Netware 5.1 servers with XP - speed problem

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Dave_W

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Ever since I switched from my old Win98 P700 to a WinXP P2400 I have noticed that network browsing is far SLOWER. The Novell client (v4.90) is obviously different from the 98 version.

I'm guessing that it is something to do with caching - e.g. when I first fire up the machine, My Computer network drives take ages to appear, populate, and traverse/browse. Then they speed up. If I leave the computer for a while (e.g. go out for lunch), its slow when I come back, but speeds up again.

Any pointers to how to tweak this for speed? I feel really aggrieved that a newer/faster/bigger PC is a worse performer than my old one ! :confused:
 
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Have you tried using the Netware drivers directly from Novell? It looks like the version may be the same but just want to make sure.

Also you might want to apply the same registry edit that speeds up browsing to Win98/NT networks. Never test a before and after since I always put this on all XP computers.

Delete the following registry key on the Windows2000 or WindowsXP computer.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / Software / Microsoft / Windows / CurrentVersion / Explorer / RemoteComputer / NameSpace {D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}
 

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Deleting that registry key seems to have done the trick - thanks !

is there any explanation anywhere as to why it works?
 
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From what I understand, the delay is caused by Windows2000/XP checking to see if there are any scheduled tasks on the remote computer.

Removing the registry key stops that check.
 
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