Did you know that each time you open My Computer on Windows XP, your computer automatically searches for the network files and printers your specific login has access to? This entire process can decrease system performance to a crawl as well as take much longer to display all of your icons in the My Computer window. You have the ability to stop Windows from automatically searching for network resources and printers by performing the following:

  1. Open My Computer
  2. Select Tools | Folder Options
  3. Select the View tab and deselect Automatically Search for Network folders and Printers check box.
  4. Click OK.