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I have two computers, one Windows Vista SP2 that hosts a network share folder, and a Windows XP SP3 netbook that access this share. When I try to access the share on the XP computer, Explorer (and everything related to it) freezes solid for a good 5 minutes, and then suddenly starts working. Once it starts working, it works fine.

This share has 6,382 files among 442 folders totaling 1.74 GB. I can stand to clean out the folder, but I'd like to figure out why it freezes for so long when I access it.

A sidenote that may be related is that the XP netbook does not have permanent Internet access, but the Vista box does.

Thanks for any assistance.

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Run ProcessExplorer (technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653) on XP and look if the Explorer causes high CPU usage while hanging. –  magicandre1981 Mar 23 '13 at 7:10
    
There was almost no CPU usage on explorer.exe - and ProcExp couldn't get any info about threads or TCP/IP stuff. It was reading about 5.1 KB/s in "Other", though. –  smc_gamer Mar 25 '13 at 16:46

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