Q: How can I avoid the Windows 8 starting animation shown for new users in my corporate environment?

A: Typically, the first time a user logs on to Windows 8, he or she is presented with the Windows 8 sign-in animation. It shows the basic new gestures for Windows 8. You can disable it by using Group Policy:

  1. Open an existing Group Policy Object (GPO) in Group Policy Management Editor (see screen shot) or create a new one.
  2. Navigate to Computer Configuration, Policies, Administrative Templates, System, Logon.
  3. Double-click Show first sign-in animation (see screen shot).
  4. Set the policy to Disabled and click OK.
  5. Close the GPO.