January 2, 2007

Faster network browsing

If you are on a network and tired of waiting for ages for all the network shares to load, these tips will help you faster network browsing. There are 4 basic things you need to do in order to speed up network access.

1. Remove all shortcuts in My Network Places. These are automatically generated, and if a few of them aren’t shared anymore. Windows will keep searching for them anyway. So just select them all and delete.

2. Stop windows from automatically adding these shortcuts to shared folders, otherwise you will just end up having to delete the short cut every time you open My Network places. This is a registry hack. First go to Start> run type regedit and press [enter].Navigate to HKEY_Curren_User\software\Microsoft\Windows\Currentversion\Policies\Explorer\. Here create two new DWORD values (if they already don’t exist) called “NoRecentDocsNetHood” and “UseDesktopIniCache”, and set them to “1”.

3. Have every one on your network increase the send buffer for network data. Tell every one who shares files or folders to go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters\. Create a DEWORD value called “SizReqBuf”, and assign its Hex value to “FFFF”.

4. Just stop using My Network places for folders you access on a regular basis and instead, map the drive by going to Tools>Map Network Drive in windows explorer.

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