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Delay Occurs When Unlocking Workstation (Windows NT/2000)

Sometimes a noticeable delay occurs when the logged on user or an administrator attempts to unlock a workstation. This because when you unlock the workstation Windows will update the domain list if the cached list's age exceeds two minutes (by default). This age limit can be modified.

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Open your registry and find the key below..

Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, named "DcacheMinInterval" and set it to equal the new cache time-out in seconds (decimal).

Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|DcacheMinIntervalREG_DWORD0x000000f0 (240)|
|HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVers...|
Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
Value Name: DcacheMinInterval
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: 120-86400 (decimal) (expressed in seconds)

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Last modified: January 7, 1999