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Now with all resolutions supported!

Thanks to [link] for making the original available for me to alter.

Some programs, like LogonStudio or LogonVista, can change the login screen for you. If you don't have one of these, here's how to do it manually (Windows 7 Only):

Launch the Registry by holding Windows and R.
Type regedit.exe into the box.

Make your way to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\
SOFTWARE\
Microsoft\
Windows\
Current Version\
Authentication\
LogonUI\
Background.

In here you will find a key called OEMBackground.
(If there isn't one, make it yourself.) That key is set to 0. Change it to 1.

Close the Registry.

Pick your image.
It has to be a JPG;
it has to be the exact same resolution as your monitor;
and it also has to be less than 256kb.
(I've done all the known display resolutions here except for 2560x1440 and 2560x1600. Both impossible, as the source material was only 1920x1200.)

Go to the ‘C\
Windows\
System32\
oobe\
info\
backgrounds’ folder.

If there isn’t such a folder, make it yourself.

Save your image in there, as backgroundDefault.jpg.

Next time you log out, there it is!

(Sometimes it forgets at first; you may have to repeat the Registry procedure again.)
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JMATheHomie's avatar
JMATheHomie|Hobbyist Interface Designer
That's a pretty good one!
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RaizenTheFallen's avatar
I feel stupid for asking this, but where are the alternative resolutions?

EDIT: nevermind, I unzipped the file haha
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mick2386's avatar
Hey there, I've been stuck for a while because I didn't understand how you were able to give a value to a key in the Registry. :o (Eek) 
In fact "OEMBackground" is a DWORD value and it should be added like this. I think it's a good precision to give ;) (Wink).
Another good information about logon wallpaper files' name : 
if you prefix  your jpg files' name with "background" (like "background[resolution].jpg") Ms.Windows will take the image that matches your screen resolution. So there's no need to rename the file if you change the resolution of the screen and there's no need to know the current resolution of the screen.
By the way, I have a new logon wallpaper. Thank you for your work : good job !
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jeocepe's avatar
excuse me.. my windows 7 does not have C/Windows/System32/oobe/info/backgroud

only this one C/Windows/System32/oobe/

maybe I should make folder named "info" and inside it is the "backround" folder.. is this the right way?

I'm sorry but your instruction above is not clear to me..
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CitizenJustin's avatar
CitizenJustin|Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, make the folder called 'info' and put it inside 'oobe', then make the folder called 'backgrounds' and put it inside 'info'.
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oye-jorge's avatar
Is it possible to get this in 1600x900? I've tried to resize all the ones in the zip with no success.
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CitizenJustin|Hobbyist Photographer
The 1920x1080 would have worked best for resizing, but I've put a 1600x900 one in anyway.
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Silver-Blur-X|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm trying to use LogonStudio but it doesn't replace it for me. Not even the default ones work.
I've tried running it as administrator, still doesn't.
Can you help me with this? Because I don't trust myself to muck around in the registry. I've broken things that way.
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CitizenJustin|Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry, LogonStudio and the Registry procedure outlined above are the only two ways I know.

Apart from hacking the imageres.dll file if you have the software for it. That's how I do it... but I have also changed the login sound and half of the icons. I don't know if it's worth doing that if all you want to do is change the login screen, especially as you'd have to back up everything first of course using something like Norton Ghost or equivalent.
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Silver-Blur-X|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bah, that's alright.
I had a close call of breaking my desktop trying to use an external montior. Stupid HP computers, break when you try to do what they're made to do...

So I'm not going to do anything risky for a long time lol
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skyninja53|Hobbyist General Artist
awesome
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thenewchuchoarcila's avatar
is it possible to change the color of the default windows screen
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CitizenJustin's avatar
CitizenJustin|Hobbyist Photographer
If you have it as jpg you can alter it by changing the overall hue. But this will also change the colour of the 'stem' from green to something else.
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combichrist18|Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks been looking for one of these why cant windows come with the wallpapers the os stands for ?
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kxxxxl's avatar
kxxxxl|Hobbyist Artist
It seems to me to not think of a better Ultimate
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vanhaduca's avatar
wow nice thanks for the log on screen....
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J-Lindo's avatar
J-Lindo|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! That goes perfect with that background! I wasn't even thinking of this. Thank you a TON for this! It looks very awesome
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qpstrafe's avatar
looks pretty good. i recolorized the green so there arent any blue outlines and it looks perfect
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CitizenJustin|Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, no problem. Do what you want with it.
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qpstrafe's avatar
the wallpaper on my laptop
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PR-Imagery|Hobbyist General Artist
and of course, theres always many freeware program that will do this for you, tweaking the reg isnt for the illiterate and technologically inept :p.
for those who fit that profile click here: [link]
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jozvel's avatar
Why is it not working :( what should be the "backgrounds' folder" be names?
I named it background.

C/windows/system32/oobe/info/background

not working :(
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