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Taskbar Pause (35 Sec) After Switching User

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#1 tpot1


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Posted 22 July 2008 - 10:20 AM

I use fast user switching frequently. But recently, every time I switch to my particular user it takes approximately 35 seconds before the task bar is usable and the system tray is displayed. Running programs are usable during this time and alt-tab also works. Of 5 users on this PC, mine is the only one to have this problem.

In order to reproduce this all I have to do is switch to a different user then "switch user" back to the welcome screen then log in to my user. It does it every time.

During the 35 second pause there is no additional cpu activity and no additional disk activity. there might be some additional network activity but not noticeable.

The problem has only started happening recently. I've been trying to rack my brains as to exactly what changed at exactly that time. The most significant changes recently are (i think):
1) I installed a second 500GB harddrive and moved my personal folder onto it (the one normally under documents and settings). I changed all of my file references in the registry to point to the new location, including my ProfileImagePath. This is nothing new to me, all of the users on this pc have a non-default location for their documents and settings (and they don't have this problem).
2) I installed XP Service Pack 3.

I've run Tcpview, but there's nothing in there that looks suspicious.
I've run ShellExView but a lot of the stuff in there means nothing to me.
I've run Ccleaner, RegCure and Registry Mechanic, but I still have the problem.

So what is causing this. Is there a hook or registry key that can invoke something to run every time you switch to a user?

Thanks for your help.

Microsoft Windows XP
Version 2002
Service Pack 3
Intel® Core™2 Quad CPU
Q9300 @ 2.50GHz
2.50GHz, 3.24GB of RAM
AntiVirus - Avast 4.8 home
Anti-spyware - XoftSpySE v4.33
Firewall - built-in windows XP
Network - Cable modem through Dlink router using newtork address translation.

Edited by garmanma, 22 July 2008 - 12:03 PM.

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#2 tpot1

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 11:54 AM

Hi Garmanma.

I Only added the Hijackthis log for completeness. someone was bound to ask for it.

I don't think this is a security / malware / spyware issue. So now I think my post is in the wrong forum.

Shall I repost the question without the hijackthis log?

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 12:01 PM

I'll do that for you
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