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Does anyone have any idea why ipconfig on Windows XP might take a 10-20 seconds to finish? It’s causing a timeout issue for me in an application.

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is this just ipconfig, or are you specifying flags (/release & /renew can be slow for reasons mentioned below) –  voretaq7 Feb 8 '10 at 19:17
In addition to wanting to see some more details I'm particularly curious as to why ipconfig (as opposed to the separate network connectivity issue) affects an application. –  John Gardeniers Feb 8 '10 at 21:32

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Most of the time when I've had ipconfig be slow, it's been because there's an issue contacting the DHCP server - whether it was because the server was down, or because there was an issue with the client box was irrelevant (and also unreported by ipconfig).

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Reverse DNS? Are your DNS servers working correctly?

Are you using any other options such as /all, or /release, /renew like Harper suggested?

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How is DNS relevant? –  John Gardeniers Feb 8 '10 at 21:31
Yes, I'm using /all –  JonF Feb 8 '10 at 23:49
I thought ipconfig did a reverse DNS lookup on your IP address to get your hostname. Could be wrong though, it's been a few months since I had anything to do with Windows networking. –  Andy Shellam Feb 9 '10 at 19:19

When I read your question it sounds as if you are calling ipconfig from within an application? If so, how do you call ipconfig?

Is it as slow if you use ipconfig from a bare cmd.exe shell?

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