Wireless network problems
When looking at starting a new thread I observed this thread which directly relates to a problem we have.
When a laptop PC running Windows XP SP3 starts, if the wireless connection is enabled the 'Preparing Network Connections...' stage takes ages (often up to 1-2 minutes), then go through 'Applying computer settings...' which takes another minute or so. We find that if we just use the ethernet connection, and disable wireless, the 'Preparing Network Connections...' stage takes far less time (about 10 seconds on the faster Core 2 Duo laptops).
I have tried removing the policy 'Always wait for the network at computer startup' in a test bed, then tried logging in wirelessly, but all that happened was that Windows logged in and the wireless icon takes ages to appear. We have to have this policy enabled to ensure that the system starts with wireless working, but it adds a huge amount to the startup time.
I have never known a laptop PC running Windows Vista on the same network take this long to do this at startup with wireless enabled, and the wireless connects really quickly.
Does anyone have any clues as to why it is so much slower to prepare network connections with a wireless connection enabled on Windows XP? If anyone has any ideas as to what we can try to speed this up a bit, it will be much appreciated.