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September 5, 2011

Changing Windows 7 Logon Screen

In Windows operating system Microsoft provides the way to change the theme, but many users like me, also want to change other components of system like logon screen.
In Windows XP it was little bit difficult to change the logon screen, but we could get great customization. In windows 7, officially we can change the logon screen just changing some registry entries, we don’t need to do reverse engineering.

So these are the steps that you have to follow:

  • Create a JPG format image of your monitor screen size like (1024x768 or 1152x864) to know your screen size check out resolution properties.
  • Design, edit and save it with the name of “BackgroundDefault.jpg” (size should be about 100 KB).
  • Now make new folders info and backgrounds to “\WINDOWS\system32\oobe” new address will be like “\WINDOWS\system32\oobe\info\backgrounds”.
  • Copy image to “backgrounds” folder.
  • Now go to registry editor and go to following key
    Warning: If you are not familiar to registry editor create backup before editing
    HKEY-LOCAL-MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Authentication > LogonUI > Background
    Select the variable “OEMBackground”, then change its value to '1'
  • It’s done, logoff and logon again.
Note that: if you want to restore the original screen you can change the value of “OEMBackground” key to '0'.

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  1. Great post. Even Thought not so long but its has the informations when want to know. Thanks a lot.

  2. This is working great thank you.