You might surprise like us if we say setting a particular type of desktop background could slow down Windows 7 startup performance. Yes, the information comes from the latest knowledge base article provided by Microsoft.
It seems setting solid color desktop background could slows down Windows 7 welcome screen by about 30 second, which isn’t really big delay but it could be frustrating & feels like several minutes when you are seating in front of your computer and waiting for it to start.
If you are one of those user facing slow Windows 7 startup then here is good news for you, Microsoft has provided hotfix to fix above issue and will also be offering fix under Windows 7 Service Pack 1 which is all set to release in first half of 2011.
You may also perform following workarounds to manually fix the problem.
Method 1 – Set an image file that has solid color as the desktop background.
Method 2 – Configure the value of the DelayedDesktopSwitchTimeout registry entry. This value determines the time-out interval of a session before Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 switches between sessions.
To configure the value of the DelayedDesktopSwitchTimeout registry entry, follow these steps:
Click StartCollapse this imageExpand this image, type regedit in the Search programs and files box, and then press ENTER.
Locate the following registry subkey:
Double-click the DelayedDesktopSwitchTimeout registry entry. In the Value data box, type 5, and then click OK. On the File menu, click Exit (via softpedia)