How to Configure Logon Script Delay In Windows 8.1

In Windows 8.1, as far as Group Policy Objects are concerned, Microsoft has made significant changes to improve system performance. Previously, we told you about the Group Policy Caching to speed up the logon process of the system. Today, in this article, we’ll discuss the way to delay the logon script  after the user has been logged in to the system.

Basically, when you are signed into the machine, logon scripts like registry changes; drive manipulations; user configuration scripts become active with immediate effect. So if these scripts have any issues in executing themselves, they won’t allow you to even get inside the system.

In my opinion, issues like Group Policy Client service failed the logon, can be avoided using the logon script delay setting. Allowing logon script delay on the other side will decrease the contradiction between various logon scripts running and the other tasks, which occur after signing into the system. It is the Task Manager, which confirms that the Windows Script Host does not run until 5 minutes after logging in. Once this wscript.exe starts, the logon script is processed as usual and mapping of devices started. I think now you have got the idea why configuring this logon script delay is important for some system administrators, so get on with it.

Configure Logon Script Delay In Windows 8.1

1. Press Windows Key + R combination, type put gpedit.msc in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor.

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2. In the left pane, navigate here:

Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates ->  System -> Group Policy

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3. Now your Local Group Policy Editor window should resume the one shown above, so in the right hand side, you have to look for the Configure Logon Script Delay setting which is Not Configured by default. Double click on this setting to get this:

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4. Moving on, in the above window, select Enabled the in the Options section you can specify the minutes Group Policy should wait the logon scripts to run after the user has been logged in. As clear from the policy explanation that if you select Disabled or Not Configured or Enabled and specify 0 minutes in the Options there, the logon scripts will run with immediate effect.After making your selection, click Apply followed by OK.

You may now close the Local Group Policy Editor and reboot the machine to make changes effective.

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.