Windows 7 can change Welcome Screen which you see when you Log-in to your computer. Windows 7 makes it possible to change the welcome screen that appears when you start your computer without any additional Software, but this setting is hidden. You can set any image you like as your background without any stress on your computer.
This is an advantage which is provided by Microsoft Windows to their users. This feature is disabled by default, so you’ll have to enable it from the Registry Editor. You can also use the Group Policy Editor if you have a Professional version of Windows, if so then you can scroll down a bit for the Group Policy Editor method.
This setting is intended for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to customize their systems, but there’s nothing stopping you from using it yourself. All you have to do is change a single registry value and put an image file in the correct location.If you feel uncomfortable in doing this task then you may use the 2nd Method. So lets get started with this trick on:
How to Change the Logon Screen on Windows 7:
- Launch the Registry Editor by typing regedit in the search box of the Start menu and pressing Enter.
- In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following key:
- You’ll see an DWORD value named OEMBackground. If you don’t see it, right-click in the right pane, point to the New submenu and create a new DWORD value with this name.
- Double-click the OEMBackground value and set its value to 1.
Note: that selecting a new theme in the Appearance and Personalization window will “unset” this registry value.
Selecting a theme will change the value of the key to the value stored in the theme’s “.ini file”, which is probably 0(zero) – if you change your theme, you’ll have to perform this registry tweak again.
- Changing the settings in group policy will allow it to stay the made changes as it is even when you change your theme, but the Group Policy Editor is only available in Professional editions of Windows 7.
- If you have access to the Group Policy Editor, run gpedit.msc from the Start menu on Windows 7.
- Navigate to the following section in the Group Policy Editor of your windows 7:
- You’ll find a setting named “Always use custom login background” Double-click on it and set it to Enabled.
Now you have to set your Desired Image.
- Your image file should be less than 256 KB in size.
- It’s also a good idea to use an image file that matches with the resolution of your monitor.
Windows looks for the custom logon screen background image in the following directory:
By default, the info and backgrounds folders don’t exist. Navigate to the C:\Windows\System32\oobe folder and create them yourself by right-clicking inside the folder, pointing it to a New, and selecting New Folder.
Copy your desired background image to the backgrounds folder and name it as “backgroundDefault.jpg”.
The change will take effect immediately – no system reboot is required by your Windows 7. The first time you log out or lock your screen (try the Windows Key + L keyboard shortcut), you’ll see your new background.
You can also watch a video on this →
Don’t forget to Give your valuable comments..