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Windows 7: Slow login

24 Aug 2009   #1

Slow login


Some of you may remember me from my slow login-to-profile problem on a stripped version of Windows 7.

I took the advice that was offered to me and reinstalled Windows (clean install) from the Technet ISO.

I still have the slow login problem after the reinstall too! I mean whoever heard of the "Welcome" screen staring back at you for ~30 secs, then taking you to your desktop! Outrageous I say!!

That's what I'm going through.
I've only kept an antivirus on startup for Pete's sake!

NOW I'm truly baffled, what's wrong?

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24 Aug 2009   #2

windows 7

Perform a clean boot and post back the results
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24 Aug 2009   #3

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

And please fill out your system specs so we know what were dealing with..
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24 Aug 2009   #4


Depending on the antivirus you're using.. it could take long..

Some AV's just suck like that
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26 Aug 2009   #5

Windows 7 RTM

I have the same slow login on two computers with Windows 7 RTM. One is a dual core Dell Latitude D620 laptop with 3 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD. The other is a quad core Dell desktop with 6 GB of RAM. The peculiar thing about my problem is that it always takes 30 seconds for the Welcome screen to disappear regardless of the computer. Also, on the laptop, I have the Pandora gadget installed and it will start playing music about 12-15 seconds after I have entered the password but it still takes the full 30 seconds before the Welcome screen goes away. It is as if the Welcome screen is waiting for something to happen before it shows the desktop and it times out after 30 seconds.

On the desktop, it has happened under the following installation sequences (I've started from scratch reinstalling Windows 7 several times):
  • Fresh install of Windows 7, join to domain, setup domain account as a local admin, install Office 2007 Pro from domain account
  • Fresh install of Windows 7, install Office 2007 Pro as local admin, join to domain, setup domain account as a local admin, restore settings from Windows 7 RC using Windows Easy Transfer
It is also worth pointing out that this problem only affects my domain account and not other domain accounts or the local admin account. In both of the above scenarios, it was after the last action that the slow login problem started. I have also tried my domain account on a coworker's laptop running Windows 7 RTM and I did not have any problems, so it doesn't seem to be an issue with my domain account. I don't have a login script and I am not using roaming profiles.

Any ideas or things to try would be appreciated.
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02 Sep 2009   #6


Slow Log-In to Win 7

Switching from a solid colour to a JPG as the desktop background dramatically improved login times for me.
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14 Sep 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM
Problem Solved for Me!

The tip from thedosbox did the trick for me. There's no doubt that using a solid color as the background cripples the login process. Since I prefer a black background I created a 1920x1200 JPG image in Photoshop and all is well.

Thanks again for the tip!
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15 Sep 2009   #8

Windows 7

I've registered just to thanks thedosbox and dmiannay. Worked for me as well.
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15 Sep 2009   #9

Windows 7 RTM

This solved my problem as well. I verified it on both Windows 7 computers that I have been using. Thanks thedosbox.
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12 Oct 2009   #10

windows 7 enterprise x64

I'm having this issue as well except mine only does it when I'm undocked with my laptop. When I press CTRL, ALT, DEL, to enter my credentials, sometims it takes up to 5 minutes before I get logged in. Again, this only happens while I am undocked. I'm running a clean install of Windows 7 RTM. Anyone else having this issue or have any ideas?
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