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Slow network browsing

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  • When I click on "Network" in win7, it is taking an extreme amount of time to populate the computer list. This same thing happens when browsing to map a network drive, the browse dialog comes up but the cursor just sits and spins. I've seen numerous posts about this problem but no real answer. Can any please help?
    • Moved by Divya RMicrosoft Support Tuesday, April 20, 2010 2:06 PM Moving to appropriate category (From:Networking, Mail, and Getting Online)
    Thursday, April 15, 2010 8:10 PM

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    Hi,

     

    Does the symptom occur on other Windows 7 machine in the same network?

     

    If you turn on Network Discovery option, Windows 7 will detect most of the machines in the network folder expect that certain machine is turned off or it is not in the same subnet.

     

    To improve the performance, please try the following steps.

     

    1. Temporarily turn off firewall and antivirus program on the machine.

     

    2. Upgrade the NIC driver to the latest one.

     

    If the issue persists, please also refer to the following article:

     

    slow network folder list

     

    Thanks,

    Novak

     

    • Marked as answer by Novak Wu Monday, April 26, 2010 2:22 AM
    Wednesday, April 21, 2010 3:00 AM

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  • Hi SteveJ292,

     

     

    Step 1: Check if the issue persists in Safe Mode with Networking.

     

    Safe Mode with Networking: Starts Windows in safe mode and includes the network drivers and services needed to access the Internet or other computers on your network.

    Refer this link to boot into Safe Mode with Networking:

    Start your computer in safe mode

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Start-your-computer-in-safe-mode

    Also refer:

    Advanced startup options (including safe mode)

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Advanced-startup-options-including-safe-mode

     

    Step 2:Try running the Network Troubleshooter and see if it fixes the issue:

    If your computer is having problems connecting to the Internet, or to other computers on a network, try using one of the networking troubleshooters to fix the problem.

    Refer this link to do the same:

    Open networking troubleshooters

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Open-networking-troubleshooters

    Additional information on:

    Troubleshoot problems with computers not appearing on the network map

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/Troubleshoot-problems-with-computers-not-appearing-on-the-network-map

    Note: This article applies to Windows 7 as well.

    Regards,

    Divya R – Microsoft Support.

    Friday, April 16, 2010 5:13 PM
  • Tried both solutions with no luck. One thing I have noticed is that when I click "Network", the time that it is taking is because it's looking for every computer that has a connection to our network. For example, I see computers from my domain, all the workgroups we have created, all the workgroups our vendor's have created for their devices, vendor domains that are remotely attached to our network. It is pulling EVERYTHING, not just the domain I'm authenticated to. Is there are way to limit Win 7 to just browse the currently authenticated domain and not the whole world that has a connection to our network?
    Monday, April 19, 2010 5:31 PM
  •  

    Hi,

     

    Does the symptom occur on other Windows 7 machine in the same network?

     

    If you turn on Network Discovery option, Windows 7 will detect most of the machines in the network folder expect that certain machine is turned off or it is not in the same subnet.

     

    To improve the performance, please try the following steps.

     

    1. Temporarily turn off firewall and antivirus program on the machine.

     

    2. Upgrade the NIC driver to the latest one.

     

    If the issue persists, please also refer to the following article:

     

    slow network folder list

     

    Thanks,

    Novak

     

    • Marked as answer by Novak Wu Monday, April 26, 2010 2:22 AM
    Wednesday, April 21, 2010 3:00 AM
  • Screw Microsoft.

    I discovered the solution in 2005 with XP, and I'm refraining to apply it to win& since it is a registry fix I can't miss with.

    The problem is in God damn Windows behavior. It is a BUG meant by DESIGN.

    The filthy DESIGN assumes that whenever you connect to a network share - whatever the remote end is - your client OS will try looking for shared printers and/or assigned scheduled tasks to INHERIT!!!

     

    This TRY is extremely costly and can be disabled by this reg-fix:

    ___________________________

    REGEDIT4
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RemoteComputer\NameSpace\{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}]
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RemoteComputer\NameSpace\{D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}]

    ___________________________

     

    So, again: SCREW Microsoft.

     

    Any news on Windows7?


    M.K.
    Tuesday, July 19, 2011 10:04 AM
  • It's all about netbios.....it will always be slow and unpredictable!
    DON'T use it! Disable it in TCP/IP settings. You can also disable the computer browser service ;-)

    Connect directly to IP<->IP. You kan add the hostname/IP mapping in "C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts"

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012 5:36 PM
  • On my week old Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium machine I experience VERY slow browsing of network drives.

    I've tried EVERY proposed solution I could find in every nook and cranny of the internet forums from disabling this and that service to Safe Booting to Clean Booting with only the barest minimum of Microsoft services running, etc., etc., etc...
    NOTHING makes any difference! NOTHING.

    I have an XP machine next to my Windows 7 machine on the same network, using the same router, and browsing the same network drive. It populates network folder lists from nearly instantly to 10 seconds depending on the number of files in the folders. 
    The Windows 7 machine on the other hand takes from 30 seconds up to MINUTES to populate the same exact folders.

    I've also tried multiple network adapters and a different router to no effect.

    I see that many many others across the internet have this same problem with Windows 7 and not once have I seen a Microsoft employee respond with a valid solution. 

    Add to this the other well documented bug where file listings do not refresh after you delete a file. 

    My first impression of Windows 7 is not good.


    Monday, October 01, 2012 1:27 AM