Just what the title says! Windows 7 supports the ability to load images into the background of the login screen without the use of third-party software or manual hacks.To change the logon desktop background, you just need to complete two simple steps.
Windows 7 Lets you Change the Logon Background Image
- Launch the Registry Editor (regedit.exe)
- Create a new DWORD value named OEMBackground
- Double-click OEMBackground and set 1 as its value data.
- Exit the Registry Editor.
Editor’s Note: I’ve observed that it also works if you create the OEMBackground value in the following Policy key:
Alternately, you can use the following Group Policy setting in Windows 7:
- Start the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)
- Go to the following branch:
Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → System → Logon
- Set Always use custom logon background to Enabled.
- Close the Group Policy Editor.
- The next step is to place the background wallpaper (JPEG file) in the following folder:
Note that the info folder doesn’t exist by default. You need to create the info and backgrounds folders manually.
- Place the background image file (name it as backgroundDefault.jpg) into the above folder.
Third-party Logon Changer Utility
There is also a 3rd party tool to automate the task. The Logon Changer for Windows from Steve Sinchak provides an easy way to customize the login screen background with just a few clicks. Download Logon Changer for Windows from Tweaks.com, and run it.
Click Change Logon Screen. Select a JPG image (must be less than 256KB)
Note that there is also an option to revert back to the default login screen.
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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and has a vast experience in Windows — delivering support for Microsoft's consumer products. He has been a Microsoft MVP (2003-2012) who contributes to various Windows support forums.