Win 7 Pro x64 slow to set up network connection


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I have Windows 7 64-bit connecting to a hybrid Windows/samba network.

On boot, Win7 takes 1 - 2 minutes to negotiate a DHCP lease; set to a static, it takes about the same amount of time to connect. Other Vista and XP PCs connect in seconds. I have tried:

  • Replacing the switch
  • Enabling Spanning Tree Protocol and Fastport on the switch
  • Replacing the DHCP server/gateway
  • Updating the Win7 NIC drivers
  • Selectively disabling components in startup (removing the Nero components helped a bit)
  • Disabling IPv6 and Link Layer Topology drivers in Local Area Connection properties
  • Changing from one firewall (Forticlient) to another (COMODO) - both 64-bit
I've searched high and low for other solutions, but no success. Any advice would be appreciated.
 
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Ian

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Welcome to the forums Ironstone :)

If you boot in safe mode (where all the startup items are disabled), does this improve the connection speed?

Are you able to swap the NIC over to see if it's a compatibility problem?
 
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Kougar

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Just to toss some guesses out there, have you uninstalled your ethernet drivers and installed the latest ones, even if you are already using the most current drivers?
 

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