Problems Accessing NAS Drives From Windows XP
Posted on 2011-04-27
I've got two NAS drives on my network in addition to a Win 7 Pro box and a Win XP Pro box. I've configured the NAS drives for static IP addresses and mapped network drives for them on both Windows machines. The Win 7 box has no problems accessing the drives but the Win XP box hangs for minutes at a time (in Explorer) whenever I try to traverse directories in one of the NAS drives that contain many folders/files. Eventually Explorer comes back to life but the simple act of hitting F5 to refresh the directory (without changing folders) sends it into a coma again even though the information hasn't changed. The XP box also appears to be not listing all of the sub-folders in one of my larger folders (the sub-folders are there when viewed from the Win 7 but not the XP box).
I've consulted with a colleague of mine and he suggested I disable the following services in administrator tools --> services:
Computer Browsing Service
Simple File Sharing Service
The high latency/hanging behavior has not changed as a result of disabling these services. I've also received a suggestion (on another forum) to disable (delete registry key) browsing of remote scheduled tasks. I tried that as well but no dice.
Does anyone have any idea why I may be experiencing such a high-latency response from the XP box? When I open task manager performance, CPU allocation, etc. the PC isn't doing anything while Explorer is hung (not that I can tell anyway).