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    In plain English what does "Startup policy processing wait time" mean???

    Had some problems with new fast (w/ SSD's) computers not applying software install policies.

    When I set the Startup policy processing wait time to 20 seconds all was fine...

    Read a few forums that this was the fix but I need to know as the explanations were not clear exactly what Startup policy processing wait time does.

    Thanks

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    It's a delay time before processing the startup side of any group policy.

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    If I remember correctly the wait time is there to allow the policy to completley down load before it is processed. There is a danger that if the policy has not fully downloaded when processing sarts you will be left with an incomplete policy or at worst the policy will fail altogether. I do think though that this was related to network issues rather than PC issues. I suppose that if you have a very fast PC and a slow network this work make the situation worse.

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    What I don't understand is if the default wait time (which I think it is for win7) is 30 seconds, how shortening the time makes the policies apply, I would have thought giving a longer time would be necessary so I am slightly confused....*again! :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by kennysarmy View Post
    What I don't understand is if the default wait time (which I think it is for win7) is 30 seconds, how shortening the time makes the policies apply, I would have thought giving a longer time would be necessary so I am slightly confused....*again! :P
    Shortening it doesn't help, it makes it worse.
    You need to make it longer.
    Windows 7 Clients intermittently fail to apply group policy at startup
    The value specified should be sufficiently long enough to ensure that the connection is made. During the timeout period, Windows will check the connection status every two seconds and will continue with system startup as soon as the connection is confirmed. Therefore, erring on the high side is recommended. But be advised, if the system is legitimately disconnected (i.e., disconnected network cable, off-line server, etc), Windows will stall for the entire timeout period.

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    That's what I thought but setting it to 20 seconds solved my issue:

    And here also:
    Group Policy software installation fails to install on Windows 7
    Check the last posts by users "btenney" and "FDDCH"

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