How To Change Windows 7 Logon Screen manually

July 5, 2012Blog


Windows 7 has the ability to change the logon screen built into it using registry. Well It’s a sort of functionality that makes it easy for OEMs to include their custom branding, but nothing stops you to take advantage of it. In this article we shall first look into how you can change the logon screen manually and then we will point you towards some tools that make the job easier and add even more feature rich. So let’s get started.

Adding Manually

Its is always nice to know how things work behind the scenes, what better way to do so then try them out yourself. To change the logon screen manually follow these steps:

  • 1. Fire up registry editor (Win Key + R and then type regedit, hit enter)
  • 2. Browse to


  • double click on key named OEMBackground and change its value to 1 (If you cannot find the path or the key go ahead and create it, remember OEMBackground is a Dword)

3. You just enabled the OEM Background functionality. Now browse to the folder


within Windows explorer. %windir% refers to your Windows install directory


in most systems. Again the folder path may not exist already, so you can go ahead and create required folders (info and backgrounds are generally not present)

4. Now put in any JPG file with size less than 256 kb in this folder and rename it to backgroundDefault.jpg. This file will be stretched to fit the screen, so you would want it to match the resolution of your screen so that image doesn’t look bad. You can something like or Photoshop’s Save as/Save for Web feature to reduce image size.

In the next tutorial, I will explain how to Change Logon Screens using custom applications.


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