Removing network connections from Windows XP

Is Windows XP starting up slowly, inconsistent in network connectivity, or can't establish the connections you want? If you are running Windows XP, you've likely been running it a long time, and the slowdowns you're experiencing are not unusual. And your system may benefit from deleting some unused or unneeded connections.

It's easy to do, and often a quick way to make your system perform better.

How to remove old connections
By design, Windows XP will try to connect to old network drives while you're loading programs or searching for files. (This OS will also look for network drives when you start your computer.) Because it happens behind the scenes, you won't see the OS trying to make these connections while you're waiting for Windows XP to respond. In fact, a slow computer might be the only way you might know that XP is trying to root out old network connections.

So if you have to wait a few minutes for a file, folder, or program to load on your computer, there is a good chance Windows is looking for a network connection. Here's how to get rid of them:

  • Click on the Start Menu.
  • Click on My Computer.
  • Click on the tools drop-down menu.
  • Select Disconnect Network Drive.
  • If you have no network drives, a message box will display "You have no network drives to disconnect".
  • If you see network drives displayed, simply select the drives that you are no longer using.
  • After you've selected the unused drives, click on "OK" to remove them.
  • Restart the computer

You should see Windows XP running a lot faster this time around. And you should experience a big difference in the way your programs load. Plus, your files will be easily located and loaded.