XP: Speed Up Network Browsing

Due to an XP odd behavior, the network browsing is sometimes delayed by 15 to 30 seconds. Learn how to stop this delay.


XP first checks for scheduled tasks on a target machine before it will list the files and folders for that target machine.

Typically, when a user clicks on a network computer to browse, he or she must wait due to the 15 to 30 second delay. Downloading files is a quick process, but the first delay takes up valuable time.

This involves the registry, so backup your registry before trying this.

In regedit navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
Explorer\Remote Computer\NameSpace

And delete the following key:
{D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}

Close regedit and reboot.

This should turn off the check for scheduled tasks before browsing and get rid of the delay.

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  • Jfk1968

    Because of the comments from some people above, I was sceptical about this fix.

    I saw some people did have good luck though, so I decided to try it.

    After making the changes in the registry and rebooting my machines no longer have the delay.

    Thanks!