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Windows 7 PC connecting to Windows Server 2003

Last Modified: 2012-03-12
My Client has a Windows 7 workstation which connects to a Windows SBS Server 2003. After login it take 20 minutes for the desktop to appear. The Vista workstations take about 20 seconds. Is there something that I can do to speed this up. It is frustrating to wait for 20 minutes for your workstation to sign in.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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I have clients with Windows 7 Pro both domain and off-domain. None take anywhere near 20 minutes.

Make sure Windows is Pro, not Home.

Go to Network and Sharing center, Advanced Settings, and make sure you are set for Home/Work and NOT Public. Then turn on Network discovery, File and Print, 128-bit encryption, Password protected sharing, and turn OFF Homegroup.

I turn off Sharing WIzard in Folder options as well.

Make sure the connection is wired and not wireless (at least for testing).

Take a look at these things, see if any progress, and let us know.

... Thinkpads_User
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.

Does this occur for only one user or all users that use this machine?

And does the delay occur when the user or users log off?
Abbas HaidarSenior Infrastructure Manager

to add on DBrunton, try to logon with a different user and i the NIC getting IP by DHCP as it should be?


Thank you for your answers. I was there yesterday and removed the Windows 7 PC from the domain and rebooted the PC. It took less then 2 minutes to boot up without the domain. I then added the PC back on the domain and after login it took about 2 minutes to get my desktop. I have been back there this afternoon and I rebooted the PC and it took about 5 1/2 minutes after login to get my desktop.
I installed some new software on this PC and I sat there for 32 minutes and it still did not get to the desktop before I had to leave, I will be there tomorrow morning when they open to see if it ever did boot up. It gets progressively longer at each reboot.
This is a wired network and the PC is running Windows 7 Pro. The Home Group is off. The other Windows 7 PC takes less than 2 minutes to login and the Vista Business PC takes less than 1 minute to login. Each employee has a PC Workstation each with their own UserName and Login Password. There are 4 workstations on the network. Does anyone think that a reinstall of Windows 7 would help?
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dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.

Abbas HaidarSenior Infrastructure Manager

usualy, there might be an application hanging requesting details from an online resource. use MSconfig to disable non-MS application on startup and see what happens!> if the machine starts faster, start by enabling start up programs one by one to detect which application is causing the problem.

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