Slow domain login on Windows 7

Had a client whose login to the domain took upwards of 40 seconds on his Windows 7 machine.  Oddly, completely deleting the profile from his workstation didn’t fix the issue – even after setting up the profile anew after first domain login, it still took upwards of 40 seconds.  Just as oddly, other profiles on the domain didn’t have the same issue on his workstation – they logged in in less than 10 seconds.

Never did figure out what caused it, but I did find a cure –

  • Run gpedit.msc.
  • Go to computer configuration.
  • Go to Administrative templates.
  • Go to System.
  • Go to User profiles.
  • Enable “Set maximum wait time for the network if a user has a roaming user profile or remote home directory” and set to 0 seconds

Problem solved; the user could now logon in less than ten seconds.

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Jim Salter

Mercenary sysadmin, open source advocate, and frotzer of the jim-jam.

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