How to change the logon screen of WINDOWS 7

If you are using windows and you constantly try to experiment with it, then this thought must have came into mind that HOW TO CUSTOMIZE THE LOGON SCREEN. In XP you had to go through various registry edits which were difficult and often very confusing. But in Windows 7, this is not the case. Microsoft people have taken care of this thing in Windows 7, so that you don't have to go through various regedits to customize the logon screen. Just one registry edit and you are good to go. Just follow the steps below and you'll be able to customize it in no time.

1. Press Win key+R and type regedit and hit enter.

2. Go to HKEY_Local_Machine ->Software->Microsoft->Windows->CurrentVersion->Authentication->LogonUI->Background

3. Double click on key named OEMBackground and change its value to 1.

There you go, you have done the registry part now some simple edits and the task is done.

4.Go to C:\Windows\System32\oobe\info\backgrounds.(If info or backgrounds folder is not present then create one).

5. Now put in any JPG file with size less than 256 kb in this folder and rename it to backgroundDefault.jpg. This file will be stretched to fit the screen, so you would want it to match the resolution of your screen so that image doesn’t look bad. You can use something like or Photoshop’s Save as/Save for Web feature to reduce image size.

With the help of tools:

1. Download the Logon Changer from, that lets you choose a image file to use as your logon background. That all what you do, just choose an image and Logon Changer will take care of everything else including the file size limit. It also makes it super easy to revert back to the default Logon Screen.


2. Download the Windows 7 Logon Screen Rotator – takes the logon screen customization one step further by allowing you to select a set of images. It will then randomly use one of these images as the logon screen.
There you have it. Using any of the above method you can easily change Windows 7 logon screen to any wallpaper of your choice or that witty one liner graphic you created yourself or perhaps even one of your photos as long as they meet the requirements. Let me know your experience of using these methods and I would love to see what you have as your logon screen. Mention them in comments!
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