How to Disable Net Crawl Functionality

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This article describes how to disable the net crawl functionality that is included with Windows Millennium Edition (Me).

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To disable the net crawl functionality:

  1. Double-click My Computer.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.
  3. Under Advanced settings, click to clear the Automatically search for network folders and printers check box.
  4. Click Apply, and then click OK.
NOTE: If the preceding steps do not disable the net crawl functionality, change the NoNetCrawling data value to 1 in the following registry key:

For additional information about net crawl functionality, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

256248 My Network Places Net Crawler Functionality

Article ID: 276322 - Last Review: Jun 19, 2014 - Revision: 1