How To Change the Windows Logon Screen Saver in Windows XP

Published: November 23, 2004
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When you start Windows, you may be presented with the Windows XP welcome screen, which prompts you click your user name to begin, or you may be presented with a Welcome to Windows dialog box that prompts you to press CTRL+ALT+DEL to log on. By default, if you do not press a key for 10 minutes, the Windows logon screen saver (Logon.scr). To change the logon screen saver, follow these steps.

HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop

IMPORTANT:  Make sure that you correctly specify the path to the screen saver. If the screen saver is located in %SystemRoot%\System32, the explicit path is not required.

Simpler method using Tweak UI PowerToy for XP

Automate the above task using Tweak UI for Windows XP. See this page for more information on how to copy / apply the Wallpaper, Background, Screensaver and other settings to the logon screen using Tweak UI Powertoy from Microsoft.