This is a recurring problem that I seem to have with many PCs I encounter. Very frustrating.
When you log on to Windows XP, the PC hangs. The wallpaper shows up, but no start menu, no icons. It hangs there for maybe 30 seconds - 1 minute.
Here's the fixes I've tried various times on different PCs - the group policy fix, where you change the "wait for network at logon" setting. I've tried it in safe mode. I've tried local vs. domain profiles. I've tried new profiles vs. pre-existing profiles. There really seems to be no smoking gun every time I encounter the issue..
..especially when it's my PC. I'm a control-freak minimalist, only have 20 processes running, no AV or spyware protection. The only thing I have noticed is that I've encountered it a lot on Dell Latitudes - a great laptop, in my opinion, that I reccomend to other clients. Only problem is, no matter how much time and effort you put into tweaking a PC for someone, all they see is that 1 minute freeze and think your work is trash.
Any ideas or suggestions very welcome.