I've been utilizing Emacs at work for over a month now and have had a very pleasant experience so far. The launch time has traditionally been south of 5 seconds even with my admittedly non-optimized
But that all changed last Thursday. Something happened that caused the startup time to skyrocket to a frankly unbelievable 43 minutes. I wish I was kidding.
I have already tried launching Emacs without a config file. This yielded an approximately 7 minute or so start up time.
Googling has turned up several posts regarding Emacs being slow due to not being able to determine it's host's FQDN. To this end I have disconnected myself from my work's network (unplugging the ethernet cable itself and also disabling the adapter from the OS). This resulted in normal load times (sub 5 seconds).
This appears to be the source of the issue, but I have no idea where to begin looking to solve the problem itself.
Additional info: Windows 7 Professional 32bit running GNU Emacs 23.3.
Any idea where to begin on remedying this situation?