- Feb 2, 2012
This is a simple How-To for customizing your Windows 7 login screen.
Please Note: There are always risks involved when editing the windows registry. Proceed with caution.
Step 1 - A Quick Registry Edit
Click on the Start button and enter regedit in the Search box. There should only be one item listed in the search results called, you guessed it, regedit. Click on it.
Now depending on how you have your windows settings configured, you may or may not get the User Account Control popup window. If you do, just click Yes. If you don't get the popup then you are already in the registry editor.
Right click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and select the Find command. Type OEMBackground in the text field and make sure only Values is checked. You may have to un-check Keys and Data.
The HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background key will open. Double-click the OEMBackground value. You'll see the Edit DWORD dialog box. Change the value data from 0 to 1. Click OK and close the Registry Editor. Step 1 is complete!
Step 2 - Creating Two Folders
Launch Windows Explorer. Go to the C:\Windows\System32\oobe folder. Create a new folder called info inside of the oobe folder. Then create a second new folder called backgrounds inside of the info folder that you just created.
Step 3 - Adding Your Custom Wallpaper
The image that you choose must meet the following requirements:
- JPG file type
- Called exactly backgroundDefault.jpg
- Cannot exceed 256 KB in file size
- Image dimensions should match your native screen resolution, otherwise it will be stretched and distorted.
Once your image has met all of the above requirements, drop it in the backgrounds folder that you created in Step 2. When you copy your image file into this folder, you may get a confirmation dialog box. Just click continue.
Step 4 - Finishing Touches
Depending on the custom wallpaper that you are using, you may have to adjust the shadows behind the button and text on the Logon screen. To alter the shadows, launch the Register Editor again as you did in Step 1. Go to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI folder. Open the LogonUI folder, and create a new DWORD value called ButtonSet.
You can then configure the shadow by setting the value data to one of the following numbers:
- 0 = Light Shadow
- 1 = Dark Shadow
- 2 = No Shadow