Change Log on 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 or1024 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 asbackgroundDefault.jpg.

3. You will need to copy this image to

C:\Windows\system32\oobe\info\backgrounds

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

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\
LogonUI\Background

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!

6 Responses to “Change Log on Screen background in Windows 7”

  1. ethical-hacking.in

    Nov 15. 2010

    Clever things, speaks)

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  2. amit

    Mar 19. 2011

    when i try to copy the picture,
    it says folder does not exist

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  3. tarun

    May 18. 2011

    you just need tune-up-utility software…….by this you can change the logon screen…

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    • rc

      May 18. 2011

      @tarun: bro we all know that but in this site, we personally don’t ercommend using softwares… You learn many things doing manually rather than depending upon the softwares.. that’s why I made this post..

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  4. Bala

    Aug 03. 2011

    Is that logon screen change applicable only for windows7 or can we use that in windows xp?

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