'My computer' takes ages to load

Posted on 2009-12-21
Last Modified: 2013-11-17

I am running Windows XP SP3 on an IBM T400 laptop.

Recently, whenever I try and open My Computer, it takes several minutes to start - regardless of how many apps I have running on the machine.

If I go to Start> and then type in the UNC path for a local folder on the machine, I get there instantly.

Any ideas?
Question by:kam_uk
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    Expert Comment

    had you check for viruses
    is that happening with other user profile?
    run disk defrag , and disk cleanup
    when this happened?
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    Accepted Solution

    Often if My Computer is taking a long time to load, it is because of a remembered network drive that is unavailable.

    Run "net use" at a command prompt and look for entries listed as "Disconnected" or "Unavailable".  If there are any, you can delete them at the command prompt by typing:

    net use <driver letter or full UNC path> /delete

    eg: net use p: /delete
    net use \\unavailableserver01\share /delete


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    Author Comment

    Thanks dicconb - deleting those network drives fixed it!!
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    Expert Comment

    Thanks for the quick accept kam, glad we could fix your problem.



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