Windows 7 Redirected Start Menu intermittent
Just slowly working our way through a few bugs after our complete upgrade to Windows 7 over summer.
One particularly random issue we have (and confirmed mostly to one ICT room) is that random students will have a problem whereby their START menu shows the folders for the different deprtments (ie IT, ART etc) but no program shortcuts within. They still get thier home drives mapped ok so not, at a guess, the machine not connecting to the network at login...but then again..
It's basically a GPO that redirects the start menu to \\server\studentstartmenu$
I have tried the following and will await test results:
Disabled the Offline files on server side for studentstartmenu$ share
In that room I have turned off 'allow the computer to turn off the device to save power' on the NICs
Turn off TCP/IP offload on the Nics
However, I have known these PCs in these ICT rooms historically had issues with NICs whereby if they (NICs)were ran at 1Gb machines will randomly drop off the network requiring a reboot even with XP (I have now upgraded the whole school with Netgear GS724TS) - I have found Windows 7 less tolerant to network hardware issues and will drop drives etc vs XP, as an observation...
Anyone else have any suggestions? Could it be Network issues? It would be rather embrassing though since I spent the summer replacing the Core and all the edge switches.
PS Most of the issues I'm having are with that type of PCs (built by unknown brand a few years back...we have Dells and Novatechs in other ICT rooms running Win7 with few if any issues at all)
Thanks as always
Ps students are using Local Profiles at the moment, until I get mandatory profiles working properly