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Browsing Mapped Network Drives: XP vs 2000

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Mmmbacon, Jul 8, 2004.

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  1. Mmmbacon

    Mmmbacon Thread Starter

    Aug 15, 2003
    We have a medium size network with about 60 desktops and 5 servers. Most of the desktops are windows 2000. Any new desktop that we have, we are installing Windows XP Professional.

    The main application these desktop are used for is CAD stations. These machines connect to a mapped network drive (the file server) which contains drawing files (sorted by year). When a drawing needs to be updated the draftsman browses the network drive and loads the drawing onto the workstation.

    Now to my problem. There is a noticable difference in speed while browsing the network drives between Windows 2000 and windows XP. XP takes longer when searching the network drive than the 2000 machines. And in one rare example when an XP machine access the 1999 folder, half the time it will stop responding and the process will need to be killed. A 2000 machine accessing the same folder is almost instantaneous. Are there some settings in XP that I can change to increase the speed of network browsing?

    The XP and 2000 machines are comparable spec's. The file server is Windows 2000 server, and we are on a one domain network. Thanks for any help you can provide.
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