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We recently had a DC crash out, fortunately(?) not our GC, so we removed it from AD, and DNS.

Most of the machines on the network (All of our XP, 7 , 8 machines) appear to have picked up the new DC config, however all of our 8.1 machines have suddenly developed a black screen after logging in.

The event log seems to suggest a problem with group policies, however these have not changed. I've tried re-adding these computers to the domain (no errors)

Any ideas of how to get rid of the black screen wait time considering this appears to be only affecting 8.1 machines

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What kind of stuff are you seeing in the Event Log on the Windows 8.1 machines that's different after the server changes? – Evan Anderson Jul 10 '14 at 10:27
What IP address do you get when you ping your local domain name? Does it show a server that isn't there? Do your domain controllers have errors when you run DCDiag? – arcesso Jul 11 '14 at 22:36
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Thanks @arcesso Tried pinging the domain name which tried to resolved to the crashed out DC. Had another look at DNS and it appeared to have kept a record in the cache. once that was gone the machines correctly picked up the correct IP

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