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Slow Logon

By ksummerville ·
I have several users on each of my 20+ machines. Some user profiles will logon immediately while others on the same machine will hang on "Applying settings" for 5 minutes. Some of these I have created new users and copied the files from the old ones to fix it but every once in a while a profile will start logging on very slowly for no reason. I check for spyware religiously but I find nothing. Any ideas???

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by mrjay67 In reply to Slow Logon

Sounds like for some reason their profiles are getting corrupted. Back up their data and delete the offending profile(s). Do not copy the data over until you log out and login a couple of times to check and see if it corrects the slow login.

As far as what would be corrupting them I dont know of anything specific. Could be too many temp files or too large temp internet size. I usually keep mine at 50-100MB just so its not to small but not gigantic. Could be any number of factors though(including a virus or spyware/malware).

If this works, but it starts happening again you might try deleting just 1 folder at a time to see which one might be causing the problem.

Also might do a scandisk/surface scan to make sure there arent some bad spots on the drive.

just some ideas,



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by NewITGuy In reply to Slow Logon

If they are in a domain, manually put the address of the DC in the TCP/IP properties of your NIC.

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by BFilmFan In reply to Slow Logon

Several questions for you.

Is this an Active Directory domain? If yes, see following questions.

Is the subnets that the clients are located in correctly assoicated with an AD site?

Does that AD site contain a domain controller?

Does that domain controller host a global catalog?

Are the workstations correctly registered and configured for DNS?

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by BFilmFan In reply to

Are these Windows Xp clients logging into a Windows 2000 domain? If so, see below:

Ensure You have Service Pack 1 Which fixed a bug for slow network browsing see

By default Windows XP searches for Network Shares and Printers to disable this follow this advice

If your connecting to a W2K Server it will autodiconnect Idle LAN connections after 15 Mins to disable this follow this for advice

The problem might be on the local machine Speed up XP by disabling indexing

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by BFilmFan In reply to

Slow copying Files from XP in a Domain Environment? See;en-us;321169

Slow Network Performance Occurs If You Copy Files to a Windows 2000 Domain Controller;en-us;321098

XP : speedup access to network shares:

Correcting System Hang at Startup

If your system hangs about 2 or 3 minutes at startup, where you can't access the Start button or the Taskbar, it may be due to one specific service (Background Intelligent Transfer) running in the background.

1. Click on Start/Run, type 'msconfig', then click 'OK'.
2. Go to the 'Services' tab, find the 'Background Intelligent Transfer' service, disable it, apply the changes & reboot.

The Windows XP Welcome screen appears to hang during 'loading your personal settings

How to Perform a Clean Boot in Windows XP

Slow logon to domain in XP Pro

Fast Boot / Fast Resume Design
BootVis.exe Tool

Is the machine slow logging into the a Domain? See

Make sure your server with DNS running is listed as DNS #1 in the TCP/IP settings and also see Microsoft article:

This fix has corrected the problems you discuss on more than a few machines.

These are quick fixes, the ones listed above are also great resources.

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by Jacky Howe In reply to Slow Logon

I recently had this problem when i forgot to redirect My Documents to the Home directory. One user had 300Mb in his profile. It was taking forever to logon.

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