Many people have had issues where their Welcome screen has been displayed for 30 seconds, delaying the desktop, when using a solid color background. Microsoft has released a fix for this issue, which should get rid of this problem.
Consider the following scenario:
- You have a computer that is running windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
- You set a solid color as the desktop background.
- The Desktop Window Manager Session Manager service is running.
- You log on to the computer locally.
In this scenario, the Welcome screen is displayed for 30 seconds during the logon process.
Download fix: Hotfix 977346
There are also a couple workarounds.
First, use a picture as a desktop background, even a simple one will work such as a solid color.
The second workaround requires a registry edit.
1. Click Start, type regedit and press enter to enter the Registry Editor.
2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem
3. Double click the DelayedDesktopSwitchTimeout entry.
4. In the Value Data box, type 5.
5. Click OK, and exit the Registry Editor.
That’s all there is to it.