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Searching network drive from XP Home results in infinite, self-restarting loop

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I have a box running XP Home (SP2) connecting to a Windows 2003 server in a domained environment.  (This is one of several XP Home machines in the office and this problem is unique to this specific machine.)  The folder on the drive is mapped as x: so when a specific file is to be found the normal process would be to right click the drive icon and select 'search' from the context menu.

The problem is that the search runs as an infinite loop.  As soon as all of the directories are searched for the file (with the results displayed) the search will automatically rerun itself starting with the root directory and proceeding through all of the subfolders.  As a test I turned off the 'search subfolder option' and after searching the one folder it would pause for a couple of seconds then restart the search - as evidenced by the [search now] button greying out and the [stop search] button becoming active momentarily.  (When the search subfolder option is checked the same behavior exhibits - I will stop the search with the [stop search] button but after a second or three the search will restart itself.

The system is believed to be malware free - Norton Antivirus and Microsoft AntiSpyware.
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by:Crash2100
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Usually, the search will re-run itself when something is modified durring the search.  Have you tried closing anything running in the background on both of the computers?  Maybe one of your programs is causing this.
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How did you coax XP Home into joining a domain?
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by:mingano
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Crash: nothing in running in the background except for AOL IM, the AntiVirus and the usual lineup of windows services.  Nothing that isn't running on any of the other systems.

simpswr: the XP Home doesn't "join" the domain, but you can still map drives.
net use x: \\server\path password /user:domain\username /persistent:yes
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by:Crash2100
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Have you tried using msconfig to disable your startup items, just to see if it makes any difference with this?

Another thing you could try is running check disk on the drive it's searching when this starts:
       chkdsk c: /r
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by:mingano
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I'll do some more playing with the startup items but I haven't seen anything that looks as if it would be doing anything like this.

The drive being searched is a network drive to which I do not have full access.
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I would just suggest you disable all your startup items at once, see if that makes any difference, if it does, re-add them and figure out which causes this.

Another thing you might try is to disable the WebClient service, this is known to cause network slow down problems.
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by:mingano
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The culprit is Brother's control center that is installed with their new MFC 8460N machine.  For some reason this affects searching network drives (but not local drives).
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