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Slow deleting files in WIndows XP with desktop redirected

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We have a new Windows XP SP3 system with user's desktop redirected to a network location in a Windows 2003 Server system. The network is based on workgroup, not in Windows active directory. There's no problems of performance or disk fragmentation. Data can be copied from and to desktop over the network without perfomance problems. The only issue appears when trying to delete files and folders from desktop. Deleting 60 MB of data (1.166 files in 45 folders) took more than twenty minutes. There is no messages or events in the event viewer. Hardware works fine and there's no virus. It doesn't matter if we have the antivirus enabled or disabled, the problem happens in the two cases
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by:MiniDevo
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You might want to ensure that the server does not have some sort of backup solution that is having to catalog/buffer/delete the files as well. I've only seen this type of behavior when the server was having so sync some sort of secondary solution, and as such, was deleting that as well.
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To speed up file deletion in xp a trick I use it .
Right Click on the file(s)/folder(s) Hold down Ctrl then select Delete.
I am not sure about Remote desktops.
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Did you ever solve this?.
 
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Hi
Problem solved; the problem only happened with some particular folders that were previously copied from a network share, with special access rights, to desktop. I think the system we're trying to verify the rights of each file before deleting, and in this process something went wrong.
Deleting process functions well in desktop with any other kind of data, so I'm going to close this question.
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