[SOLVED] Win 7 logon is 'preparing desktop' rather than showing 'welcome' screen [[Issue is now solved, see reply post]] Just to be clear, I am not having any loops, hangs or BSODs. Rather it's that Vista (and my previous Win 7 Beta versions) would boot, flash a quick welcome of about two seconds and then drop into the desktop. On this retail Win 7 copy(which I have made near a clone to my Beta version in terms of startup/services/group policy etc.), I get to the welcome screen yet it shows a quick flash of something about starting group policy service, then about a three second delay where it says 'Preparing Your Desktop.' Now logically speaking, since I have folders with saved settings for their layout and etc. then I suppose 'preparing' the desktop would make sense. However it doesn't explain why it's different from past versions. It's almost as if each time I boot, it's having to rebuild my profile to some extent. I currently have Administrators, Guest Account and HomeGroup disabled, leaving my personal(part of Administrators and HomeGroup) enabled, with no password, and automatic login set. Getting annoyed with it; unless I've missed something about changes they've made to the O/S, I just want it to stop preparing my desktop everytime I login. Any ideas?