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25 secs on the Welcome/User Account screen during startup

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    Win 8.1 Pro x64

    Stuck 25 seconds on the Welcome/User Account screen

    After updating the BIOS to UEFI on my Gigabyte Z68 motherboard tonight, Windows 8x64 (dual boot) is bringing up and stopping at the Welcome/User Account screen for about 25 seconds before moving on. After the four square and choosing the OS, it goes just for an instant to the screen with the green hillside, sun and tall tower before switching to the Welcome screen. It never did that before as I recall, and so I'm wondering if something is wrong. UEFI startups are supposed to be faster, but this is actually a few seconds slower overall.

    Some background, as it might be relevant. Before the successful BIOS update, I had updated the motherboard's utilities and drivers. After the BIOS update, I reset its defaults and Windows 8 booted quickly to the desktop a couple of times. Then, based on the previous setup, I made a couple of adjustments to the BIOS settings (ACHI and something small - the OS is on an SSD). After that, Windows wouldn't completely boot. It indicated that there were problems and then headed into repair, the end of which was an offer to restore. After that, I decided to reestablish the BIOS defaults and the next time Win 8 restore - from where I don't know. The result was that it booted to the desktop, but now with a long detour through the Welcome screen. Afterwards, I also got a UAC notice that the OS needed activation - seemingly not the same copy - which I took care of on the phone.

    Any thoughts about this Welcome screen, what's causing it and if something else needs doing? Thanks,
    Last edited by highstream; 12 Dec 2012 at 02:04.

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25 secs on the Welcome/User Account screen during startup
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