39400: Registry Tweaks For Improving Performance On Win 2003 Servers

Last update: Wed, 2013-08-28 19:15

There are two registry tweaks specific to Windows 2003 servers which will improve performance under certain conditions. These changes are recommended for our customers who have:

  • A large number of files shared out.
  • Folders containing a lot of items (browsing large folders).
  • A lot of users or if the server is under heavy load.
  • Background processes that monitor the file system for changes such as Windows Search.


  • Windows Vista/2008/7 already sets these values as the default so there is no need to make changes.
  • A reboot is required for new settings to take effect.

1) Disable 8.3 name creation

More info can be found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/121007

2) Disable Last Accessed Timestamps

More info can be found here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc758569(v=ws.10).aspx