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Delay When Viewing Shares on a Windows 9x-Based Computer

By: Arie Slob

When you attempt to view the computer share list on a Microsoft Windows 9x-based computer, you may experience a delay of up to 30 seconds. This delay occurs only when you are browsing directly to the computer name. If you browse to a share name (for example, \\computer name\share name), there is no delay.

This seems to be caused by some curious registry setting, which is used by Windows XP (and Windows 2000 for that matter) that will search the other machine for Scheduled Tasks (don't ask me why you'd want to do that). You can kill this:

  1. Start the Registry Editor
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ RemoteComputer \ NameSpace \
  3. Select the key {D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF} listed under the above mentioned key
  4. Right-click, and choose Export from the menu. Save the exported registry entry, in case you want to restore it later
  5. Right-click the key again, and this time choose Delete, and select Yes on the delete confirmation
  6. Close the registry editor

This improvement takes place immediately after you delete the key, a restart of Windows isn't required.