Change WinXP logon performance-enhancement feature

Rod Trent, manager of myITforum.com and communities editor for TechTarget.com

Windows XP enables a logon performance enhancement by default. This prevents the computer from waiting for Group Policy processing before initializing the user environment.

To work around this feature, enable the menu item Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon Group Policy:

  1. Open the appropriate Group Policy Object.
  2. Expand Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | System | Logon
  3. Double-click Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon.
  4. Enable the policy and press OK.

Rod Trent, manager of myITforum.com and a Microsoft MVP, is an expert on Microsoft Systems Management Server. He has more than 18 years of IT experience -- eight of which have been dedicated to SMS. He is the author of Microsoft SMS Installer, Admin911: SMS, and IIS 5.0: A Beginner's Guide and has written thousands of articles on technology topics.

This article first appeared in myITforum.com, the online destination for IT professionals who manage corporate Microsoft Windows systems. It is also part of the TechTarget network of industry specific IT Web sites. The centerpiece of myITforum.com is a collection of member forums where IT professionals exchange technical tips, share their expertise and download utilities that help them better manage their Windows environments, specifically Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS).

This was first published in June 2005

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