Changing Logon Screen Colour/Picture? RRS feed

  • Question

  • We have machines that are XP, Vista, and Windows 7, mostly 32bit but some 64bit.

    Is there a single simple way to specify that the logon screen should either be simply black, with no wallpaper, or to specify a wallpaper?

    I can find individual guides for XP, Vista, and Windows 7, but nothing seems to cover everything so I'm a little unsure of the best (maybe I should say simplest) way to achieve this.

    Thanks in advance.

    Tuesday, December 21, 2010 6:52 PM


All replies

  • Hi,


    As far as I know, there is no such group policy can control the logon screen wallpaper for Windows XP, Vista and 7 centrally.


    According to the installed operating systems, you may consider to move them to the different OUs and link the GPOs.


    For Windows XP clients, you may try to create a shared folder to save the wallpaper and create a Registry GPP to modify the logon screen wallpaper path.


    For Windows 7 clients, you may try to create a Registry and Files GPP to replace the logon screen wallpaper.


    For more information, please refer to the following links:


    How to Change Windows XP Logon Screen background


    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.


    Customizing the Windows 7 logon screen: no additional tools required

    You may also try to achieve this goal by modify the registry with startup scripts. For the detailed scripts, please refer to the following thread:


    script to change logon wallpaper on windows XP and 7 ...


    If you encounter any difficulties when customizing the scripts, you may submit a new question in The Official Scripting Guys Forum! which is a best resource for scripting related issues.


    The Official Scripting Guys Forum!



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    Wednesday, December 22, 2010 7:58 AM
  • Thank you, seems a little fiddly for Windows 7 but seems to backup what I thought i.e. two different GPO's with different WMI filters to target XP and Windows 7.

    That leaves Vista, which I believe is damned near impossible via GPO due to the way it uses imageres.dll rather than a plain vanilla .jpg?



    Wednesday, December 22, 2010 3:18 PM
  • Hi Paul,

    As per this article about Vista wallpaper, I think it is possible to change it if you use GPP to rename the existing .dll and then push the new one. I did not tried it, but it might work.

    Wednesday, December 22, 2010 3:29 PM