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


Essential Member
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 =)

The fix, of course, is to use a great desktop wallpaper instead!



Extraordinary Member
I have invented a fix of my own, which does the trick in most cases:

I have found that this is because the Windows 7 default is not correctly addressed. But this is what I have found works for me.
If you are selecting the picture from the windows offers, you will find them all in Windows - Web - Wallpaper. Otherwise, select the one you want, from whatever source you personaly are using. You can touch it up, or whatever you wish to do, with your favourite graphics program.
When you are ready, copy it and paste it into a temp folder. Rename it TranscodeWallpaper.jpg
Now go to Users - username - Appdata - roaming - Microsoft - Windows - Themes
Rename the file there as TrascodeWallpaper1 (or similar) .jpg. Copy you new chosen wallpaper to the folder. Log off and on and you should find the delay has gone.
Windows is now seeing it as it's default path.

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