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I have a laptop which is not associated with a domain (it's on the default "WORKGROUP"). When I log in, the computer hangs on "Applying your personal settings" for a very long time. Do you have any idea what I can do to fix this?

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check the Event Log, always a good place to start with, post more information if you find any errors. – Molly7244 Dec 16 '09 at 2:33
There are no errors on the Event Log – Jaime Garcia Dec 16 '09 at 4:00
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Have seen this in a couple of different cases.

System has a wireless and wired connection. Turning off wireless connection and assuring wired connection was properly configured resolved the issue. Never found satisfactory explanation but it worked.

Have you logged on as a different user? Same issue? If so, possibly a profile issue.

What happens if you log on in safe mode?

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Login on in safe mode is fast. Login in as a different user caused the same issue – Jaime Garcia Dec 16 '09 at 4:00
Try running msconfig and disable all startup items and try again. If that helps, work through list adding items one at time. It will take some time but may point to problem area – Dave M Dec 16 '09 at 13:06
Will try this and let you know. – Jaime Garcia Dec 16 '09 at 20:37

I've had this happen three different times.

One is the same answer as above, the wireless connector was trying to make a link to somewhere, and it just seemed to take forever. Turned the WL off, and it booted up pronto from then on.

Another was a wonky anti-virus update, Trend Micro, it was reported by a lot of Trend users, we weren't the only ones. Once we upgraded the Trend engine, the problem went away.

The third was using roaming profiles, a user up in Cairns (Queensland Australia), had take heaps of screen shots, using .BMP's. Created a couple hundred meg of desktop. The formula goes, 256k link + 200Meg Desktop + Roaming Profile = 10 minutes boot time.

I'm sure there's other ways it can be created. These are just the three I ran into.

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I have been in your same situation, eventually it recovers from the hang. Seems to be normal, depends much on the domain, and to a lesser extent on the laptop.

Does this happen with other domains?

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It's not on a domain, it's just on a workgroup (which is the default for Windows XP). The laptop is not part of a network. – Jaime Garcia Dec 16 '09 at 3:03

This happens to a lot of older computers. A less "elegant" solution may be to create a new profile and move files over from the old. It's "hacky" but might work and be quick. Then again it may not work for your situation.

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