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How to Personalize Windows 7 Login Screen?

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Are you tired of the old background image on the login screen if Windows 7? You can easily change the default picture to any picture of your choice. Previously, you need a tweaking utility to make the change. Not anymore. Follow these steps to change the login background in 4 simple steps.

  1. Open a notepad and enter the following value

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background]”OEMBackground”=dword:00000001

Save this file as a .reg file on your desktop. For e.g., test.reg

  1. Merge the information to Registry

Just double click on the saved file in the desktop. You will get a pop asking if you want to add it to the registry. Select “Yes”

Or

Right click on the file and select “Merge”

  1. Select the picture for background

Now select the picture which you would like to put in login screen. The picture should be in landscape mode and stretch perfectly to your screen and less than 256KB file size. Once all the criteria is met, rename the picture to ‘backgrounddefault.jpg’.

  1. Place the selected file in the right location

Create a folder “backgrounds” under c:\Windows\System32\oobe\Info. Copy your favourite image inside this folder.

Restart your windows 7 computer and you should be able to see the difference. Every time you want to change the image, just replace the image file inside backgrounds folder with your preferred one.

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About the author: Anup Raman A Tech Enthusiast|Blogger|Tech Trainer with 10+ yrs experience in the field of IT. My expertise are in Operating Systems, mainly Windows and Computer security which comes from my experience, working as Tech Support and Trainer for Microsoft, Symantec and McAfee. Loves blogging about Technical Troubleshooting, discussing latest Gadgets, Games and doing Reviews.

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