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Windows 7: Windows 7 64-Bit boots slow when network cable is connected

23 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
Windows 7 64-Bit boots slow when network cable is connected

Hi all,

I've searched the forums and found similar problems to what I'm experiencing, but nothing quite exact. I have Windows 7 64-Bit installed on a PC with a quad core Intel i7, 4GB/Ram, 128GB SSD, and Marvel Yukon 1Gbit network adapter (built into ASUS P6X58D), which is plugged into our office's Gbit network.

When I boot the system with the network cable UNPLUGGED, it boots up very quick, but when I have the cable plugged in, it gets stuck on the "Please wait..." screen for about 2.5-3 minutes before the windows login pops up and allows me to log into the system which leads me to think it has something to do with the network adapter. After I enter my login info, it takes another couple of minutes to load the desktop. I've tried the driver supplied by ASUS, as well as the driver provided by Windows Update, but I can't get it to boot fast like it does when it's unplugged. It's like it's trying to establish some kind of network connection before it allows the system to proceed.

The computer is being setup for the owner of the company I work for and telling him he has to unplug his network cable every time he reboots his computer is not an option lol.

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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23 Nov 2010   #2

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Click on start button . In the search box write msconfig and hit enter . You will get the system configuration window. Click on the startup tab thereto , and notice how many programs are starting up with windows. Reduce the burden . If you are not sure what are entries to be disabled, post a screenshot of that window here, somebody will tell you what to do .
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23 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Is the client machine a domain member. Getting network stored profile can often take longer than using cached profile. Also domain group policy objects or even local group policy objects can impact logon time there is one in particular called "Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon found in the local group policy management editor (gpedit.msc) here.
Local Computer Policy->Computer Configurtion->Administrative Templates->System->Logon
Also if you are certain the your network has an end to end gigabit solution in place including cat6 cabling, consider setting the speed and duplex of your card manually to 1000 full, just to see if there is an issue with autonegotiation.
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23 Nov 2010   #4

windows 7 ultimate 64bit

i found this solution in another thread about slow logon to a domain:

" point the primary DNS address to the [COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]server's[/COLOR][/COLOR] IP, this would then allow for faster login times. I also set the server up to forward any requests outside my company to the ISP ([COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]router[/COLOR][/COLOR]) and it works great. "
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