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Is it possible to remove the fade effect between login?

When I press Win+L, the “Locked” screen (with the password prompt) appears immediately. That’s nice, but not terribly important: I’m probably leaving the computer anyway.

But after I type the password (to unlock the workstation), the desktop doesn’t appear immediately: instead, the “Locked” screen slowly fades out, the desktop slowly fades in, wasting my time, and all keys (e.g. Win+R) pressed during this interval are completely swallowed, forcing me to wait unnecessarily. This is extremely annoying because when I unlock the workstation, I generally want to use my computer.

How do I disable this fade out/fade in effect and have the desktop appear immediately, in the same way that the “Locked” screen appears immediately?

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marked as duplicate by studiohack Jul 20 '12 at 2:16

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It does not appear to be possible to turn this effect off.

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The effect does not function on my VirtualBox installation of Windows 7 Ultimate. This indicates a possibility of disabling the effect, but I don't know how. – Deltik Aug 15 '12 at 21:14

the desktop slowly fades in

Do you have the fade effect set to something ridiculous? It fades in the desktop in 1 or 2 seconds for me.

You may want to try turning off visual effects.

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I haven’t set it to anything. 1 or 2 seconds is far too long, I’m surprised you’re happy with that. How do I turn it off? – Timwi Jun 6 '10 at 1:20
Right. In other words, you don’t know the answer. – Timwi Jun 6 '10 at 5:05
You can poke around HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\Logo‌​nUI but it doesn't have anything for fade. I have disabled visual effects and it still fades, so I guess this may be something you will have to live with. – Jun 6 '10 at 5:22
Takes about 1 second for me... eases me gently back into my work :¬) – pelms Jun 6 '10 at 8:42

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