On a college campus, we have many machines in a handful of computer labs. Most run Windows 7, some are still on XP. We use Deep Freeze to ensure that when a computer is rebooted, it is back to the state we originally put it in.
We do not use roaming profiles. When a domain user logs onto a machine, it takes a considerable amount of time get to the desktop, as the local profile needs to be built for that user. It is my understanding that a large chunk of this time is much of the software installed creating user preferences (using the default profile RunOnce registry keys), just as it would after a reboot post-installation.
Because of Deep Freeze, even if the user logs on to the machine frequently, their profile still needs to be rebuilt, as the system goes back to a state where their profile doesn't exist upon reboot.
The default profile itself only weighs in at 5MB.
I thought I saw a tool awhile back to optimize this process, but I cannot remember the name of it, or find something similar.
How can I optimize the first logon of a user so that it finishes quickly?