How to Change the Windows 7 Logon Screen

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Many Windows 7 users eventually become bored with the familiar logon screen, but few know how to change the screen and make it more interesting. For this straightforward procedure, you simply need to acquaint yourself with a few easy steps and have a new background image handy that you want to use for your custom screen.

Things You'll Need

  • Background image (JPG, GIF or PNG)
  • Open the Registry Editor. Click the Windows “Start” button, type “regedit” into the Search box and press “Enter.”

  • Search through the registry and find the following key:

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

    Change the value of OEMBackground to “1” in the input field to the right of the key name.

  • Click the “Start” button again and type “%windir%\system32\oobe” without the quotes into the Search box. Press “Enter.” Copy the image that you want to use for your new logon screen here. Right-click, make a new folder and name it “info”. Make a subfolder under this and name it “backgrounds”. Place your new background image here and rename the file to "backgroundDefault.jpg".

  • Reboot your computer. Your custom Windows 7 logon screen should appear.

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  • Photo Credit Joe Raedle/Getty Images News/Getty Images
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