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Applying computer settings takes 5 minutes before user see desktop

A user (not all users) is having a problem that when he logs into his laptop running Windows XP SP3, it gets to the applying computer settings and waits there for 5 minutes before he sees his desktop. I have re-newed his IP Address, all DHCP information is correct. I have Flushed the IPConfig cache and cleared off all temp files in his profile. DNS is working fine.
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Chris DentPowerShell DeveloperCommented:

Any policy application errors in the Event Log? Do you see any errors if you run RSOP.msc (Resultant Set of Policy tool)?

Shanmuga SundaramDirector of Software EngineeringCommented:
mcdonoghAuthor Commented:
shasunder :  the 2nd last comment on this solution was to re-install windows on the machine. Is there any way to solve this without re-installing windows ie: Hotfix / quickfix etc. This machine belongs to the CEO and to take his laptop away to re-install every thing is not an option.
this problem is a typical "timeout" problem, we have it too, sometimes.
in 99% its a badly connected network in the explorer ...
- open explorer
- test EVERY connection under "my network places" (German: "Netzwerkumgebung"), remove every connection you don't need and/or you won't get a connection.
- test EVERY network drive and disconnect any network drives not in use and/or without reply.

if there is a "slow" (about 20 - 40 seconds to connect) connection you need: test DNS-entries (also reverse pointer!!) and your WINS-Database, perhaps there are stale entries ...

logoff and logon again, thats it ...

mcdonoghAuthor Commented:
The problem was that there was two entries for the machine name in the dns reverse lookup zone that the computer was in.
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