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We have 2 computers linked peer-to-peer, one with XP Pro (#1) and one with Windows 98/2 (#2). All data is stored on the XP machine and we constantly need to access documents in a large word processing file on the XP machine from the 98 machine. After installing XP on the #2 machine, searches became impossibly slow, taking about 40 seconds to find a document searching by title only. We added memory, re-installed programs, new router, etc, but nothing worked. We then installed SP-2 on both machines and the #2 machine froze. We could not re-boot, could not restore to a prior date, could not re-install XP and neither Microsoft nor 3 local tech guys could solve the problem. Finally we reformatted the hard drive on #2, installed 98/2 and my searches are fast again. Machine #1, was fine with SP2. I would like to use XP on both machines, but the slow search is intolerable. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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