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    Re: Drive Mapping vs, My Network Places (XP SP1 &

    All the more current answers aren't logged on right now, Steve, so hang in there. I can only give some old, historical news that is of no value in the XP era. In my previous job, during Win98 days, I used drive mapping heavily for frequently accessed share around the business LAN. I never did try to "officially" time things, but I became convinced enough about slowdown that I stopped mapping entirely. My machine booted more slowly, many tasks that Windows Explorer did were slower and performance was a drag on my patience. When I eliminated all the mapped drives, things returned to "normal" and I just don't bother on my SMALL home network.

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    Re: Drive Mapping vs, My Network Places (XP SP1 &

    I should have also said that the only thing I CAN say about my current machine with XP MCE is that I do have six "shortcuts" in the network places folder of LAN shares frequently accessed, BUT I also have the Folder Options box un-checked for automatically checking for network shares. So this machine purrs right along so fast that I can't keep up. Everything I do with WE except searching is fast.

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    Drive Mapping vs, My Network Places (XP SP1 & 2)

    Possible dumb question alert <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30> . Is there any difference in efficiency or performance, (all other things being equal), between accessing remote network resources via mapped drives or via shortcuts in the "My Network Places" folder? The question ignores the issue of User convenience and is simply concerned in efficiencies within Windows itself.

    I'm aware that Windows of all flavours usually offers more than a few ways to crack the same nut so, on the face of it, I'm inclined to think there's no advantage one way or the other. I'd be interested to hear the opinions of others, however.
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    Re: Drive Mapping vs, My Network Places (XP SP1 &

    <hr>Folder Options box un-checked for automatically checking for network shares. <hr>

    Where do I find that setting? I'm always looking for ways to speed things up on our office network.
    Daisy

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    Re: Drive Mapping vs, My Network Places (XP SP1 &

    In Windows Explorer: Tools, Folder Options, View. It should be right at the top of the list.
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    Re: Drive Mapping vs, My Network Places (XP SP1 &

    Do you know if there's a way to change this setting using Group Policy? I may want to change this for our entire network. Thanks.
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    Re: Drive Mapping vs, My Network Places (XP SP1 &

    Sorry, I am not familiar with tinkering with group policies. Let's see if another Lounger can make a recommendation...

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    Re: Drive Mapping vs, My Network Places (XP SP1 &

    You would need to create a custom administrative template that sets
    <code>HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCur rentVersionExplorerAdvancedNoNetCrawling</code>
    to a value of 1

    Have a look at this thread for an example.

    StuartR

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