JSI Tip 10413. Some users log onto Windows XP much quicker that others in your domain?

Windows XP may not wait for the network to be fully available before a user can log on. This behavior, if applicable, results in much quicker logons. Windows XP does NOT wait for the network to be fully available, unless:

- The user has a roaming profile.

- The user has a redirected home directory.

- The user has a logon script applied.

- The user does not have a cached credential on this computer.

- The Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon group policy at Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / System / Logon is enabled.

This default Windows XP behavior can result in it taking 2 logons to effect changes to user objects, because group policy is applied in the background once the user is logged on. Software installation, Folder Redirection, changes to a roaming profile path, home directory path, or adding a logon script all may require 2 logons. If you wish to insure the application of the above changes with a single logon, Enable the Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon group policy.

NOTE: If the Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon is Not Configured, it can be enabled by setting the SyncForegroundPolicy Value Name, a REG_DWORD data type, to 1 at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon".



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