Tip

Speed up network browsing

It turns out that you can experience a delay of as long as 30 seconds when you try to view shared files across a local network from Windows 2000.

 

For example: Go to Run and type computername and time it.

Windows 2000 is using extra time to search the remote computer for Scheduled Tasks, a slow and unnecessary process.

Follow these steps to speed up the process:

  1. In Windows 2000, click Start, Run, type regedt32, and click OK.

     

  2. In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following branch: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Explorer/RemoteComputer/NameSpace.

     

  3. Under that branch, select the key {D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}. This key instructs Windows Explorer to search for Scheduled Tasks. If you wish, pull down the Registry menu and click Save Key to back up this value. Name the output file, say, Scheduled.reg, and you can easily restore the key if necessary.

     

  4. Delete the key and close the Registry Editor.

This change takes effect immediately and doesn't require a reboot, so you can determine how much it speeds up the process.


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This was first published in August 2001

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