SBS 2011 migration from 2003 xp workstation slow

Posted on 2011-05-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I'm coming to an end of a SBS 2011 migration from sbs2003. The last bit I have left is to remove the last legacy exchange server from an organization and the ADSI edit part. And then finally dcpromo.

I'm past the 21 days now and the source server shuts down after being backon for 60 minutes as advertised.

When the server is off some of the xp workstations are very slow to open a word, excel or adobe document when you double click on the file. However I found that if your open word first and then go open that same file it opens up very fast.

Any idea what could be causing this. I would like to get this fixed before I completely remove this old server in case the fix involves it needing to be there.
Question by:Terrymac_Computer_Guy
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    Slow opening of files, especially Office files, is often related to Windows searching for old links that no longer exist. Finding these can sometimes be a bit time consuming. A few places to look:
    -Network places. Look for links/connections that no longer exist.
      (I prefer to also turn off "automatically search for network folders and printers". Locate by going to the menu bar of my computer | tools | folder options | View | fist item)
    -My computer. Look for mapped drives that are disconnected.
    -Start menu "recent Documents". To clear; right click on task bar and choose properties | start menu tab | customize | advanced | clear list
    -If the Word or Excel applications are slow opening the files from the menu, clear the recent document list within the application. To do so in Word; open the application | on the menu bar choose  tools | options | general | un-check "recently used file list | choose OK to apply | then you can go back in and re-enable. Excel is similar.

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    Thanks for the help RobWill. While all your suggestions did not solve my problem it sure pointed my down the correct road.
    In this environment they had an SQL client/server application. While each work station only had an icon with an odbc launch string and it was revised with the new sql server odbc name it turned out to be the culprit. Once I used regedit, did a search for the application name I seen and changed and or deleted all the references with this application and the old server name. After this was done it fixed the problem.
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    by:Rob Williams
    Good to hear you were able to resolve, and thanks for posting your findings Terrymac_Computer_Guy.

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