Switching users hang time in Vista Ultimate

By shoot4thrill ยท 6 replies
Dec 12, 2009
  1. I'm currently running Windows Vista Ultimate 64-Bit. Whenever I go to switch users the screen turns black for around 10 seconds and then the switch users page shows up. Is there a way to make it so I don't have that wait?

    On my laptop I'm running Vista Business and don't have that problem and I haven't been able to pin point why it's happening.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    It must be closing a big program or something

    Try exiting all running programs, even Antivirus or personal firewall (you can disconnect from Internet as well to stay safe)
    Then switch users
    You may be able to work out which program is causing it, if this works without issue
  3. shoot4thrill

    shoot4thrill TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 38

    I'm running the same programs on both my desktop and laptop so I'm not sure that that's the problem. My desktop is also a lot faster than my laptop running @ 4.0GHz so that leaves me clueless...
  4. scuzzo

    scuzzo TS Rookie Posts: 50

    What are the system specs for the computer? How many programs do you have in memory when you switch?
  5. shoot4thrill

    shoot4thrill TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 38

    My system specs are now shown to the right of my user name. I have a few programs running in the background such as, antivirus, mouse software, lightscribe software, steam, and that's it. Are one of these programs the culprit?
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Did you end up trying to exit all your running programs first?

    Also try updating to Windows Vista SP2: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/935791
  7. shoot4thrill

    shoot4thrill TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 38

    I actually just installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit and that fixed the problem, lol. That's not the reason why I upgraded though. I'm having some gaming issues (created a thread in the gaming part of the forums if anyone wants to help out) so far with it but I like the overall layout better than vista. If these problems don't get fixed though then back to Vista I'll go.
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