How to change login screen in Windows 7 - Logon Screen Windows 7 Create/Set a Custom Background

This Tutorial will show you, how to customize the Windows 7 Logon screen background image without using any third party software. So to do this you need to make some changes in the Windows Registry and Group Policy, don't worry about that I will show you the step by step process to  change the background image of your Windows 7 Log-in screen.



Things to Remember

  • Windows Logo Key+R to Open 'Run' box, in the Run box
  • Type regedit and press Enter Key to Open Registry Editor 
  • Type gpedit.msc and press Enter Key to open Local Group Policy Editor


How to change the Log-In screen image on Windows 7

  • Go to registry editor (Windows Key+R and type regedit press Enter)

  • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background

  • Double Click on OEMBackground and Change the Value data 0 to 1
Windows Registry Editor to change the login screen windows 7

If the key 'OEMBackground' not exist, right-click on the right pannel New-->DWORD Value with the name OEMBackground.
  • Go to C:\Windows\System32\oobe (if you have Windows in C: Drive or change the drive letter to your Windows installed drive).
  • Create a Folder with the Name info and create a backgrounds folder inside the info folder.
 
Create a backgrounds folder inside the info folder C:\Windows\System32\oobe to place your custom image for windows 7 log-on screen

Rename your wallpaper/image to backgroundDefault.jpg (the image file should be in .jpg format and less than 256 KB) and place it inside the backgrounds folder.
  • Now you have successfully set your custom background image for Windows 7 Log-on Screen, to check this Log-off, restart your PC or press Windows Key+L form the Keyboard and enjoy

Note: When you set a new theme for your Windows 7, the registry value may change to the default value. But you can prevent this by doing some setting in your 'Group Policy', lets have a look below process to change the Group Policy for the PC.



Group Policy Setting For Custom Login Background Windows 7

  • Open Group Policy (Windows Key+R type gpedit.msc and Press Enter)
  • Go to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon
  • Find the “Always use custom login background” From the right-side panel,
 
Local Group Policy Editor to always use custom logon background Windows 7
  • Double Click on it
  • Click on Enabled then Click on OK button

Enable Always use custom logon background Windows 7 Group policy editor

So finally you have successfully changed your Windows 7 log-on screen by using Registry editor and Group policy editor and custom image.


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