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Domain Computer takes a long time to login


Login process should be quick and fast, so every user will be happy and start the day smoothly.

But not every day is a new year’s day and there are times that things will just go south and some issues will surface.

Enabling verbose login in local group policy will definitely help to troubleshoot which part of the login process the system halts and takes a long time to process.

Folder redirection for some reason will cause an issue that will take time to load the desktop or causes a login issue.

There are quite a lot of reasons why a GPO takes time to process, and causes login issue.

But if a computer or workstation has been working fine and all of a sudden gives a logon issue; no changes has been made on the server or GPO. Then an issue could occur at the workstation or client side.

One solution that might work on this kind of scenario is to open an elevated command prompt and issue this command on the problematic user computer:

Netsh winsock reset


Normally, the command above is issued if there is no internet connection or there is a winsock corruption. So, don’t run the command if it is not necessary to do so.

Type, the command above and reboot the computer if everything works fine then the logon issue will disappear and login will be quicker.


If it doesn’t work, try updating the network driver of the computer. If the PC uses Intel chip download the Intel Driver Update utility and update network driver.

Or try rejoining the workstation or computer to the domain. Login as local admin, change from domain to workgroup. Reboot the PC, login as local user then shutdown. Power-on the computer again, change the settings from workgroup to domain. If everything goes well, logon will be fast.

If still doesn’t work then need to troubleshoot for other issues.


Enabling verbose login on the client OS will help to check which policy is causing the issue, to isolate the policy go to Group Policy Management Console or GPMC, click the "Delegation" tab and click on "Advanced". Add the user  account or computer then, untick the "apply policy" option or tick the "Deny" option so the policy will not be applied.




Cheers..till next time!



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