|Hello, I just recently started getting terrible hangs at the "Loading your personal settings" prompt at logon, making my computer go from ~30 boot to ~5-6 minutes. So I went into a troubleshooting/research frenzy, and I got it down to this:|
Enabled verbose status messages for logon/logoff, and the hang occurs on "Restoring Network Connections". The hang is caused by an invisible error message that I can close if I alt+tab and hit enter/spacebar to dismiss, which ends the 'hanging'.
I set up a little Windows Workgroup to share the external hard drive that's plugged into my desktop with this laptop, through mapping it as a network drive. I have been using this setup for a long time with no problems.
I am not really interested in 'reformatting', 'repairing', 'restoring', etc. What I really want to accomplish is to figure out what is causing this error and resolve that cause. I have a clean disk image that I could resore but I would much rather fix this problem.
I scoured the internet looking for solutions or explanations but have only been able to find info pertaining to w2k servers and win95 machines and such.
This MS KB article 816873 explains pretty much exactly what I am experiencing, except my networked hard drive IS acessible and online, and the share ISN'T available offline (I have tried this both enabled and disabled).
A much more detailed account of the steps and research I have done can be found in this thread:
Help me troubleshoot 'Loading settings' hang on startup
If you need any more info, please let me know. I have done everything I know how to do at this point...I really need help on this one! It's over my head.
Thanks in advance!