Change WinXP logon performance-enhancement feature

Windows XP logon performance enhancement is a default feature that prevents a computer from waiting for Group Policy processing. Find out how you can work around this feature.

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 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, 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 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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