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Sunday, July 11, 2010

How to Change the Logon Screen Background in Windows 7 !

How would you like to change the logon screen background in Windows 7 so as to give your Windows a customized look and feel? With a small tweak it is possible to customize the Windows 7 logon screen and set your own picture/wallpaper as the background. Changing logon screen background in Windows 7 is as simple as changing your desktop wallpaper. Well here is a step by step instruction to customize the logon screen background.
1. The image you need to set as the background should be a .jpg file and it’s size should not exceed 245KB.

2. The image resolution can be anything of your choice. However I prefer 1440 x 900 or 1024 x 768. You can use any of the photo editing software such as Photoshop to compress and set the resolution for your image. Once you’re done, save this image as backgroundDefault.jpg.

3. You will need to copy this image to
You will need to create that path if it does not already exist on your computer.

4. Now open the Registry Editor (Start - Run -Type regedit) and navigate to the following key
If Background does not exist rightclick LogonUI, select New and then Key, and then name it Background. Now locate OEMBackground (listed on the right side). If it does not exist, right-click Background and select New and then DWORD and name it OEMBackground.

5. Double-click on OEMBackground and set the Value Data to 1.

6. Now log-off to see the new logon screen background. If you would like to revert back to the default background, just set the Value Data back to 0.
I hope you like this trick. Just try out and give your feedback!

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  1. I tried this on my sister's computer but it wasn't working. It was over the maximum KB allowed. Thanks for this!

  2. Great help, i've got sick of default background image of windows 7 log on.

  3. It is really easy, you've told an easy way of changing log files without any problem. Thanks.

  4. A very good way of doing it, thanks very much...

  5. Finally Microsoft has incorporated a new feature in the latest build (7057) of Windows 7 which supports the end user to change the logon screen background without using any hacks or third-party tools.

  6. In previous version of Windows, user had to use third-parry tools like Tune-Up-Utilities to change the logon screen background easily. Windows 7 now supports customization of Windows 7 logon screen officially. Replacing the old logon screen is just another task like changing wallpaper (Desktop background). Thanks to withinwindows for finding out this excellent feature.

  7. As you probably now, Windows 7 allows the user to change the logon screen background without the help of any hacks or tools. Unlike XP and Vista you need not to use any third-party utilities to change the logon screen background in Windows 7.
    User can change the logon screen background without any tools or hacks using my “How to change Windows 7 logon screen background” guide. If you don’t wish to follow the lengthy procedure, here is a small utility that helps you change the logon screen easily.

  8. Cool trick. Having the old can get old very fast. It's nice to make a change sometimes. Definitely getting a cute wallpaper for my new logon screen background.

  9. You have provided some nice trick here...And Windows7 looks more great now!!


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