Slow Performance Accessing Files May Slow Office Programs

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A Windows 2000-based computer that is running Microsoft Office programs that use hyperlinks to access resources on another computer may operate more slowly than in previous versions of Windows.

When you use a hyperlink to open a file that is not stored on the local computer, it may take longer to open the file than in previous versions of Windows. This behavior occurs only in Office programs that use hyperlinks to access remote files. This information does not apply to standard file performance over the network or on the local computer; it applies only to the method that Windows uses to open remote hyperlinked files.
This behavior occurs because Windows 2000 calls the system GetLongPathNameW function instead of the function built into Ole32.dll itself for Microsoft Windows NT 4.0.
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
260910 How to Obtain the Latest Windows 2000 Service Pack
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Windows 2000.

This problem was first corrected in Windows 2000 Service Pack 1.

Article ID: 260943 - Last Review: 10/20/2013 19:40:10 - Revision: 3.2

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