Windows 7 Welcome Screen Taking Forever? Here’s the Fix (Maybe)

According to this Microsoft knowledge base article, if you’ve set your desktop to use a solid color background instead of a wallpaper, your system will hang for 30 seconds during the logon process.

Here’s what I’m talking about… the gray screen of death =)

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The fix, of course, is to use a great desktop wallpaper instead! Luckily we’ve got you covered with a whole variety of them:

The other fix noted in the KB article, if you really want a solid color background image, is to make sure you’ve disabled the Desktop Window Manager (dwm) service, although you’ll lose all the great Aero effects. You might as well use Linux at that point.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/17/10
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