Windows Explorer takes so long to start – too long

When you search the Internet for answers to questions like “Why does Windows Explorer take so long to start” or “Windows Explorer takes too long to start” you’ll find thousands of hits. One I can recommend for a nice overview is here:

As mentioned in the article the cause usually is that Windows stumbles over a remote connection i.e. a mapped network drive that became invalid or unreachable. HOWEVER, what many overlook is one very important Explorer setting:

Tools -> Folder Options -> View -> Automatically search for network folders and printers

Activating this flag may easily slow down the start of Windows Explorer by 30-40 seconds!

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