"Applying Computer Settings"
Any ideas how to speed this process up a bit (if possible?). We've dumped our HDGuard (Deepfreeze-a-like) system and changed to mandatory profiles \ group policies for teaching machines over the summer and now I'm just trying to cut the boot time to desktop down to the minimum I can.
Timing it (with autologon)...
- from cold boot to XP loading screen disappear is 27 seconds or thereabouts
- you then see the blue logon screen background for about 10 seconds
- downloading personal settings for about 2-3 seconds
- Applying Computer Settings (with lots of associated HDD rattle) for a good 30 seconds
- Applying Personal Settings for approx 10 seconds
- then desktop appears, AV loads up etc total boot time around 1min30seconds - 1min45seconds
It almost seems like the Computer Settings policy is reapplying all the time even though it hasn't changed. Is this normal or is a setting wrong somewhere?
Btw: we use folder, desktop and Start Menu redirection and some startup scripts so that might have something to do with it... Synchronous Policy Refresh?