How to Change Windows 7 Logon Screen

By default, Windows 7 displays the blue logon screen.

If you do not want the default one, then you can change it in two different ways.

You can change it using software or by manually. Let's get started.

Change Windows 7 Logon Screen

Method #1

Change Windows 7 Logon Screen using Software

"Windows 7 Logon Background Changer" is a free software which helps us to do this task quickly and easily.

This software comes in portable and installable version. Pick the one you prefer.


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    Install and open the software.
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    Choose the desired logon screen from the list (at the bottom).
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    If you want to use any of your images, click on "Choose a folder" button at the top and then select the folder. The software will list all the images in the folder. Select your desired image.
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    Click on "Apply" button.

Method #2

Change Windows 7 Logon Screen Manually

In this method, you need to edit the Registry.

So before making any changes to the Registry, I suggest you to take a backup of the Registry.


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    Open Run command. Type "regedit" (without double quotes) and then press "Enter." It will open up Registry Editor.
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    Navigate to the following location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Authentication > LogonUI > Background

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    Click on DWORD "OEMBACKGROUND" in the right pane and change its value to 1.
Changed OEMBACKGROUND value to 1

Note: Selecting a new theme will change this value to 0, and you need to change this value again to 1.

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    Open Run Command Box. Type "%windir%/system32/oobe" (without double quotes) and then press "Enter."
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    Now, create a new folder "info" inside the "oobe" folder. Inside the "info" folder, create a folder named "backgrounds."
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    Select the image you prefer which is a JPG and less than 256KB file size. Rename the image to "backgroundDefault" and paste the image into the "backgrounds" folder.
Backgrounds folder with backgroundDefault

Lock your PC (To do that: press Windows key + L), and you can see the change.

Final Thoughts

I suggest you to go with the "First Method" because it is easy and you do not have to edit Registry.

I hope that the information in this guide is useful to you.

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