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"My Computer" refreshes slowly

By jimprufrock ·
The main screen showing all drives loads and refreshes very slowly. When another window is on top of it and is, in turn, minimized, that window will appear within the borders of the 'My Computer' window until it refreshes.

I do not have this problem when navigating to any drives or folders, only the main 'My Computer' window.

I have Diskeeper 9.0 installed, drive is drefragged, ran Spybot & AdAware, ran Norton Utilites WinDoctor, applied Spybot performance tweaks, uninstalled all USB devices within Device Manager, removed unneeded start menu programs.

Still the problem persists. WinXP, SP2, 1.3gHz p4, 512mb ram.

This computer has multiple user logins. Other logins do not experience the problem, only mine.

Would seem to be in the startup area. Nothing obvious. Not sure where to look next.

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by Blackcurrant In reply to "My Computer" refreshes s ...

Slow refresh times can be caused by My Computer looking for shares. I once gad My Computer set to do this and the 'details' view was the default view. It took ages to show the drives and the mapped drives, presumably because it was having to discover all the details about each mapped resource.

This default action can be turned off by clicking Tools>Folder Options, click the View tab and deselect the first entry marked 'Automatically search for network folders and printers'

Hope this helps

Good luck

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by jimprufrock In reply to "My Computer" refreshes s ...

I did have the 'Automatically search for network folders and printers' unchecked, but by changing the view from "Details" to anything else solved the problem.

I can't believe I did check that, but, in any case, at least my system is now a well oiled machine.

I'd still like to know if there is any way to speed up the detail view.


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