When starting, it takes an extraordinarily long time to start windows. The boot goes through the "starting windows" screen quickly enough, but then it shows a blank desktop screen (just before the Login prompt) for about 2 minutes.
The machine is fast enough and has enough RAM. I assume that there must be some registry key that is incorrect.
Second problem is that the command prompt comes up to a mapped drive, N: which shouldn't be a problem, but when I try to do a ping use any other system tool, it indicates that the command doesn't exist...until I change the drive to c:\winnt\system32\ I cannot use any of those commands.
The "path" in the command prompt:
les\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel;C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adaptec Sha
red\System;C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\80\Tools\BINN;C:\aereader\BLUE
Any ideas on either problem?
We recently purchased 9 D600s, and all of them are having the slow boot symptoms the OP mentioned. I can say with confidence now that it's because of the Windows Critical Updates. Dell and Microsoft need to collaborate on this issue and fast.
TO DELL : Take a D600 out of a box with Windows 2KP, and boot it up. No noticeable problems. Then download all of the MS Critical Updates, and then see what happens. I'll bet money it'll happen to you too, and then you'll realize there's a real problem.
I experimented with a clean factory image and installing just SP4 from windows update causes the problem of no login screen for 1-2mins. We have 6 D600's and it would be nice to get a fix.
Thanks Brummer - that reduced my boot time tremendously. Since we do not use a WLAN here, I disabled the wireless NIC prior to SP4. I had boot issues, so tried BIOS upgrade. I looked at MS and Dell KB, and no clues. Your tips helped me.
I did not know about the switching service. Eventlog reported that hanging. Making that manual did it, but I disabled in BIOS for extra good measure. I am sure there will be a Dell/MS fix sometime to rightly resolve the issue, but you saved me some face with the users. ("you bought us a slow computer...")
For extra good measure, I went My Computer/Properties, and changed the boot delay to 5 seconds instead of 30.