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Windows for Workgroups: 32-Bit File Access Is Slow with MSIPX

Article ID: 107372

Article Last Modified on 10/15/1999


  • Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11

This article was previously published under Q107372


If you are running Windows for Workgroups 3.11 with MSIPX, you may experience a five-second delay when you start applications from the Windows graphical user interface (GUI). This delay occurs only if you have 32-bit file access enabled on a hard disk drive controlled by the real mode mapper (RMM.D32). In this situation, Windows may also load more slowly. This delay does not occur when you start MS-DOS applications from an MS-DOS virtual machine (VM).

Real mode mapper controlled drives include drives that are incompatible with 32-bit disk access and drives that have been compressed with a disk- compression program, such as MS-DOS 6.2 DoubleSpace or STAC Electronics' Stacker. (MS-DOS 6.0 DoubleSpace is incompatible with 32-bit file access).


To work around this problem, do one of the following:

  • Upgrade MSIPX to Novell ODI drivers. This is recommended for Windows for Workgroups 3.11/Novell NetWare users. ODI should provide faster access to NetWare servers and improve Windows for Workgroups performance.


  • Disable 32-bit file access.

For more information, please query on the following words in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

32-bit file access and ne2000 and odi

Additional query words: dblspace 3.11 hangs locks hesitates double- click start launch 3rdparty

Keywords: KB107372