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I have two machines running Windows 7 Enterprise, one of which has a shared folder. I open it on startup using a batch file that contains the following command:

net use \\myip\share /user:username password

Everything is fine and I can browse the share quickly; everybody is happy.

However when I open an XLS file in the shared folder on the remote computer, it takes a couple of minutes to open - meanwhile the green progress bar on the window's path location slowly fills up.

How can I speed up the process?

No strange antivirus or other software are installed.

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Is this issue isolated to the excel file.... how about similarly sized files?

Browsing is not network intensive like opening a file. The speed of your network is probably a lot slower than you thought it was. Fixing the root cause of the network slowdown will remedy the situation if it is persistent for all browsing.

We need more information:

  1. Only with excel files / or this single file
  2. Network infrastructure
  3. How about copying the file from the network share to the local drive, is that faster?
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1. I'll test and get back 2. Silly workgroup static ip based 3. Definitely: works without problems –  Pitto May 4 '11 at 16:51
    
The issue was isolated to a single excel file's: permission problem. Very strange indeed since the user we're talking about was admin :/ Everything is fine now: I've copied the file and deleted the old one. –  Pitto May 19 '11 at 10:24
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