How to Disable the Auto Search for Network Folders and Printers

View Tutorial This step-by-step visual guide will show you how to disable the sometimes annoying Windows XP feature that automatically adds network folders & printers which you may already have installed on your system. Doing this will prevent the computer from having printers that are no longer on the network to stop appearing as well as preventing the same printer listed twice. This feature is enabled by default. Your computer will periodically scan other computers on the network and automatically lists their shared resources on your computer. The problem arises when you already have that resource setup manually and it lists that resource again. This can lead to confusion, so if you wish to avoid that confusion, while speeding up browsing time, follow the directions below.

1. Open ‘My Documents’

2. Click on the ‘Tools > Folder Options’

3. Click on the ‘View’ Tab

4. Uncheck the ‘Automatically search for network folders and printers’ checkbox

5. Click ‘Ok’ and Restart your computer!