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How do you change the background on the winlogon desktop?

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  • Oh that's right, MS says you can't
    OH MS!!  ARG!!!!
    I thought this was suppose to be easier.

    Actually there appears to be hacks to do this, but why o why isn't it easy?
    Thursday, November 19, 2009 3:26 PM

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  • Hi,

     

    Please take the following steps to replace Logon UI logo.

     

    1. Click Start, type Regedit and press Enter

     

    2. Navigate to

     

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

     

    3. Change value of OEMBackground to 1.

     

    4. Now navigate to %windir%\system32\oobe, create folder “info”, double click it and create another new folder “backgrounds”

     

    5. Now place your desired logon file into %windir%\system32\oobe\info\backgrounds

     

    6. Rename the file to backgroundDefault.jpg. (Please NOTE: Images must be less than 256kb in size).

     

    Hope it helps.

    Tuesday, December 01, 2009 8:56 AM
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  • There is a handy tool for this and it is called Tweaks.com Logon changer, http://tweaks.com/software/tweakslogon/
    Thursday, November 19, 2009 3:35 PM
  • For 7 MS has new Group Policy options including "Always use custom logon background" (Computer Config > Policies > Admin Templates > System > Logon).  Additionally there are some 3rd party tools that make it even easier for users.
    Thursday, November 19, 2009 4:45 PM
  • Why do responses always show up twice?
    Is that so I'm forced to accept bad suggestions as solutions?
    Monday, November 30, 2009 7:52 PM
  • Why do responses always show up twice?
    Is that so I'm forced to accept bad suggestions as solutions?

    No, so that people looking for the answer to your questions will not have to browse an entire thread to find the solution :)
    Monday, November 30, 2009 9:11 PM
  • Hi,

     

    Please take the following steps to replace Logon UI logo.

     

    1. Click Start, type Regedit and press Enter

     

    2. Navigate to

     

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

     

    3. Change value of OEMBackground to 1.

     

    4. Now navigate to %windir%\system32\oobe, create folder “info”, double click it and create another new folder “backgrounds”

     

    5. Now place your desired logon file into %windir%\system32\oobe\info\backgrounds

     

    6. Rename the file to backgroundDefault.jpg. (Please NOTE: Images must be less than 256kb in size).

     

    Hope it helps.

    Tuesday, December 01, 2009 8:56 AM
    Moderator
  • I'm curious... 
    Is the kb in 256kb kilobits?
    or is it kilobytes?
    I thought lower case b meant bits and uppercase B meant Bytes.
    Either way, if you use explorer to confirm the size of your file it will say KB, alas, 255KB is not a valid size.
    There is some magical number less than that that does work.
    I had to keep sizing my pic down from 255KB (in explorer view) by 1% each time until I got it to show.
    It finally showed when explorer reported my picture as 247KB

    Now I'm wondering what size it has to be?
    lets see...
    2^18 = 262144 (which would be a logical size req, some power of 2, makes sense right?  This is after all a computer)

    Now, a file I got to work
    explorer reports my file as 247KB
    and cmd prompt reports my file as 252,590

    The previous file that did not work
    explorer says 255KB
    cmd prompt 260,236

    Either way, they  are all less than 2^18, yet only 1/2 of 'em don't work.

    Sooo easy... Thanks MS.
    Monday, January 25, 2010 4:12 PM
  • Hi i get stuck when you have to 'navigate to the %windir%system thing do u do that in the internet i did it in google chrome and it links back to this page? How do i make a new folder? I then just made a folder in my documents and it didnt work....any help?I did the other stuff and the tweak download isnt working for me Im windows 7
    Saturday, September 17, 2011 12:26 PM