Microsoft Windows Picture and Fax Viewer loading VERY slow–SOLVED

A user today was having problems loading a picture he copied from a camera to his Windows XP desktop, and Windows Picture and Fax Viewer was sitting at something like “Generating Preview…” for a minute or two, and locking up Windows Explorer.  Oddly enough, pictures from “My Pictures” loaded without a problem.   After what seemed to be a ridiculous amount of time troubleshooting camera settings, turns out the problem is not with the images, or the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer….. the culprit…  (wait for it) … was a old shortcut to a dead network share on his desktop.  As soon as I deleted the dead shortcut, the pictures loaded as normal.

Way to go Microsoft!

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