How to Change the Logon Screen on Windows 7

Everytime windows 7 is loaded we always get the same old login wallpaper as the background.For those who have gotten accustomed to this it`s no big thing but for those who like to experiment and would rather a different feel and look whenever they boot up their windows 7 OS then today is your lucky day.

I will guide you through simple steps by which you can customize windows 7 login screens and replace it with your own custom background image.Note they are a couple of ways to accomplish this task like editing the windows registry manually or by using third party software.

Change windows 7 logon screen - By editing the registry

For those who would rather not play around within the windows registry, they should try the third party software.


1.Go to the start menu and type regedit within the search bar.

2.Once in the registry editor, right click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE then choose find.

3.Browse for OEMBackground,it should be along this path : Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background.

4.Once you have reached the OEMbackground,double click it and change the default value from the number 0 to 1 and then click ok.
5.Go and open windows explorer in the start menu and further copy and paste this path in the browser window: C:\Windows\System32\oobe.
6.Within the oobe folder create a new folder name info,after you should click and open it.

7.Inside the folder info, create another folder and name it backgrounds.

8.Your are almost finished, if you have a specific image that you want to set you should rename it to backgroundDefault.jpg

and then put it inside the backgrounds folder that you created.(the size of your image should not be more than 245kb).

Now log off or restart your pc and you should be greeted with the image at your log on screen.If you would like to return to your default background, you just have to delete the file - backgroundDefault.jpg in the info folder that you created and windows will use it`s own default background image.

Change windows 7 logon screen - Using third party software

For those that don`t want to play in the registry, i would definitely recommend using the third party software here to change windows 7 default logon wallpaper.My personal best that i have tried is found at

The software is very simple to use, giving you a preview of what your image may look like at log on screen and includes features like automatic image resizing and automatic image backups and you can easily revert back to the original logon screen wallpaper.

After you have downloaded the sofware all you have to do is extract the executable, from there you can run the application.For more information about the software and it`s features you can check

Don`t  you feel the difference already, hasn`t it already transformed your windows 7 experience?

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