I have a laptop with Windows 8.1 Enterprise that I am allowed to take with me and use at home. I am a local administrator on it. The problem that I am having is that when it connect to a working WiFi connection to the Internet. It runs really slow. I am guessing that it is desperately trying to find the My Documents folder which is on a shared folder on one of the domain servers. I have to turn off the WiFi radio everytime I log in to Windows or open any program. When it's done I turn back on the WiFi radio.

Is there a way to lower the timeout or let it know that it's on a public network which is not the home base or something?

  • Have you actually confirmed the reason its slow is because its trying to find the shared drives?
    – Ramhound
    Apr 3, 2015 at 18:02
  • When I open Word for example it pauses for a long time while it looks in my documents folder. As soon as I turn off the WiFi radio it continues normally.
    – Rick
    Apr 3, 2015 at 18:16
  • When you navigate to a subfolder of your My Documents folder, what is the full path shown in File Explorer's address bar when you click into it? Jun 22, 2015 at 2:58
  • My documents folder is redirected to a shared folder on a network drive.
    – Rick
    Jun 24, 2015 at 13:31

1 Answer 1


Get your IT staff to create a local user on the laptop that you can use when you're off the network. That way it's not looking for domain controllers and networked user directories, etc.

  • I have a local admin user in the laptop and it is slow as well while on the Internet.
    – Rick
    Apr 3, 2015 at 18:17

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