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How to Change the Logon Screen Background in Windows 7

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How would you like to change the logon screen background in Windows 7
so as to give your Windows a customized look and feel?  With a small
tweak it is possible to customize the Windows 7 logon screen and set
your own picture/wallpaper as the background. Changing logon screen
background in Windows 7 is as simple as changing your desktop wallpaper.
Well here is a step by step instruction to customize the logon screen

1. The image you need to set as the background should be a .jpg file and it’s size should not exceed 245KB.

2. The image resolution can be anything of your choice. However I
prefer 1440 x 900 or 1024 x 768. You can use any of the photo editing
software such as Photoshop to compress and set the resolution for your
image. Once you’re done, save this image as backgroundDefault.jpg.

3. You will need to copy this image to


You will need to create that path if it does not already exist on your computer.

4. Now open the Registry Editor (Start -> Run -> Type regedit) and navigate to the following key



If Background does not exist rightclick LogonUI, select New and then
Key, and then name it Background. Now locate OEMBackground (listed on
the right side). If it does not exist, right-click Background and select
New and then DWORD and name it OEMBackground.

5. Double-click on OEMBackground and set the Value Data to 1.

6. Now log-off to see the new logon screen background. If you would
like to revert back to the default background, just set the Value Data
back to 0.

  1. Shankar Murali
    June 22nd, 2012 at 13:08 | #1

    Informative and useful.Thanx a lot..

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