Long delay changing between logins


DaiB

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My Win 11 PC has a fast processor and is very responsive but when changing logins there is a long (10 Sec) delay with a blank screen in between. What is the OS doing? It's much longer than my old Win 10 PC.
 

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    Windows 11 Home
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    Dell Inspiron 3910
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    Intel i5-12400
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    8 GB
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    Intel UHD 730
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Windows 11 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 22000.739
What is the OS doing?
When you log out of a user account, Windows consolidates the partial user profile files it has been creating while you've been logged in.
This is also what it does when you shut down because that also involves logging out.

You'll see the files in C:\Users\YourUserName if you set File explorer to view hidden files.
The main file is ntuser.dat and all the others are the partials/additionals it has made while you've been logged in and they need to be consolidated into ntuser.dat.

Ten seconds does sound like a long time to me. Make sure your backups are up to date.
Have you crashed / been forced to shut down using the power button a lot? These can affect the user profile but a single logout-login ought to be enough to restore them to normal.

All the best,
Denis
 

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    Windows 11 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 22000.739

DaiB

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Hi and thanks for your suggestions. My Win 11 PC is only 2 weeks old and has always behaved normally. It still takes a long time to change between accounts. These are the same two accounts and environment I was using on my previous Win 10 PC. I've just timed the change from one account to the other and it takes 8 seconds. Both accounts are Local ones. One uses a PIN and the other a password. The screen is blank during this time.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 3910
    CPU
    Intel i5-12400
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD 730
    Sound Card
    None
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    512 SSD + 2GB HD
    Internet Speed
    66 Mbps
    Antivirus
    McAfee
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