HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Data type


Default value


0 | 1



Determines whether the system detects slow connections between this computer and remote servers that store roaming user profiles.




The system does not measure the time it takes for a server storing a user's profile to respond. Users must wait for their server-based profile to become available.


The system times the server's response to a request for a user's profile. If the server does not respond before the value of the SlowLinkTimeOut entry expires, the system offers the user the option of either using a version of the user profile saved on this computer or waiting for the server-based profile.

This entry together with related entries in this subkey describe a strategy for managing user profiles residing on remote servers. In particular, they determine how the system responds when a remote profile loads slowly.

Consider setting this value to 0 if server-based profiles are desired, even if downloading the profile over wide-area-network or dialup-networking connections causes logon delays.

Change method

To change the value of this entry, use Group Policy. This entry corresponds to the Automatically detect slow network connections Group Policy (Computer Settings\Software Policies\Windows NT User Profiles).

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This entry can be superceded by a Group Policy included in Windows 2000. While the Do not detect slow network connections Group Policy is enabled, the system ignores this entry. The Do not detect slow network connections setting is stored in the value of SlowLinkDetectEnabled .

Windows 2000 does not add this entry to the registry. You can add it by editing the registry or by using a program that edits the registry.

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For detailed information about particular Group Policy settings, see the Windows 2000 Resource Kit Group Policy Reference.

For general information about Group Policy, see Windows 2000 Server Help or Windows 2000 Professional Help.

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