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Windows 10: Enter Password in Limited Account - Wait 10 Minutes

The lock screen comes on as planned. When I enter the password in the limited account, I see about 6 tiny white circles looping for about 10 minutes before I can access my account. This just started yesterday. This weekend, I got what I guess was the W10 Anniversary update.

I would like to find out what is causing this behavior, and fix it. After entering the password from a locked screen, it opened almost instantly.

No problem logging into my other admin account. When I tried to access the limited account, the popup said no privileges - continue? So I continued. The progress bar got to about 99.9% of the limited account and then I waited about 20 minutes (maybe 10 minutes). I wouldn't be surprised if the long delay here is related to my waiting for the password to open up the limited account. After the progress bar completed, I was able to access the files I needed from the limited account.

Thanks in advance.
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bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
did you try creating anther limited account and see if the problem persists with the new account?
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Google is suggesting that Auto-hide maybe the culprit (if you have it enabled try with it off)
If you have more than one Limited User account on the machine see if, once the initial delay is over, switching to another limited account opens normally.
For analysis, logon as admin, download and start the MS freeware "procmon", start logging and do a fast user switch, leaving admin logged on and logging still running.
Everything will be logged and you'll see what is going on.
phoffricAuthor Commented:
I'll try adding another limited account tomorrow. I have only one limited account. This has gotten worse.
I disabled taskbar Auto-hide, locked the screen, and bingo, I logged in instantly! (But, short lived happiness.) Logged out, and logged into admin. Seemed to take a couple of seconds - no big deal.

I disabled taskbar Auto-hide in admin and logged out. Now weirdness... The 6 white circles kept circling for 20 minutes and the screen said "Welcome" even though I was trying to log out.

Then came back to limited and only had to wait about 5 minutes - an improvement.

Downloaded Process Monitor v3.31, but with these large delays, I'll try it tomorrow.

Thanks for the ideas.
phoffricAuthor Commented:
Working now. Not sure why. I had done what MASQ said, and initially there was no improvement. I then allowed the task bar to auto-hide and rebooted. Things are working for now. If it happens again, I'll install the procmon and look at the report.

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