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Speed Up the Windows Explorer

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If you start the Explorer on your computer, it can take a while for the explorer window to come up and be responsive. Although you might think your computer is slow, there is a possibility that you can speed up the start of the windows explorer.

When the windows explorer is started, it looks for shared network folders and devices in the network. This can take time, depending on the speed of your network, which makes it look like windows explorer is slow. The solution to speed up the windows explorer is to make the startup independent of the network connection speed.

In Windows, you can tweak settings to disable the explorer checking for shared folders and devices:

  1. Start the Windows Explorer.
  2. In the Explorer Window, select Folder Options in the Tools menu.
  3. In the Folder Options dialog box, select the View tab.
  4. Next, uncheck the Automatically search for network folders and printers option in the Advanced settings list and click OK.
  5. Windows Explorer folder options

From now on the explorer will no longer automatically search for shared folders and devices in the network, and your explorer will start up faster.


2 Comments to “Speed Up the Windows Explorer”

  1. Gator says:

    How would you do this with IE& and IE8?

  2. Kyle says:

    @Gator – This tip is for the Windows Explorer, not for the Internet Explorer, so your question is not really applicable.

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