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windows explorer "hangs" when attaching a USB flash drive (60 seconds)

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Intermittently, when I attach a USB drive to my XP Pro machine, Windows Explorer seems to just hang for almost 60 seconds, and then is fine.  The drive light flashes for about a quarter of a second, but no activity after that.  No activity on the hard drive, and in Task Manager, no processes are eating up the CPU (0-5% activity).  Other apps are unaffected except for "Free Commander" (a Win Explorer replacement), where I am getting the same behavior.  I have tried 3 different USB drives, all of which work flawlessly on other systems.

Have rebooted many times.  Have tried plugging it in and then launching WinExp but I get a similar result (intermittently, nothing opens for about 60 seconds).  The delay only happens right after attaching a USB drive.

Any suggestions? Or tips on how to debug what is happening?

Thanks for any help-
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by:SapiusPotis
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Hey ottenm,

Does it do the same thing if you plug it into one of the other USB drives on the computer? You may also check if there are any USB drivers updates for your machine. If there are any available install them and try again.

Regards,

SapiusPotis.
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by:ottenm
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Thanks SapiusPotis, will try both suggestions first thing tomorrow.
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by:apache09
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What Brand / Model of USB Drive are you trying to use?
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by:nobus
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are your usb ports set for fast removal, or for prestation?
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by:ottenm
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Thanks for the additional inputs.  I was not able to get to the machine today, so it will be a couple of days before I can try again.

Answers are: I've tried 4 different USB's, all different manufacturers (hp, lexar, corsair, I forget the other one).

I'm unfamiliar with "fast removal" and "prestation", but I will surf them and find out what the settings are as soon as I get back.

Sorry for the delay-
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in device manager, right click the usb drive, and select properties>management rules
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