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Experiencing delays connecting Win XP Pro to a domain

I bought a Dell Latitude with Win XP Pro with SP1 installed. I'm having problems while connecting it to domain. It takes a long time to log on to domain and the users' shared directories with Read Write Permissions also takes minutes to get through.

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You may experience delays when logging into domains because of a Group Policy setting that controls how networking services are loaded during the boot up process. This speeds up the login process in a stand-alone workstation by allowing the user to log in with cached logon credentials before the network is fully ready, but can cause delays for a domain logon.

You can disable this through the Group Policy MMC snap-in. Under Computer Configuration-->Administrative Templates-->System-->Logon, change "Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon" to ENABLED.

This was first published in June 2004

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