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HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Data type


Default value


0x0–0xFFFFFFFF seconds

0x1E (30 seconds)


Defines the starting time for the User Environment Countdown Timer. This timer determines how long the system waits for a user response before it uses a default value. The value of this entry is used when either of the following occurs:

  • The system detects a slow link between the client and the server that stores the client's profile.

  • The system cannot access or update a server-based profile when the user logs on or off.

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Windows 2000 does not add this entry to the registry. You can add it by editing the registry or by using a program that edits the registry.

The value of this entry can be overridden by a policy. If your system does not respond as expected, the Timeout for dialog boxes Group Policy might be in effect. See the ProfileDlgTimeout entry in the Policies subkey.

If you change this value by editing the registry, enter the value in decimal numbers.

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For detailed information about particular Group Policy settings, see the Windows 2000 Resource Kit Group Policy Reference.

For general information about Group Policy, see Windows 2000 Server Help or Windows 2000 Professional Help.

To see a table associating policies with their corresponding registry entries, see the Group Policy Registry Table .

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