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Weird logon/shutdown problem

by hairymon / September 15, 2006 2:55 AM PDT

In the last few days we have encountered a very weird problem randomly on Windows XP Pro workstations. Our server is Small Business Server 2003 (Server 2003, Exchange Server 2003, etc.).

After these computers log on, they almost "freeze" for anywhere from 5-30 minutes. You can barely do any work with them. If you wait eventually they will work normally. If you try to shut them down, it hangs on "Saving your Settings" for 5-10 minutes before shutting down.

Each morning different computers have this problem, while other Win XP Pro machines (including some that may have done this problem yesterday) are fine. The only hint/fix I have is if I reboot the server, all the workstations with the problem work fine, but the Microsoft Windows Update icon appears in the taskbar and suddenly does an automatic update (of the Malicious Software Removal Tool I believe).

Any thoughts/knowledge of experiencing this? Maybe I should shut off Automatic Updates, though from a security standpoint I'm very reluctant to. Thanks!

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Have you tried this setting?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 15, 2006 4:13 AM PDT
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We already had that problem
by hairymon / September 15, 2006 5:04 AM PDT

When we first converted from SBS 4.5/Win NT to SBS 2003/Server 2003 for our server, all the XP Pro machines had that problem and a network consultant who helped me set everyone up told me about that and we setup the computers that way.

Also, they "log in" fine, and things actually work for a few minutes after login, then things get slow or impossible to do for awhile.

Thanks though. Any other ideas?

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Oh, Hi Hairy.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 15, 2006 5:20 AM PDT

It appears that your problems never end. Maybe it's time to call Microsoft?


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