ45 cable to connect to the hub. When I double click the Network Neighborhood icon, my computer searches for the network for a very long time. I can ping every other computer and I have added every computer's IP address to the c:windowshosts.sam file, but it does not help to speed up the search for the computers in the LAN. I do not know why. Would you mind helping me with this problem?...

There are a couple of other things you may be able to do to speed up browsing. One is to edit the TCP Recieve Window size, which speeds up TCP transfers.

To adjust the receive window size on Windows 98:
Start->Run, type regedit, and click OK.
Select HKey_Local_MachineSystemCurrentControlSetServicesVxDMSTCP

If there is no DefaultRcvWindow value, Select Edit -> Add Value, and add a value called DefaultRcvWindow of type REG_SZ. Set this value to 32120 for starters; you can experiment with higher or lower values, but values above 32120 are generally considered bad for LAN operations.

This was first published in April 2002

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