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 (
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.
- start local (gpedit.msc) or domain (
gpmc.msc) Group Policy Editor and navigate Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Logon,
- open option Show the first sign-in animation and change it disabled,
- save Changes.
- Update Group Policy settings on users’ computers by using
gpupdate /forcecommand 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,
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> <Order>5</Order> <Path>reg add HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v EnableFirstLogonAnimation /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f</Path> </RunSynchronousCommand>
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.
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.