Internet Explorer Branding Policy Hang
I'm normally over in the hardware + virtualisation forums so hello to everyone here. :)
Quick question which some of you may be familiar with - if you configure Internet Explorer through group policy and/or have folder redirection, you may experience a 20 second hang during logon during with the logon screen saying 'Applying Internet Explorer Branding Policy'. There was a fix for IE6 and MS admit the issue, but it's still a problem on IE7 (and IE8 to my knowledge).
There are a couple of old threads about this on here and a few topics on various websites, but there's no definitive solution to the problem. IE6 could be fixed with a hotfix and registry edit, and I think you can fix IE7 by copying over the IE6 branding DLL and doing a registry hack.
However, we've got 800+ PCs here and this 20 second hang is by far the slowest part of the logon, even if people have large roaming profiles. Does anyone know of an easy to deploy fix for IE7 or IE8 for this issue?
Many thanks in advance for any help anyone can provide!