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One of my clients recently got a new laptop - I set it up and everything was working well.

Since then he has started to have a issue with Internet Explorer 8; when it first starts up, it takes a minute to load the first page, and then all others open fine.

During this minute he can open and close tabs, but all pages take a long time to load until the first one has completed loading.

Does anyone have any idea what is causing this, and any possible solutions?

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Have any add-ins or activex been installed? – Col Sep 17 '09 at 9:55
I will double check, but i doubt it – Lloyd Sparkes Sep 17 '09 at 9:58
up vote 6 down vote accepted

This is usually caused by IE's Tools -> Options -> Connections -> LAN Settings -> "Automatically detect settings" being checked. For some reason, figuring out what proxy to use on the network takes forever. Clear the checkbox, and if you have a proxy, type it in below. Otherwise leave the rest of the box unchecked and blank as well. That should get your first page coming up very fast.

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I think this will fix the problem, just waiting for client to get out of a meeting to test. – Lloyd Sparkes Sep 17 '09 at 10:54
this could definitely be the reason. However I don't think this is enabled by default in IE? – OrangeRind Sep 17 '09 at 16:06
just checked IE8 on another machine and that has it ticked by default. – Lloyd Sparkes Sep 17 '09 at 21:08

I've had this problem for years and finally fixed it:

In the browser window go to Tools > Internet Options > Connections tab > LAN settings. Untick the Automatically detect settings box.

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How is this answer different from the one posted a year earlier? – JoshP Dec 5 '12 at 15:24

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