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GPO for Window 7 shows default logon picture at lock screen but not at startup

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  • I made several changes via my gpo (Windows 2012r2 (level 2008r2) for my windows 7 machines.  Now the background is the same for all at both startup and logon (lock screen).  However, while the correct default picture is showing at lock screen it is not at power on.  I have set the default picture to the one we desire and as I said it all works fine at the lock screen, but our IT Manager wants the startup screen to have the company logo in the picture (background is correct.)  Any thoughts?

    Thank you!


    Rebecca Palmer

    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 12:24 PM

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  • Am 08.11.2016 um 13:24 schrieb MerlinWV:
    > However, while the correct default picture is showing at lock screen
    > it is not at power on.  I have set the default picture to the one we
    > desire
     
    How did you replace %programdata%\Microsoft\User Account Pictures\user.bmp
     
    Make sure, that this file is already there and not deployed by GP in
    background. The customization of the default BMP should be done in OS
    Deployment, not later on by policy.
     
     
    Mark
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    Mark Heitbrink - MVP Group Policy - Cloud and Datacenter Management
     
    Homepage:  http://www.gruppenrichtlinien.de - deutsch
     
    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 1:02 PM
  • I did put the file in there using a gpo, but I also tried putting it in there manually.  After reading your link, I realized that it has more to do with the information below.  We require that at startup they input both user name and password for security purposes.  I would rather have that in place than worry about a picture.  Thank you for the information.


    Rebecca Palmer

    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 1:55 PM
  • Hi,
     
    Am 08.11.2016 um 14:55 schrieb MerlinWV:
    > [...] We require that at startup they input both user name and
    > password for security purposes.
     
    Replace all bmps in that folder with your desired ones.
     
    Mark
    --
    Mark Heitbrink - MVP Group Policy - Cloud and Datacenter Management
     
    Homepage:  http://www.gruppenrichtlinien.de - deutsch
     
    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 2:17 PM
  • Already did that.  That was one of the first steps I took.  Thanks

    Rebecca Palmer

    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 3:37 PM
  • Hi Rebecca,
    Please check if the value of OEMBackground registry is changed to 1 on windows 7, you could follow:
    Step 1: Open the Windows Start menu and enter regedit into the search bar.
    Step 2: Right click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and select Find.
    Step 3: Search for OEMBackground, which should be in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Authentication/LogonUI/Background. If the key does not exist, add a new DWORD value with the name OEMBackground.
    Step 4: Double click on the entry OEMBackground, and check the value.
    In addition, regarding to use Group Policy to configure Windows 7 Logon UI Background Wallpaper, you could follow the article as below to try again:
    http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2011/04/best-practice-how-to-use-group-policy-to-configure-windows-7-logon-ui-background-wallpaper/
    Please Note: Since the web site is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.
    Best regards,
    Wendy

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    Wednesday, November 9, 2016 7:36 AM
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  • Thanks Wendy, but that was already set correctly.  The background is working, it is the "user picture" that is blank.  I think it is because we require them to enter a user name at power on.

    Rebecca Palmer

    Wednesday, November 9, 2016 1:45 PM
  • Am 09.11.2016 um 14:45 schrieb MerlinWV:
    > I think it is because
    > we require them to enter a user name at power on.
     
    Because the system does not know who will logon, makes sense, but I
    thaught it would load a default picture ... is your bitmap in the right
    size/shape?  448x448, 24bit (in Windows 10)
     
    Mark
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    Mark Heitbrink - MVP Group Policy - Cloud and Datacenter Management
     
    Homepage:  http://www.gruppenrichtlinien.de - deutsch
     
    Wednesday, November 9, 2016 2:46 PM
  • Our PC's are Windows 7, and I did double check that the default size was correct for win7

    Rebecca Palmer

    Wednesday, November 9, 2016 3:36 PM
  • Hi Rebecca,

    Please have a try the following blog to see if it works:

    Customizing the Windows 7 logon screen: no additional tools required

    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/jamesone/2009/05/07/customizing-the-windows-7-logon-screen-no-additional-tools-required/

    If the problem persists, I am afraid that there is no official ways to finish that, you might need some third party tool to try again, you could refer to the following thread for more details:

    Changing the login screen background (not the lockscreen)

    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/3d40f841-63eb-4909-a707-0444266f24a3/changing-the-login-screen-background-not-the-lockscreen?forum=w8itprogeneral

    Best regards,

    Wendy


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    Monday, November 14, 2016 1:55 AM
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  • Hi,

    I am checking how the issue going, if you still have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

    And if the replies as above are helpful, we would appreciate you to mark them as answers, and if you resolve it using your own solution, please share your experience and solution here. It will be greatly helpful to others who have the same question.

    Appreciate for your feedback.

    Best regards,

    Wendy


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    Friday, November 18, 2016 9:06 AM
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  • I have tried all of the suggestions, but none of them have worked.  However, since it is only when the machines are powering up, I am not going to spend any further time and effort on this matter.  Thank you to everyone who has offered their assistance.

    Rebecca Palmer

    Friday, November 18, 2016 1:24 PM
  • Hi Rebecca,
    Ok, if you have any questions further, please feel free to contact us.
    Best regards,
    Wendy

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    Monday, November 21, 2016 1:26 AM
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