I just clean-installed Windows 7, and all drivers and updates.
I've installed only Google Chrome, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Autodesk 3Ds Max, Microsoft Office, Sony Vegas, and Microsoft Security Essentials.
When I start Windows, after the animation, I get a black screen with only my cursor for about ten seconds before the logon prompt. When I enter my password, it sits at the welcome screen for another ten seconds before I get to the desktop.
Why is this happening? Before I re-installed, I got to the logon screen without seeing a black screen first, and after entering my password I'd only have to see the "Welcome" for a few seconds.