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After you install Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), you may encounter one or more of the following symptoms.
Symptom 1When you start Windows XP, a delay of about 30 seconds occurs during the initialization of some network-based applications.
Symptom 2The roaming profiles cannot be loaded intermittently. When this problem occurs, the following event is logged in the Application log:
When Windows XP SP2 starts, there is a small time between network startup and Windows Firewall startup. To prevent the computer from being attacked during this brief time period, Windows XP SP2 uses the boot-time security policy. As soon as Windows Firewall is active, Windows XP SP2 loads the custom firewall settings and removes the boot-time security policy. This behavior makes your computer less vulnerable to attacks during startup and shutdown operations.
However, the boot-time security policy starts only the network services for basic networking tasks, such as Domain Name System (DNS) and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). Other network communications are blocked during system startup. When the computer tries to start a network-related service, Service Control Manager takes lots of time to return the results. This behavior occurs even if the service has already been started.
A hotfix is available to resolve this issue. This hotfix checks whether the network-related service has been started instead of using Service Control Manager to start the service.
Hotfix informationA supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.
If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.
Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=supportNote The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.
PrerequisitesTo apply this hotfix, you must have Windows XP SP2 or Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) installed on the computer.
Restart requirementYou have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement informationThis hotfix does not replace any other previously released hotfixes.
Registry informationImportant This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ )How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
To use this hotfix, follow these steps:
Additional requirementsTo use this hotfix, you must set the startup type for the following services to automatic:
File informationThe English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Windows XP with SP2, x86-based versions
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Windows XP with SP3, x86-based versions
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Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For more information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917730/ )You cannot create a network connection when you are starting a Windows XP Service Pack 2-based computer
895486For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/895486/ )Cross-subnet network resources are unavailable for up to 10 minutes after you restart a Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2-based client computer
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824684/ )Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
Article ID: 951624 - Last Review: October 28, 2009 - Revision: 3.0