Office 2003 slow over network

Posted on 2011-09-02
Last Modified: 2012-05-12

I have a problem with Excel (Office 2003) when we try to open a file on a network-share Excel hangs and the file take a few minutes to load.
No one else on the network have this problem (with the same file).
I we copy to our local drive (C:) the file opens immediatley.

Computer: Windows XP SP3
Server: (network-share): 2003

I have tried this:
But no effect.


Question by:henriklundin
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Expert Comment

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try this

I ran RegMon (sysinternals) while doing the save-as and after about 2 seconds I stopped collecting data. I searched the RegMon window for “save” and found a missing value “AlwaysSaveToCurrentPath”


I added the DWORD and gave it a value of 0 and that didn’t help. I gave it a value of 1 and the save-as dialog appears instantly.

try this

Create a text file on the server put this into it:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



Save the file as WHATEVER.REG not WHATEVER.TXT

Then double click on the file to apply the setting (once again on the SERVER not the pc).

What this does is it sets the DIR commad's buffer from 14000 to 65000. This fix works on NT/2000/XP.

This can sometime occur if you have non exisiting printers in your printers list.

Got to your prtiners and see if you have any that have a status of - trying to connect.

If so delete that printer (if it no longer exists)  or find out why you can't see it.

I've seen this excact same problem before and it was caused by the above.

Could also be as r-k says,  Maybe you have a drive mapping that is failing to connect.


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Expert Comment

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This is a documented issue caused by the Office File Validation Add-In pushed out by Microsoft Updates in August.  Uninstall this from Add-Remove Programs and test again.
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Rob Henson earned 250 total points
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Have you also tried the following to correct problems with Office File Validation, an update that has caused numerous problems and requests on EE.

Rob H
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Expert Comment

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We tested the EnableOnLoad registry entry and had inconsistent results.  In some scases this reg entry definitely wasn't fixing the problem, despite what MS say.

Author Closing Comment

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this link made my day!

thank all you guys for your inputs!
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Expert Comment

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Out of interest, is the EnableOnLoad registry entry working for you?  We tried EnableOnLoad = 0 on several systems but no joy...

Author Comment

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No, no joy.  :)
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I frickin knew it, I don't believe that registry entry does anything at all!  Thanks for confirming my suspicions.

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