Change the Windows Logon screen background color

With no logon wallpaper set, Windows displays a pre-defined color for the logon desktop. ( If you have enabled Welcome Screen, press CTRL+ALT+DEL twice to see the logon screen background color. ) To change the logon background color to that of your choice, you need to alter the registry:

HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colors

Example: Type 0 0 0  if you want to see a Black background. You can choose any combination from 0-255

Points to ponder

  • If the logon Wallpaper is set, the background Color may not be visible. So, you must reset the Wallpaper value to a blank string in this key: HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop

  • If the Background value is set under the following Winlogon registry key, the above setting is ignored. In other words, the Winlogon\Background value takes precedence over the .DEFAULT..\Background value.

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon


Automate the above task using this utility

This tiny utility provides you the option to choose a color from the Color Picker dialog and can reset the logon Wallpaper if you want. Choose your preferred Color and click Apply Background color. Remove Logon Screen wallpaper option clears the logon wallpaper.

Download (~6KB Zip)

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