I have been trying to cut a lot of fluff out of Windows XP. In our enviroment the machines are running slow and logging onto the network is taking a long time due to the number of policies we are applying at login that modify various regitry settings for various reasons.
What we want to do is take all of these policies away from the server at login and actually implement them in a master image and then reimage all the PC's with this image.
What I would like to know is if we create an image with all sorts of customizations and then deploy it ultimately would there be a speed difference between using Regedit or GPEDIT (and Modifying the Local Policy) to tweak the Operating System in terms of overall performance, bootup etc...
In other words if we apply all of our customizations through Regedit would that be faster then using GPEDIT on the local machine to apply a local policy of those customizations. I am looking to squeeze every possible bit of performance out of the O.S. and I am wondering if there is any difference. I am guessing the policy would be slower because the O.S. has to look through all the policy settings and apply on the fly versus it being hard edited into the system. But I want to know if anyone has a solid answer on this.