Recently I’ve noticed my laptop going quite slow. For example, using Windows explorer and clicking on a folder resulted in a 40 – 60 second wait for the folder to show its contents.
Well, I’ve worked out by stopping the ‘DHCP Client’ service my PC goes like lightening again. I'm also using Windows XP.
To fix, you need to delete all Printers that are offline, and remove all mapped network drives.
Why does the ‘DHCP Client’ affect windows explorer? I don’t know, but Microsoft if your reading this, please fix it.