Disabling the Windows 10 First Log-in Animation using Group Policy

If you’re not a fan of the first log-in animation on Windows 10 computers then you can disable this very easily using Group Policy. I decided to test this in my lab as I was curious to see what the first log-in experience would be like after having the animation disabled.

Here’s a quick rundown on how to do this:

  • Create/Open your GPO and browse to Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > System > Logon
  • Double-click on Show first sign-in animation and select “Disabled”

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If, like me, you’re curious what the first-login experience is like after disabling the animation then I’ve got a before and an after video below for you to check out.

Before the first-login animation was disabled:

After the first-login animation is disabled:

Personally I think I prefer the animation better. Disabling the animation doesn’t necessarily speed up the log-in experience. As you can see from the videos this only reverts to the same old log-in experience where the animation is simply replaced by a “Preparing Windows” status with the revolving dots.

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