Improving Win 7 First Logon Times
I am looking for a way to improve the speed of a first time Windows 7 Logon for users. It currently takes about 50 seconds for the first time logon, and 15 seconds for subsequent logons with the user profile present.
I found this post: https://communities.vmware.com/thread/292229 on VMWare forums which mentions deleting the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Active Setup registry key, but I am a bit wary of doing this as I can't find any other posts which suggest doing this to speed things up.
I ahve not set up Roaming Profiles as I also have users with Offline Files setup and have a mixed Windows XP/Windows 7 network system, with the older machines still on XP. The server is 2008 R2.
I have also seen people mention using Liquidware ProfileUnity, which I can't see any price for so I image it is not cheap. Also another one called Forensit User Profile Manager, which again does not look like a cheap solution.
What I have also seen suggested is to copy everything into the default user profile - although no specifics on how to do this. I did read a MS article but it said it could only be done with a local account and not a network account.
A new profile is currently just under 27MB in size.
Does anyone have any solutions to reduce the time for the first time logon further?