Windows XP Login locks up

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My company moved to AD with Windows 2003 Server in June. Prior to this we were an NT 4.0 shop. We are using Windows XP Pro on the desktop. We have approx. 30 PCs out of 400 that lock up when logging in. Screen goes white and the fields for the username and password are still visible. Sometimes the user can put in their password and hit enter but it just locks. If the user waits long enough it will finally authenticate. This is usually 5 minutes or more. Most users restart computer after it locks and then it logs in with no problems. We did not have this situation prior to AD and wonder if it is related. A consultant at our company thought it was probably our antivirus software kicking in before authenication but we have used this software for quite awhile and the lockup is limited to about 30 Windows XP machines. All 400 computers use DHCP. Some are running SP2. Any help would be appreciated.
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Its an XP configuration problem most likely.

XP by default doesn’t load networking until after startup has completed – this is what causes these delays. To fix it you have to enable “Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon” with Group Policy Editor on the local machine as this is only an XP policy object.

To fix it: Click Start>Run> type MMC> click File>Add/remove snap-in> click Add – select group policy object editor > Add > Finish > Close > OK.

go to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Administrative Templates > Logon. Change the “Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon” to ENABLED. EXIT – you don’t have to save the console unless you plan on using it again.

This should fix your problems – also make sure the DHCP server is the default gateway on these pc’s.

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