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Windows hang for more than 20 minutes each day after starting it. Hangs at Welcomes screen

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This all happened after I created a GPO for testing a plug in deployment to my machine. However, I completely removed the GPO so it is no longer linked to my machine. Now, seems like the GPO settings is cached somewhere on my system because my system hangs each time I log in at the Welcome screen. I've checked Event Viewer, but cannot identify where it's hanging.  Is there anything I can check on my machine? I know that if I do not plug my machine to a network, I will not have this problem. But still, even doing that, it takes about 2-4 minutes to bypass the "Welcome.." screen and load into my desktop. This is a Windows 7 machine.
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After you remove the gpo, connect station to the network, and do a gpupdate /force at the station CMD prompt
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Have you tried reverting to the Restore Point made closest prior to the GPO change?
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If it is a GPO that causing the issue, you need to consider if the particular GPO setting you set tattood the system. These settings will not disappear even if you delete the GPO. These include registry settings, etc. that you have not setup properly to remove once not applied anymore.

Look at the GPO events.

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askperf/2008/03/11/group-policy-logging-on-windows-vista/

You can also turn on User Environment debug logging, in spite of what the article tells you it will tell you a lot of useful information. It will for example show you each setting being deleted and written by user GPO processing. See this article here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/4506.group-policy-debug-log-settings.aspx. There is a Windows 7 section at the bottom.

Mark Russonovich also has a good article on diagnosing slow logons using the Sysinternals tools.

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/markrussinovich/2012/07/01/the-case-of-the-veeerrry-slow-logons/

Here are some additional articles from MS on slow logon tools and potential causes.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/10128.tools-for-troubleshooting-slow-boots-and-slow-logons-sbsl.aspx
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/10130.root-causes-for-slow-boots-and-logons-sbsl.aspx
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I would suggest you enable verbose GP logging https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc978342.aspx

Also are you using a GPP to map printer using a security group filter based on workstations? I have seen many of delays in doing this
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I've checked Event Viewer\Applications and Services Logs\Microsoft\GroupPolicy\Operational logs but cannot identify any errors during the time of boot. If I recreate my windows profile, would that help? Blow out my old, and create a new one.
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Did you enabled the verbose GP logging as suggested?

Also what settings were you applying via GP?

Do you have anything listed under HKLM\Software\Polices? If so try to delete it then reboot.
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I've enabled verbose GP logging
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Here is what i show listed under HKLM\Software\Polices.
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The settings that were applied via GPO when this issue happened when trying to deploy an MSI (Mimecast plugin) to my machine.

After enabling verbose GP logging, here's what i see in the debug folder. Looking at the netlogon.log and PASSWD.LOG, they are both blank.  What next?  System seem to take 20 minutes to load Windows.
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Create a directory in there called UserMode.

Once the path exists the file should create. Can't recall if it creates the directory automatically.

C:\Windows\debug\UserMode
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Done. So what am I looking and what will happen the next time I reboot? Is this to collect logs about what GPO has applied to my machine? If so, I should see some logs when I boot up tomorrow morning.
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System requested timeout close
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