Very long wpa_supplicant startup time - Win2K Pro

Jouni Malinen jkmaline
Sat Aug 20 09:19:59 PDT 2005

On Thu, Aug 18, 2005 at 02:01:58PM -0400, Bryan Kadzban wrote:

> So I did some registry digging, and found that nmnt.sys corresponded to
> a driver named "Network Monitor Driver".  Opening up device manager and
> selecting "show hidden devices" made it show up under the "non-PnP"
> group.  The startup mode of this driver was set to Demand.  (I.e., load
> only when required.)
> I set it to "system" (load before all services), and the delay was gone.

> After all this, I reverted to the original wpa_supplicant binaries,
> which start up in a MUCH shorter time now.

Thanks for this information! Finding this out would have been somewhat
difficult for someone who does not really use Windows for, well, almost
anything ;-).

> I wonder how many other people are doing something similar, that it
> might make sense to put this info in the documentation somewhere?

I added similar text to README-Windows.txt with a bit more explanation
on why this is needed.

Jouni Malinen                                            PGP id EFC895FA

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