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.


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?
  • 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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