When using Windows XP's My Network Places to access shared resources on computers running older versions of the Windows operating system, you may have noticed that the process can be excruciatingly slow. What's the reason for this slowdown? By default, Windows XP scans all remote computers for scheduled tasks—a neat, but seldom used, feature.
However, you can override this configuration with a simple registry edit. Follow these steps:
Note: Editing the registry is risky, so be sure you have a verified backup before making any changes.