Hung at applying computer settings

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Windows XP
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Incredibly frustrating issue. When booting, before logon, the system hangs at "Applying Computer Settings" indefinitely. It has been left for several hours with no change. If the network cable is unplugged, it will act normally up until login, where it will hang at "Loading your Personal Settings", this happens whether you log in locally, or to the domain (after reconnecting the network cable. Have checked DNS, have tried releasing and renewing the IP through safe mode (Interestingly, the system keeps grabbing 192.168.0.167 rather than something earlier in the scope, and I have tried netsh int ip reset resetlog.txt. I don't want to rebuild the system, as I have no guarantee that the problem won't still exist/come back. This started on Monday, system worked normally on Friday.

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Have you tried resetting the IP stack AND winsock with WinsockXPfix.exe? try that next. Here is a link:

This could also be a NIC issue. Try going into device manager, delete the NIC. reboot, then reinstall the drivers. If that works then fine. If not, then try the winsockxpfix as stated above.

Releasing and renewing usually won’t change the IP address and the reservation is still setup in DHCP. In order to force an IP change (which probably won’t fix your problem at all) release the IP on the workstation, then remove the entry for the machine from the DHCP server. Then renew the IP. That “should” give you a different IP address.

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You COULD try deleting the profile or creating a new LOCAL user account that has rights to log onto the system with the NIC unplugged and see if that makes it any better, but with it hanging at applying computer settings it sounds like it is having troubles applying a computer policy, potentially DNS is having issues.

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  • Jirvine
    By check the DNS, your DNS is set to the Active Directory server, correct? This should be the only DNS server listed. I have the exact problem your having when my DNS server is incorrect.
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  • Jerry Lees
    I don't think the IP address changing is going to resolve this issue. I've seen this on windows 2003 after applying service pack 2, but unfortunately I never got resolution without rebuilding the system. Essentially all the services (SQL, IIS, File shares, etc) worked fine, we just could not log on.
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