|Hello everybody. This is my first post, I hope it helps somebody.|
I have been having this same frustrating problem intermittently for months. I think I have figured out the problem and can fix it. It’s pretty annoying HUH?
This fix applies to Windows Vista and probably with Windows 7 also. I have Vista Home Premium SP2 from Dell.
Background: By default, Windows does not provide detailed startup & shutdown messages that it is capable of providing. It is this associated registry key or more appropriately, the absence of it that causes this intermittent probem.
To FIX IT: (instructions are for Vista SP2 but 7 may be similar/same)
1. Press the Start Orb & type “regedit.exe”
2. Right-click on regedit.exe & select run as administrator
3. Select continue if the UAC pimps you.
4. In regedit navigate to:
5. Look for the “VerboseStatus” key in the right pane. If it is there, then these instructions may not help you. If it is missing do the following.
6. Right-click in any open space in the right pane and select “New\D-WORD (32-bit) Value”. Type the name “VerboseStatus” for the key name and hit ‘Enter’
7. Right-click on the “VerboseStatus” key, select “Modify…” & hit ‘Enter’.
8. Type “0” or “1” as desired…..”0”=false & “1”=true. “0” is the default and it means that when starting & shutting down it will just give the message “Please Wait” if necessary. If the value is set to verbose “1” you will see other messages during starting/shutting down.
9. I BELIEVE YOU CAN SET THAT KEY EITHER WAY AND IT STILL CURES THE PROBLEM. The problem isn’t the setting, it is the absence of the “VerboseStatus” key that causes the intermittent “Preparing Your Desktop” error. If you set the key to verbose i.e., “!” you may see the “Preparing Your Desktop” message among others but, it won’t be an error.
I hope this helps. I am still testing mine but so far I have been unable to get that pesky error to re-occur on either setting. Goodbye “Temp” user profile forever I hope.
Good luck & let me know if this helped.