Disable the Windows 10 "Hi" animation on first sign-in

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 7, 2018
Windows, Windows 10

If you install Windows 10 anew or upgrade to a new feature release, you are welcome to the new version of Windows by an animation on start that begins with "Hi".

Windows 10 displays a number of screens afterward that may include "We're setting things up for your",  "We've got some updates for your PC", "This might take several minutes", "These updates help protect you in an online world", and "Let's start!" before the actual desktop environment is loaded for the first time.

You can turn off the first run animation for new users on the machine so that it is not displayed anymore. This won't really speed things up significantly as Windows still needs to perform background operations but since the screens that Windows 10 displays on first sign in are not really critical for anything, you could as well turn them off.

windows 10 first sign-in

Windows Insiders are prime candidates for that as they get these screens more frequently due to the higher number of new builds that Microsoft puts out to Insider channels.

Administrators can disable the first sign-in animation using policies or the Windows Registry. Note that the Group Policy Editor is only available in professional versions of Windows 10 and not in Windows 10 Home.

Windows 10 Home users may use Policy Plus to integrate a comparable interface.

Group Policy

windows 10 first sign-in animation hi

  1. Start the Windows Group Policy Editor: tap on the Windows-key to bring up Start, type gpedit.msc, and hit the Enter-key.
  2. Use the hierarchical structure on the left to go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Logon.
  3. Double-click on the policy "Show first sign-in animation".

To disable the "hi" animation, set the policy to disabled. Enabled and not configured have the same effect: the animation is shown to users.

You may undo the change at any time by setting the policy to not configured.

Windows Registry


You may modify a value in the Windows Registry to disable the "hi" animation as well on first sign-in.

  1. Start the Windows Registry Editor. Tap on the Windows-key to bring up Start, type regedit.exe, and hit Enter.
  2. Confirm the UAC prompt.
  3. Go to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  4. Double-click on EnableFirstLogonAnimation.
  5. Set the value to 0 to disable it (a value of 1 enables it and is the default).
  6. Go to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
  7. Double-click on EnableFirstLogonAnimation.
  8. Set the value to 0 to disable it (a value of 1 enables it and is the default).

I have created Registry files that you can execute on the system to make the changes automatically so that you don't have to edit the Registry manually.

Download the files with a click on the following link: (Download Removed)

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Disable the Windows 10 "Hi" animation on first sign-in
Find out how to disable the "Hi" animation that Windows 10 displays to users who sign-in for the first time on a PC running Windows 10 (or a new version).
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  1. Rick said on August 8, 2018 at 3:52 am

    I’m not sure I can top the earlier valuable comments, but disabling this brings up an obvious question that I don’t really see explained: what replaces it? After all, these animations are progress indicators of a sort. What will be seen instead, nothing, giving you no clue what’s happening for several minutes? Or just something a little more subtle?

    1. Rick said on August 10, 2018 at 8:41 pm

      I had the opportunity to check this out today: it’s the latter. Once you reach 100%, it switches over to a small “Preparing Windows” along with a small animation for the last few minutes.

      So, this is just a cosmetic thing that doesn’t speed anything along and probably even detracts, since you no longer see the attention-getting screens at the end signifying that the installation is coming to an end imminently. Instead, if you hadn’t been paying strict attention, it may come as a surprise.

  2. Dave said on August 7, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    But can we modify the animation?

    “We are Microsoft”
    “We are spying on you”
    “We make a lot of money doing it”
    “We learned this from google”

    1. Anonymous said on August 11, 2018 at 5:33 pm

      “We are Microsoft”
      “We are spying on you”
      “We learned this from google”
      “We make a lot of money doing it”

  3. dtoxic said on August 7, 2018 at 10:53 am

    There should be an article for Win10

    “Disable Windows 10 Completely”

    1. justaned said on August 7, 2018 at 4:29 pm

      It would be a very short article of 1 line. “Do not install”. :-)

    2. jupe said on August 7, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      There is, it’s called “How to install Linux”

  4. lelman said on August 7, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Hi, bye and die lel

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