30 Second Delay During Windows 7 Logon When Using a Solid Color Background

[Update: Microsoft has released a fix in the Windows 7 April 2010 stability/reliability update. Link: KB980408]

Those who prefer performance & productivity over eye candy will often eliminate anything that could distract them or take up [what used to be] precious RAM. If you're one of these enthusiasts you may even choose not load a desktop wallpaper and have only a solid color as your background. No one could have guessed, though, that if you are running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2, by doing so you would be reducing your performance by introducing a 30-second delay to your logon time.

 

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Microsoft has created a KB article that explains how, under the following conditions, the Welcome screen is displayed for 30 seconds during the logon process.

This issue does not affect Remote Desktop connections

Microsoft has released a hotfix for this issue that you can download through the Microsoft Support website. I'm sure this hotfix will be included in a future update or service pack. And if you don't want to bother with a hotfix, but you still want performance, load a memory guzzling wallpaper image! So head on over to DeviantART or InterfaceLIFT and get some.

 

[Thanks to Brad C. for shooting us the deets on the login bug]

 

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