Disabling the First Logon Animation in Windows 8

Deploying Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 is pretty simple, gone of the days when we needed mass storage drivers all the time and we needed a copy of sysprep to capture our image. It’s not much simpler but we still want to do customisations to our images. In this post I will show you how to disable the first logon animation.

First Logon Animation

If you are not sure of what I am talking about, you will have seen the above screen or something similar to it the very first time you logon to a Windows 8+ device. This will happen for every new user the first time. We can disable this using a registry hack. You can either put this in your unattend file, the capture task sequence or the deployment task sequence along with your application installs and other customisations. I like to do this in the deployment task sequence so I keep everything as default as possible in the capture task sequence, I like the idea of doing it in the unattend file as well, this is just my personal preference and it’s easier to take out, replace or disable/enable as required.

Simply place the following command in a Run Command Line task sequence step, with the start in property set to %WinDir%\System32:

reg.exe add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" /v EnableFirstLogonAnimation /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f

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About Martyn

Martyn is one of the Senior Cloud Architects and DevOps Team Leader at one of the worlds leading Cloud Transformation Specialists Inframon. Martyn is responsible for the architecture of some of the largest Azure deployments in EMEA and is a advisor to a many businesses on their strategies. Martyn is a regular speaker at Microsoft events and community events on Azure and DevOps, giving his insight to a growing number of audiences.

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