Windows 8/8.1 Stop The New User Animation

KB ID 0001078 Dtd 08/06/15

Problem

After spinning up quite a few Windows 8 virtual machines over the past few days, it struck me how annoying the new user account animation was.

Windows 8 welcome animation

It’s only setting up a user profile, why on earth does it take so long?

Solution

To Disable New User Animation On A Stand Alone Machine

1. Press the Windows Key and launch gpedit.msc.

Local Group Policy Editor

2. Navigate to;Show first Sign in Animation

3. Change the policy to disabled > Apply > OK > Close the policy editor.

Windows 8 welcome animation

To Disable New User Animation On A Domain

1. On a DC or machine running the RSAT tools > Press the Windows Key and launch gpmc.msc.

Group Policy Management Console

2. Create a new GPO or edit a new one linked to the domain or OU containing the computers you want to enforce the policy on.

Create GPO

3. Navigate to;

Computer Configuration Policies > > Administrative Tools > System > Logon > Show first sign-in animation

Group Policy 8 welcome animation

4. Change the policy to disabled > Apply > OK > Close the policy editor.

GPO welcome animation

 

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Author: Migrated

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