Wednesday, October 21, 2009

WinXP - Slow PC, Slow Network Drives

If you have a slow computer, or you have network drives that you think are slowing down your computer, then try these solutions. Back up everything first! Use these fixes at your own risk.

GENERAL SPEED ISSUE
+ Run CCleaner on all PC's to clean dodgy files and registry entries
+ C:\WINDOWS\system32\fxssvc.exe: disable the microsoft fax service
+ Run msconfig> startup> uncheck installshield
+ In msconfig> in startup locate and uncheck: C:\WINDOWS\system32\Adobe\SHOCKW~1\SWHELP~1.EXE
+ Run rootkit revealer> http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897445.aspx
+ Defrag the computer

SLOW DRIVES, and SLOW PC

+ Uninstall Spybot and any registry correction software, then repair Windows and update with SP3 (Prob: reg changes from sp's banned by Spybot!)
+ Disable computer browser on all computers and reboot, one by itself wil slow network!!
+ http://forums.msrportal.com/showthread.php?t=46135&highlight=explorer+slow
+ check antivirus is set not to scan network folders
+ check Windows View Options settings carefully (off/ show popup descriptions... off/ use Classic Windows Folders)
+ update network drivers on all computers
+ Uninstall Spybot (Teatime incompatibility with IE8)
+ Turn off all indexing, including Google (indexing network drives.. ugg)
+ Make sure all Pc's are running the same Service Pack 3
+ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=1b286e6d-8912-4e18-b570-42470e2f3582&displaylang=en
+ http://support.microsoft.com/Default.aspx?kbid=840309
+ http://www.wikihow.com/Clear-the-Thumbnail-Cache-in-Windows
+ Check to see if disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP helps out?
+ Are you using 802.1x? If not try turning of this off might help hereTurn of folder options here
+ Check the crypto registry settings: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/829700/
+ Apply these changes http://ss64.com/nt/slow_browsing.html
+ Stop and Disable Service "Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)" - this affects scanners appearing in my computer apparently
+ Try reserving IP address's for workstations and then adding an LMHOST file to each computer containing the names of PC and servers you connect to with thier IP address's.
-- LHHOST - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314108 (Don't forget to run flush and load commands, see ref link)
+ Check your DNS and WINS settings
+ Anti-virus policy... scanning of directory depth, scanning of zip files.(limit the depth of scanning
+ GPO disable "launch explorer windows is seperate process"
+ Turn off services "Security center" "Firewall" "MS Defender" and Disable them.
+ Enable Guest account on all PC's
+ Check your sharing type (Simple File Sharing OR our Security List way..)
+ CACLS tool - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/897103/en-us?FR=1&PA=1&SD=HSCH
+ Add "/persistent:no" to your batch files for network shares

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