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Windows 7: Rebooting Makes Login Take Longer

16 May 2013   #1
MongooseMan

Windows 7 Pro 32-bit
 
 
Rebooting Makes Login Take Longer

Ok, here's a head scratcher. Reboot a computer, person A logs in, and it takes X amount of time for the login to complete, and the person to be able to use the computer. Person A logs off, person B logs on, it takes half as much time. If you reboot the computer, when person B logs in, it takes X amount of time again.

So, whoever logs on first after a reboot, it takes twice as long as the person who logs on next.

Anyone know why this is happening?


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16 May 2013   #2
TwoCables

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MongooseMan View Post
Ok, here's a head scratcher. Reboot a computer, person A logs in, and it takes X amount of time for the login to complete, and the person to be able to use the computer. Person A logs off, person B logs on, it takes half as much time. If you reboot the computer, when person B logs in, it takes X amount of time again.

So, whoever logs on first after a reboot, it takes twice as long as the person who logs on next.

Anyone know why this is happening?
There's a lot more to load. When just logging off and logging someone else in, everything's already loaded and started up, so all it has to do is log the account in and load its settings. So restarting means that everything has to be loaded again so that Windows and all of the hardware can function.
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16 May 2013   #3
HarryHusker

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP-1
 
 

I concur with TwoCables!
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17 May 2013   #4
MongooseMan

Windows 7 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
There's a lot more to load. When just logging off and logging someone else in, everything's already loaded and started up, so all it has to do is log the account in and load its settings. So restarting means that everything has to be loaded again so that Windows and all of the hardware can function.
But the reboot has already completed. The system is booted up and running. I am not counting boot time. This extra time takes place from the login prompt.
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17 May 2013   #5
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Wait 3 minutes before logon. Same problem?

Some services have "delayed start". They start asynchronously ... still busy at time of first logon.
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17 May 2013   #6
TwoCables

 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
There's a lot more to load. When just logging off and logging someone else in, everything's already loaded and started up, so all it has to do is log the account in and load its settings. So restarting means that everything has to be loaded again so that Windows and all of the hardware can function.
But the reboot has already completed. The system is booted up and running. I am not counting boot time. This extra time takes place from the login prompt.
My guess is that the first person who logs in finishes the startup of Windows. So when they log out and someone else logs in, that 2nd person doesn't have to wait as long because the first person caused Windows to finish starting by logging in.

So whoever logs in first is the one who makes Windows finish loading everything.

Again, this is just my guess based on what you're experiencing.
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17 May 2013   #7
MongooseMan

Windows 7 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Ok, some of this makes sense. But here is my issue. These are computers in a computer lab at a school. When ever a student logs off, we have the system reboot, and a refresh program run, so we don't get a bunch of user profiles piling up on each system. This means that each and every user is logging in after a reboot. This system works pretty well, but I would like to shorten the boot time.
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17 May 2013   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I don`t think there`s any way to change things, as you are rebooting everytime. If you had a logout and you had 4 users on the pc, the login for each should be about the same amount of time. Just take the boot time out of the equation. And depending where each users data is on the hard drive, that will have an affect on the times, albeit a small amount.
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17 May 2013   #9
TwoCables

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MongooseMan View Post
Ok, some of this makes sense. But here is my issue. These are computers in a computer lab at a school. When ever a student logs off, we have the system reboot, and a refresh program run, so we don't get a bunch of user profiles piling up on each system. This means that each and every user is logging in after a reboot. This system works pretty well, but I would like to shorten the boot time.
Oh. There's no way to shorten it without doing a bunch of tweaks, and these kind of tweaks will need approval before they can be done (that is, unless you are the one who would give that approval). The tweaks could involve changes in the BIOS, and changes to what starts with Windows by changing the Registry and Services.msc. There may be other things that can be done, but all of them would be of this nature, meaning that these are all things that usually require someone's approval in a school computer lab.

Just wait until you have a job where the computer is painfully slow and there's absolutely nothing you can do about it because the IT department won't let you and because they don't have the time to do anything about it because it's still functioning.
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20 May 2013   #10
MongooseMan

Windows 7 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MongooseMan View Post
Ok, some of this makes sense. But here is my issue. These are computers in a computer lab at a school. When ever a student logs off, we have the system reboot, and a refresh program run, so we don't get a bunch of user profiles piling up on each system. This means that each and every user is logging in after a reboot. This system works pretty well, but I would like to shorten the boot time.
Oh. There's no way to shorten it without doing a bunch of tweaks, and these kind of tweaks will need approval before they can be done (that is, unless you are the one who would give that approval).
Yep, that would be me.

I am building a new image for the labs. So I have the authority (mostly), but I am running out of time.
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