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    Default windows explorer very slow

    I;m running a Dell Precision workstation with Windows XP Pro, P4 3.0mhz cpu and 1 gig ram. We have a small office environment of 8 pc's, all Windows XP home edition. The network is a 100mb ethernet hub with internet router. Ther is no formal server, just a shared resource workgroup.
    The Dell workstation is used to run Autocad primarily as well as Office 2003 and has Norton AV 2006. When we first open Windows Explorer it is very slow to respond - often a couple of minutes. Once it responds, it operates fairly normally although the scrolling is also very slow. Our oldest machines in the office do not have this problem. Is there a setting of some kind that is slowing it down? The whole office uses Norton AV 2006 and do not suffer the same performance degradation.
    I'll await a reply.

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    Have you got a lot of programs running on startup? If so, try cutting them down. Most programs do not need to be there, but rather manually start programs as needed. Go to Start > Run > type in msconfig >OK. Startup tab > uncheck any boxes of programs that don't need to be running in the background.... (really only need to be running antivirus and firewall and maybe a few others> OK. On rebooting, a configuration window will appear, click the box 'do not show this window again' >OK. You can always go back in and check boxes if you really need something to run in background.

    Also, is this the only PC running the Autocad program? If so, it could be that the RAM memory is being used up by a 'resource hog'. Does the autocad program give minimum resources guidelines?

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    Press the Ctrl Alt Del keys and look under Processes. How big a chunk is Windows Explorer taking. If it is greater than 15 meg then minimize it then maximize. Notice the amount drop to 3 meg. Now close and open it. Do you notice any improvement?
    If so then consider using an alternative like Xplorer or any other third party Windows Explorer replacement.
    As Windows Explorer is a subset of IE any add ons to either will slow both down. Try to minimize the use of add ons.
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