Speeding up WebDAV performance

If you’re finding that accessing WebDAV shares is running extremely slowly (to the point of being almost unusable), check that the following setting is unticked in your Internet Explorer Options:

Internet Options > Connections > LAN settings > Automatic configuration > Automatically detect settings

IE LAN Settings dialog

IE LAN Settings dialog

I had this setting on on my machine (running IE9) and I found that disabling it made the world of difference to performance – my WebDAV drives became as snappy as anything.

For the record, I’m running Windows 7 x64 and haven’t tried (or experienced) this on any other machines.

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