FIX: Slow Access to Network Shared Folders in Windows 10/8.1 (Solved)

Last updated on December 21st, 2020

After upgrading several computers to Windows 10, many users experience the problem of slow access to shared folders on the network. If you face a similar problem, continue below to learn how to resolve it. Problem in details: After you open a shared network folder in Windows 10 or 8.1, the contents of the folder take a long time to appear on your screen, while on Windows 7 computers the contents of the folder appear immediately.

This tutorial contains instructions to resolve the problem of the slow access to network drives in Windows 10 & Windows 8.1.

FIX: Slow Access to Network Shares on Windows 10/8.1.

1. Open Registry Editor. To do that:

1. Simultaneously press the Win image + R keys to open the run command box.
2. Type regedit and press Enter to open Registry Editor.



2. Navigate to this key at left pane:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanWorkstation\Parameters

3. Now look at the right pane if you can see a DWORD value named: DirectoryCacheLifetime

A. If you find the "DirectoryCacheLifetime" DWORD then double click on it and change its value data to 0

FIX: Slow Access to Network Shared Folders

B. If you don't find the "DirectoryCacheLifetime" DWORD value, then:

1. Right-click at an empty space on the right pane, and from the menu that appears, choose: New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

FIX Slow Access to Network Shares


2. Name the new value: DirectoryCacheLifetime and press Enter.

FIX: Slow to open network shares


4. Close the Registry Editor and restart your computer.
5. Normally, the slow access to network shared folders issue, should be resolved.


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