Increase Windows Explorer Shell Stability and Speed

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Here is a quick tutorial on How-To configure Windows XP to run Windows Explorer at optimal settings.  This info is useful if you are on an older PC or if you just like to have the best performance possible.  Granted, it’s just one of many “tuning” settings, but hey, every little bit helps.


Along with the tip for speeding up your Explorer shell, I’m also going to review (in step 5) how to increase the stability of your Windows Explorer Shell.  Although Step 5 adds a little overhead, I think it’s well worth it, being that if one of your Windows in XP crashes, it won’t take all the other Windows with it.  ;)

Disable Automatic search for network folders and Printers


1.  Go to your Start menu and Click My Computer


2.  Then from there Click on the Tools tab at the top of the window; on the drop-menu Click Folder Options


3.  Next, in the new window, you’ll need to Click the View tab; from here check and uncheck two separate boxes


4.  Uncheck the box that says Automatically search for network folders and printers

Automatically search for network folders and printers 



Enable Launching folder Windows in a separate process


5.  Then scroll down and Check the box that says Launch folder windows in a separate process

Launch folder windows in a seperate process


6.  Click OK to finish


All Done!

Have a groovy time surfing your computer with faster & more stable Explorer Shell/Windows!


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  1. shockersh

    Um… Who’s still running XP anyway :)

  2. Animis

    I am! I hate Vista, and Windows 7 is still in beta :(

  3. grooveDexter

    I have a couple of older PC’s running XP, will probably have to retire them once they stop doing XP updates, but that won’t be for a while after Windows 7 comes out.

  4. MrGroove

    We will have to see how well Windows 7 performs on older systems. This all feels like the Windows 98 Vs. Windows Millennium debacle…. People stayed on Windows 98 until XP came out. Funny how history repeats itself.

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