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”
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.