I was trying to find a way to speed up my boot times. My network seems to take about 30 seconds to initiate (from blue circle on icon -to- connected). I read bits and pieces of changing a default value in the registry, but I cannot find an answer. I am hoping some tweakers would know how to do it.
I am hardwired right into the modem/router combo. I was reading somewhere that the "Group Policy Time" or something is set to a certain value and can be changed. My system starts in 20 seconds, then takes another 30 to finally become active. I have seen many cases to where a system is booted in far less time. I have my paging file off, and booting with the RAM does not make it any faster. I only have about 5 critical apps open at start up. It is the Network taking its time in initiating.
If you can, switch your IP address to a static IP, vs DHCP In many cases, the act of getting a DHCP address from your router/modem is what's taking a while. In my experience, certain models of routers are faster than others at providing addresses, 20 seconds seems unreasonable for a wired connection though.
vista and 7 won't connect to a shared folder on an xp machine without password protection ( in my experience ) as soon as I added passwords to the account i was connecting to, i just signed in with the credentials on that account . ( i have to do this connecting to a windows xp machine with a shared printer )