Solved XP taskbar and Icons sometimes don t load (after install)

November 8, 2012 at 05:28:40
Specs: Windows 7

I just install (from an image) a PC under XP at my work.
This is XP install + office + some basic soft (firefox, winrar,...) + updates.

Sometimes when the user switch on the PC, after the user+password,
he has a "applying computer settings" (longer as usual) after he has the "windows sound" and nothing... only the background.

The HD is not running... (the led doesn't blink) the mouse can move, but that s all.
Even alt+ctrl+del does nothing.

After 10-15 mns, the desktop loads and all is ok.

Other users on the same PC (administrator on local or administrator on domain) load very fast, and without
"applying computer settings"

That means the same PC with the same apps loads fast or slow depend of the account.
I could remove this account and reinstall it, but i d like to ear some advice before.


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November 8, 2012 at 20:56:54
First off, some questions:

Is the computer joined to the domain?

Was sysprep /generalize used on the original machine before the initial system image was taken?

Are you logging onto a domain or local user account when the slowness occurs?

If it is a domain user account, has the account been added to the local users or local admins group on the new workstation?

Have you checked the event logs for possible information as to the cause of the slowness? (Network errors, GPO errors, etc.)

Are you using folder redirection on any user folders? (Desktop, My Documents)

Are you using roaming profiles?

Do you have a complex login script?

Is the DC that the user is authenticating against local or remote?

Having the answers to these questions will help to point us in the right direction as to the cause of the slow login times.

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November 14, 2012 at 00:44:46
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Before answering to the question…
Apparently I have not "the" but "a" solution.
I disabled all the non-Microsoft services, and it seems to be ok.
I want to wait few days before I pass to the next step.

Also, my skills (I just start to work as IT) and the necessities at my work are not so high and usually if there is a prob here, or the user learns to live with, or they reinstall the OS.

About this PC.
The image is a generic image build for this kind of PC.
The user logs onto a domain.
Only a little script map some drives.
The user was added to the local admin group.
No folder redirection.

About Network errors, GPO errors, roaming profiles…
Or I don t know how to check, or I don t know what it is : )

For the present case, if all is ok without the non-Microsoft services, I will enable them one by one to locate the problem.

And finally, if you have some general advices about the job, (good sites for learning), they are welcome


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November 15, 2012 at 05:56:38
If disabling the non-microsoft services seems to resolve the login time issue, then you are correct in assuming that the issue may lie with one of the non-microsoft services. I assume that you did this in the System Configuration Manager (msconfig). If this is the case, then you are absolutely going about this the correct way.

As for sites to learn more, I would stick around here as we have many members who are very knowledgeable on many areas of IT. Also remember that Google is your friend. :)

Let me know if you need more help.

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