Folders containing files are slow to populate winxp [Fixed]


When you were browsing in a folder that contains files, such as AutoCAD Drawing files and others, the display is very slow to populate. This issue can occur if the Digital Signature option is enabled on a Windows® XP machine. This is expected behavior if you are using digital signatures. The display is slow to populate because the the status of the digital signature for each file is being verified so that the appropriate icon can be displayed.

If you don’t care about this (I don’t because 5 seconds and more for a folder to show its contents is ridiculous) then you can disable the verification process like this:

  1. On the Start menu (Windows), click Run.
  2. In the Run dialog box, enter C:\Windows\System32\AcSignOpt.exe.
  3. Click OK.
  4. In the Signature Validation Options dialog box, clear the “Validate digital signatures and display special icons” check box.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Verify that the population speeds for folders has improved.

You can thank me later or buy a Mac since Apple handles things much better.

Network Deployment of an AutoCAD Tool Palette

Posted in CAD Management by daniel on June 17, 2008 No Comments yet

Why do this?

  1. Enforcement/ease of use of company standard blocks/symbols, text, layers, assemblies etc.
  2. Ease of deployment in new versions of the product.
  3. Ease of when updating company standards in existing files by using the “Redefine” command found when right clicking a block in the ToolPalette.
  4. Security.
  5. It just makes sense.


  1. Work off a backup, I cannot be held responsible for what you do.
  2. This was done using Civil 3D but should transcend versions if available.

Now that that’s out of the way,

Start by getting the files you’ll need from “C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Autodesk\C3D 2009\enu\Support\” grab the whole “ToolPalette” folder and copy it to a network location that everyone using AutoCAD has access to.