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Windows 7: Solid Desktop Color Killing SSD Performance

03 Mar 2010   #1
cpt armadillo

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Solid Desktop Color Killing SSD Performance

Has anybody had the same issue I am having and does anybody know a solution to the following:

I decided to get a 64GB SSD to replace my System Drive; I wanted quick boots and software startup.

After many many restores from image (finding out that my file drive wasn't included in the image in the process) formatting and finally a few clean clean installs with no performance gain whatsoever, I found the problem: I always changed the desktop background to solid black right after the install (I don't dig the default blue logo screen at all). And this simple action, which I didn't think would kill the perforamce of an SSD, this simple change put the boot time of the SSD in the area of my old spinning drive.

Changed back to default screen and voila, a blazing fast drive with amazing boot times.

Has anyone heard of that before, does anyone have any ideas how to work around that (I still don't dig the default desktop....)?

The read / write speeds by the way were definitely up where they need to be when benchmarked, but the boot time was lousy.

Thanks for your input / comments.

Cpt. Armadillo

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03 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium

Gratz on your first post! This is mine too!
Now, your problem was noted many times over the web. All you have to do to reproduce this bug is to set your desktop background to a solid color while you have the aero theme running. It affects both windows 7 and server 2008 R2. The result is that sometimes, the welcome screen might be displayed for thirty seconds instead of the usually faster boot with a regular desktop background.

My suggestion to you, is to get a more colorful background =). Because, not only is it faster, but also, more prettier XD. However, for your information, there is a microsoft support article specifically about this issue. If you want to see this article, go onto this url.

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

This article provides both a hotfix for your issue, a suggestion to avoid the issue, and a manual fix for the issue. As always, this hotfix will automatically go to your system after windows 7 service pack 1. Just remember, that this is NOT because of your solid state drive in any way.

I wish you the best!!
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03 Mar 2010   #3


I swore I read somewhere exactly the problem you are having. You are not crazy.

Windows 7 Solid Color Background = 30 Second Boot Delay (!!) | StationStops

W7 - Counter Intuitive Boot Up Times - Overclockers Forums

Windows 7 has a bug where a solid color desktop background INCREASES the time it takes to go from the Login screen to your desktop. Not boot time, but the time between entering your account password and seeing your desktop. To fix the issue, you have to set your desktop background to a picture (JPEG, PNG, etc). In fact, you can create a picture of a solid color and set that picture as your desktop background.

Long Boot Time in Win7 Page 2 -
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04 Mar 2010   #4
cpt armadillo

Win 7

Pichu, Jim: Thank you very much for your replies. I will check the hotfix first as the "official" solution and if this doesn't work certainly go with the .jpg work-around - which even MS references in their article.

Thanks again - sorry I didn't find that myself and had you do the work ;-)
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04 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium

Your welcome, though that is why we are here, to help each other I didn't have to find the solution myself though, lol. I had the same problem XD. I figured that I might as well have a color background of a river instead of plain old blue
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