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Laptop with WinXP. Just reformated, complete install of XP with all packs/patches from MS. Admin login is fine. user login is normal when connected to company network. but when login not on network, takes about a minute to get off the login screen, the desktop background comes up, but about another 30-60 seconds before normal icons and start bar come up. Ideas??
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Welcome to the forums tjeffco.................:D

It is probably taking longer because it's trying to find the network before logging on.
 

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If you aren't connected to a network, but are configured for it, you have about a 30-60 second delay while the DHCP client looks for a DHCP server to obtain an IP address from. If you're going to be booting it a lot, disable the network connection until you're back in the office connected to the network.
 

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Not to hijack ... but I thought that the DHCP request was made in the background. I've never had this kind of issue with any of my machines .. unless ... roaming profile?
 

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Thanks all for the info. We have never had this delay problem before. Usually the login is fast. I understand it has to time-out before using cached credintials. Is there a setting that alters the wait time?
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There probably is a setting, but I don't know where it is. :) Just disable the NIC in Device Manager and see if that speeds things up.
 
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