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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\
Current Version\

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\
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 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
That's a pretty good one!
I feel stupid for asking this, but where are the alternative resolutions?

EDIT: nevermind, I unzipped the file haha
bozskie Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
mick2386 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
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 !
jeocepe Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
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..
CitizenJustin Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, make the folder called 'info' and put it inside 'oobe', then make the folder called 'backgrounds' and put it inside 'info'.
oye-jorge Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Is it possible to get this in 1600x900? I've tried to resize all the ones in the zip with no success.
CitizenJustin Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The 1920x1080 would have worked best for resizing, but I've put a 1600x900 one in anyway.
Silver-Blur-X Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  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.
CitizenJustin Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  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.
Silver-Blur-X Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  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
skyninja53 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thenewchuchoarcila Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
is it possible to change the color of the default windows screen
CitizenJustin Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  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.
thenewchuchoarcila Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
ok thank you
combichrist18 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks been looking for one of these why cant windows come with the wallpapers the os stands for ?
kxxxxl Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
It seems to me to not think of a better Ultimate
vanhaduca Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
wow nice thanks for the log on screen....
J-Lindo Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  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
qpstrafe Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
looks pretty good. i recolorized the green so there arent any blue outlines and it looks perfect
CitizenJustin Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, no problem. Do what you want with it.
qpstrafe Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
the wallpaper on my laptop
PR-Imagery Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  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]
jozvel Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
Why is it not working :( what should be the "backgrounds' folder" be names?
I named it background.


not working :(
CitizenJustin Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
No longer working for me either. I think one of the automatic 'Windows upgrades' has locked us out from making this change.
jozvel Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
its working now. :D thanks for the black log on background! I love it!
ToxicNano666 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
NICE!!! : )
inmenzo27 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
hey can you make this into a 1920x1080 widescreen thanks...!!!
CitizenJustin Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Done. Now in 1920x1200, 1920x1080, 1600x1200, 1440x900, 1360x768, 1280x768, 1280x1024, 1280x800, 1280x960, 1152x864 and 1024x768.
azbulldog Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
Do you have a version that is less compressed?
CitizenJustin Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Sadly, no. The original jpeg was never intended to be black, and compression that didn't show when it was blue, does show when it's dark grey. This is the biggest file I can get from the original. But I'll have another go sometime, and if I can twiddle the brightness and contrast of the dark grey/black a little I can get something that's more presentable. I'll let you know when I do.
The-Phantom-Writer Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
I wish it was in higher def... but I applaud your effort!
CitizenJustin Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
The source material was only 1920x1200.
extreme-x Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
this is amazing great work buddy~!
giura Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
your the best , thanks
alwayssadnest Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
HAHA~You heard the wish !
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