WinXP Pro w/sp2 and all current updates.
No unusual background tasks running as I always am checking this.
Indexing Service disabled among other resource hogs.
Fresh Install of WinXP
My Computer...Windows Explorer...Control Panel and possible other MS drive searching apps have become incredibly slow scanning drives for files.
This only happens the first time I use them after a reboot...After that everything is normal. The Explorer Shell is fine..no slowness there...Internet Explorer is fine...no slowness there.
Other third party apps don't have problems scanning directories, which leads me to believe that explorer.exe or one of it's counterparts are the problem.
I've disabled searching for network files and printers but this didn't help.
I've check all hardware for possible errors and found none.
No disks are loaded in any removable drives...cd/dvd..etc.
The only possible clue I can give is that I installed this app called windvd and the problem seemed to occur after this. When I realized the problem I uninstalled this app and removed all registry entries dealing with this app.
The problem still exists.
I've had this before and repaired it but I can't remember how I repaired it.
As I said before everything is fine after the first use of these apps but the first time I use them after a fresh boot there will be the flashlite animation taking somewhere between 1-2 minutes before I see the results.
Hope I've stated this clearly...