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First Sign-in Animation - Enable or Disable in Windows 8


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First Sign-in Animation - Enable or Disable in Windows 8
This tutorial will help show you how to enable or disable the "first sign-in animation" users see when their user account is being created and prepared for them to sign-in for the very first time in Windows 8.
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How to Enable or Disable the First Sign-in Animation in Windows 8 and 8.1
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This tutorial will help show you how to enable or disable the "first sign-in animation" users see when their user account is being created and prepared for them to sign-in for the very first time in Windows 8.
How to Enable or Disable the First Sign-in Animation in Windows 8 and 8.1

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This tutorial will help show you how to enable or disable the first sign-in animation users see when their user account is being created and prepared for them after signing-in for the very first time in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

While the first sign-in animation may be helpful to new users to see when they sign-in for the first time, disabling the first sign-in animation will give a faster new account preparation if the new users already know about what the animation is demonstrating.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.


EXAMPLE: Windows 8 and Windows RT "First Sign-in Animation"
Animation-1.png
Animation-2.png
Animation-3.png
Animation-4.png
Animation-5.png
Animation-6.png

EXAMPLE: Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 "First Sign-in Animation"
Animation-1.png
1.jpg
(The background will change colors)​
2.jpg
3.jpg





OPTION ONE
Enable or Disable "First Sign-in Animation" using a REG File Download


Note   Note
The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

EnableFirstLogonAnimation DWORD

0 = Disable first sign-in animation
1 = Enable first sign-in animation


1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.​
2. To Enable "First Sign-in Animation" in Windows 8 and 8.1
NOTE: This is the default setting.​
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​
Enable_First_Sign-in_Animation.reg
download

3. To Disable "First Sign-in Animation" in Windows 8 and 8.1
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​
Disable_First_Sign-in_Animation.reg
download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.
5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.
6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK.
7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.







OPTION TWO
Enable or Disable "First Sign-in Animation" in Local Group Policy Editor

NOTE: This option for using group policy is only available in the Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise editions.
1. From the Start screen, start typing gpedit.msc and press Enter when finished.​
NOTE: You could also press :winkey:+R to open the Run dialog, type gpedit.msc, and click/tap on OK.​
2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.​
3. In the left pane, click/tap on to expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, and open Logon. (see screenshot below)​
GPEDIT-1.jpg
4. In the right pane of Logon, double click/tap on Show first sign-in animation. (see screenshot above)​
5. Do step 6 or 7 below for what you would like to do.​
6. To Enable "First Sign-in Animation" in Windows 8 and 8.1
A) Select (dot) Enabled or Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below step 7A)​
NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.​
7. To Disable "First Sign-in Animation" in Windows 8 and 8.1
A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)​
GPEDIT-2.jpg

8. You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor window if you like.​


That's it,
Shawn


 
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Hi
so what would they see if the first sign in animation was disabled?
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Hello Regagu,

They would see just the usual "Preparing" text screen, then it opening to their Start screen when ready instead of the example screenshots. :)
 

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Sorry to revive an old thread. Does anyone know where these animations are stored and if there is anyway to modify the text on them, rather than just disabling them completely?

Thank you!
 

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