Long delay before files appear in My Computer in Windows XP

When you click Start and then click My Computer, or when you double-click My Computer on your Windows desktop, Windows may search (a flashlight may appear) for a long time (for example, 5 minutes) before files appear. To resolve the problem, try this:

For more information, and for other workarounds, see Q819017

To accomplish this via command-line:

NET STOP STISVC  (This stops the service)

SC CONFIG STISVC START= DISABLED (This sets the Service startup type to disabled)