Disable the First User Sign-in Animation in Windows 10 and 11 Ranjan.info

When a user signs in to Windows for the first time, a system creates their profile, copies settings, installs UWP apps, and does a few other things. This takes some time, so the user is shown some welcome messages to reduce the wait (Hi , We’re setting things up for you , We’ve got some updates for your PC , This might take several minutes, In most cases, you don’t need this first sign-in animation (especially on corporate devices), which annoys the user who has to wait extra time for their desktop to appear.

You can disable the first sign-in animation on Windows 11 and 10.

Turn off user first sign-in animation using GPO

You can disable the first sign-in animation in Windows with a special GPO option.

  1. start local (gpedit.msc) or domain (gpmc.msc) Group Policy Editor and navigate Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Logon,
  2. open option Show the first sign-in animation and change it disabled, GPO Options: Show first sign-in animation - Disabled
  3. save Changes.
  4. Update Group Policy settings on users’ computers by using gpupdate /force command or by restarting the computer.

How to disable first sign-in animation in Windows via Registry?

Matches the Show first sign-in animation policy described above enable first logon animation Registry parameter. Therefore, you can disable the long welcome screen on first user sign-in directly through the registry. Create a DWORD parameter with the name EnableFirstLogonAnimation and value 0 below HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System,

EnableFirstLogonAnimation registry parameter

To create a registry parameter using PowerShell, run the command below:

New-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System -Name EnableFirstLogonAnimation -Value 0 -Force

You can manually create a registry parameter, change a reg key using a GPO, or add a reference directly to a Windows image that you deploy to computers using SCCM/WDS.

You can also make changes to the Windows installation image on a USB flash drive by using the unattend.xml file:

<RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
<Description>Disable FirstLogon animation in Windows</Description>
<Path>reg add HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v EnableFirstLogonAnimation /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f</Path>

After that, the user will see the default Windows preparation screen (create windows) instead of animation messages upon first sign-in when Windows is creating a user profile.

Preparing windows on first user sign in

Meanwhile, the time from the first user sign-in until the desktop appears has been reduced significantly (by two or three times).

Be sure to disable animation on first sign-in for VDI and terminal solutions with non-persistent Windows images or user profiles.

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