Fixing NT Slowdown
There are times when Windows NT slows down especially after several months of accessing files. Why? NT refreshes the last file update with a time stamp. If there are many files, NT's log file becomes full and impedes normal file access. If you have NT v3.51, you need to apply the latest Service Pack before using this fix. If you already have NT v4.0, you can use this fix right away. Please follow these steps:
- Run the Registry Editor, regedt32.exe.
- Make a backup copy of your registry.
- Select the following subkey: Hkey_Local_Machine\System|CurrentControlSet\Control\Filesystem.
- Pull down the Edit menu and click on Add Value. Then insert the name NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate with a REG_DWORD value of 1. Be sure to key the name in exactly as shown.
- Exit regedt32.exe and restart NT. For more information, go to search.support.microsoft.com/kb/c.asp and search for Article Q150355.
Your PC now should run a little faster when accessing files. Of course, using a good defrag application for NT will also provide faster access to your files.
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Extracted from InfoWorld 1 May 2000, page 52.
Date of last revision: 3 August 2001