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When updating a repository using Tortoise SVN, Explorer on Windows XP tends to choke and freeze in regular intervals. Something like 4 seconds freeze, 1 second fluent work.

I imagine this may be caused by the (too many) svn:externals? Is this a known issue? Do you know of a way to fix this?

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This is a known issue

XP contains a known bug that causes the CPU usage to spike to 100 percent when you access the context menu under certain configurations. This bug causes file-copy operations to halt, network connections to slow, and streaming media (e.g., audio, video) to become distorted.
To work around this bug, you need to disable the GUI's transition effects by performing the following steps:

  • Start the Control Panel Display applet.
  • Select the Appearance tab.
  • Click Effects, then clear the "Use the following transition effect for menus and tooltips" check box.
  • Click OK to close all dialog boxes.

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    Does this require a reboot? –  mafu May 19 '10 at 10:07
        
    I always say a reboot doesn't hurt –  admintech May 19 '10 at 13:02
        
    I'll try and and accept if it solves the issue :) Thanks! –  mafu May 19 '10 at 13:52
        
    It turns out this did not help :( –  mafu May 26 '10 at 14:23
        
    Is the problem still occuring –  admintech May 27 '10 at 7:54

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