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Windows 7: Slow login

01 Apr 2010   #21

Windows 7 Ultimate

I was getting the 30 second Welcome screen also.

I do use a solid color background so I tried it with a background picture and the delay is mostly gone.

Googling around I found this MSKB:

The Welcome screen may be displayed for 30 seconds during the logon process after you set a solid color as the desktop background in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

The workaround section in the kb article provides a reg tweak to really reduce the delay. I had to add the DelayedDesktopSwitchTimeout value as a dword. BTW, if you set the value to 0 the welcome screen will just flash by.

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02 Apr 2010   #22

Windows 7
Slow login

Thank you very much for the tip. The key location is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\

You can also set th value below to 1 if you logon to a domain. Default is 30.
Local Computer Policy/Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/System/User Profiles
"Set maximum wait time for the network if a user has a roaming...."
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24 Apr 2010   #23

Windows 7


I have a quite same issue. But all tips I have found don't fix it!

I have tried :

- set a jpg image as background
- install KB977346
- Local Computer Policy/Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/System/User Profiles "Set maximum wait time for the network if a user has a roaming...."to 0
- add a the dword key DelayedDesktopSwitchTimeout set at 5 (works, I have a black screen instead of the welcome screen during 30 second.... fine! xD)

Finaly I have test a boot in safe mode and : Theire is NO ISSUE in safe mode!

Then I test a clean boot, but same issue... 30sec in the welcome screen !

All my drivers are updated

Any ideas?

PS : sorry for my bad english! I usually speak in french...

edit :

New information : I haven't this problem when I'm booting with the guest account!
Thus I think that my probel is due to something with the admin account! But what??
I specify that it's a fresh install...
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25 Apr 2010   #24

Windows 7

If you set the value to 0 on setting below it means 30, i think, set it to 1 and try.

Local Computer Policy/Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/System/User Profiles
"Set maximum wait time for the network if a user has a roaming...."
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25 Apr 2010   #25

Windows 7

Hello Andersson,

Thx to answer me.

I have tried with 1 and it change nothing to me...
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02 Jan 2011   #26

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

I can confirm this issue is still not solved. And it's not 30 seconds either, I'm staring at "Welcome" for a full 3-4 minutes after entering my password.

It's somewhat faster when I'm on the company network, but still unacceptably long. When I'm not on the company network it's completely ridiculous, so I just stopped logging in with my username and now log in on a local account. That of course leads to other hassles.

I really wonder when this can be fixed. I never had this problem when using XP, which I still miss dearly.
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07 Apr 2011   #27

Server 2008 R2

Hey guys

I was having the same problem with Laptops in my domain, I disabled offline file synch and straight away the login time went from about 10 minutes to 30 seconds!

Are now using Windows Sync Toy.
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24 May 2011   #28

Win 7 x32 and x64 All

Morning Folks. I've been trying to solve this issue for awhile now. It affects mostly laptops users because of "site switching".... Home, work, public areas, different LAN and Wi-Fi networks.

It seems to be affecting Domain computers only.. The solution I found was to reset your domain password (Either from Machine or AD) and reboot. Your login should now be back to normal.

I have a feeling that the local cached credentials get "out of sync" and takes longer than usual to log on.

This fix has been applied 4 times to my users computers and it seemed to fix the problem.

I'd like to hear feedback if this fixed your issue.
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01 Nov 2011   #29

Windows 7 Home premium

I've just had the same slow welcome screen on my admin account. For me it was an unavailable network drive. I've simply disconnected the drive and the login has dropped from 30ish seconds to almost instant
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23 Oct 2013   #30

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

First of I'm sorry for posting to such an old thread - however, It was one of the first results I got when searching on Google, so I think (and hope) this information may help someone else...

I had this problem (30 sec welcome screen)
I did a clean install of windows and install the drives one at the time, then restarted.

After I installed:
Realtek Ethernet Diagnostic Utility
...I got the 30sec welcome screen again. I uninstalled it and the problem was gone, problem fixed!

Extra Info:
The version I installed was: Realtek Ethernet Diagnostic Utility v2.0.2.1 (09/08/2012) from

That is all

Try uninstalling: Realtek Ethernet Diagnostic Utility
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