Surprised ! but its true. Now you can change Welcome/logon screen’s background in Windows 7 and its supported officially. Microsoft has made a change to customize or ability to load JPG images as background of the welcome/logon screen without using any third party software.

Windows 7 Welcome Screen

Although the functionality was designed for ease of OEMs to set their own backgrounds to Welcome/logon screen. It can be done by changing few registry settings and you can set your own background.

How To:

  1. Run Registry Editor and navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background
  2. Now create a DWORD value called OEMBackground and set it to 1
  3. Now copy your image file (JPG file) into %windir%\system32\oobe\info\backgrounds and rename it to backgroundDefault.jpg (By default info & backgrounds folders don’t exist, so create them)

NOTE: Image must be less than 256kb in size.

Applies To:

  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Home Basic

33 responses to “How to change Welcome/Logon screen background”

  1. *Samsung Wave *S8500 Avatar
    *Samsung Wave *S8500

    I cannot find

    1. Ramesh Kumar Avatar
      Ramesh Kumar

      Yup… create this directory hierarchy because you are using a RETAIL copy of Windows.

  2. stefpretty Avatar

    after i have create them and rename the pic why the screen can’t change to my picture?? must we change the old pic name ?? to what plz help me !!!! i can’t

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