Open My Computer Faster

by on October 29th, 2007

If you have a computer loaded with a lot of data, Sometimes when you open My Computer, you get a waiting icon and takes sometime to open. This is usually the case with the machines which have low specifications (starting P4s or lower). This is because whenever you open My Computer, it searches for network folders, printers and shared files for scheduled tasks.

To make explorer stop searching for those tasks by default, there are two tweaks to be applied.

Open My Computer –> Tools –> Folder Options –> View –> Uncheck “Automatically search for network files and folders”.
Now Windows Explorer will not search for network files and folders by default.

Go to Run –> regedit –> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE –> Software –> Microsoft –> Windows –> Current Version –> Explorer –> RemoteComputer –> NameSpace, find the value {D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}. If it exists, delete it.

This is for searching for files for scheduled tasks. So it will not search for scheduled tasks once this value is deleted. These tweaks dramatically decrease “My Computer” opening time on my PIII machine.