Browsing slow from Windows XP to 98

The Windows 98 computer can browse the shares on the XP computer no problem.  Everything pops up quickly.  However, it takes 15 seconds to browse a share on the 98 computer from the XP.  The 98 was running TCP/IP and NetBeui, and the XP was only using TCP/IP.  I added NetBeui to the XP computer, and it is browsing normally now, but the question is why would this slow down network browsing so significantly?  It appears as though the 98 computer would prefer NetBeui over TCP.
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here an article on this topic :

MS :

More info :

and here :  NETBEUI is faster :  TCP/IP is routable
"Step B:
So you know, NetBEUI is a non-routable protocol, which means it won't cross a router, it is inherently more secure than TCP/IP for this reason. By enabling NetBEUI, and binding it to your File and Printer sharing AND DISABLING TCP/IP File and Printer sharing (See step D for more info), we ensure that your systems can share within the house, but people outside your LAN can't access these resources. In addition, NetBEUI is actually faster than TCP/IP, so it's more efficient to do it this way!

So, it appears your thought is confirmed "It appears as though the 98 computer would prefer NetBeui over TCP"

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bleujaegelAuthor Commented:
More specifically, since the Windows 98 computer had NetBeui and TCP installed, and the Win XP had only TCP installed, why would the 98 computer have no hesitation viewing a folder on the XP computer (with even more files in the shared XP folder than in the 98 shared folder)?  From the XP using TCP, it took 15 seconds to view the 98 shared folder.  I would think this would be backwards.  I would think that the if you were trying to access the XP from 98, it would default to NetBeui, then take forever, eventually timeout, then attempt TCP.  Not the other way around.  

Understandably, the NetBeui has little overhead.  I am using a switch, so I would figure it would keep track of the computers, and not have to broadcast like NetBeui.  So if it connected to the 98 via TCP, I wouldn't think that it would take so long regardless.  
>>  From the XP using TCP, it took 15 seconds to view the 98 shared folder  <<  but maybe not all is to be blamed on the protocol, you may have a slower win98 system.
It should be interesting to try it from different PC's
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bleujaegelAuthor Commented:
I will try it from other Windows XP machines to see if there is any difference.  Indeed, the Windows98 computer is slower (I think it's around 1GHZ vs XP at 2.8).  
Normally, it should not be noticeable, but i do not know if any task is running there also.
bleujaegelAuthor Commented:
It's just as slow from another Windows XP computer....
bleujaegelAuthor Commented:
It is slower via TCP/IP due to lower overhead.  I guess we'll just leave it at that.  Thanks for your input.
bleujaegelAuthor Commented:
Oops.  Higher overhead, I meant.
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