How can I turn off/on connection ghosting?

A. Windows uses Ghosted connections for when a user doesn’t need or want an actual connection until there is a need for the connection to be utilized. Once the user uses the connection, Windows NT/2000 will make the necessary connection. In some instances, this technique can cause problems; for example, there will be a delay the first time that an inactive, ghosted connection is used.

To turn off the ghosting and eliminate the initial delay when connecting perform the following:

  1. Start the registry editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\NetworkProvider
  3. From the edit menu select New - DWORD value
  4. Enter a name of RestoreConnection and press Enter
  5. Double click the new value, set to:
    0 - Windows NT/2000 will ghost the connections
    1 - Windows NT/2000 will not ghost the connections. Windows will restore connections when the user logs in
  6. Click OK
  7. Close the registry editor
  8. Restart the computer

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