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Tech Tip of the Week: How to Change the Logon Screen Wallpaper on Windows 7

By Julio Franco ยท 83 replies
Nov 27, 2009
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  1. Be it screensavers, desktop wallpapers or font type and sizes, visual customization at the OS level is usually important to all kinds of users. Recognizing this, Microsoft has made it easier than ever to apply and adjust individual themes with Windows 7. We looked at this last week showing you how to find hidden themes buried in your hard drive as well as sponsored ones available through Microsoft's online Personalization Gallery.

    This week's tip: How to Change the Logon Screen Wallpaper on Windows 7
  2. kaonis92

    kaonis92 TS Enthusiast Posts: 118

    That's nice, after a while the default logon screen becomes boring.
  3. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,403   +875

    i know what you mean. But it's still far better than what XP or Vista had.
    i don't know why microsoft did made it possible to change it without us having to change the registry or installing a third party program. They worked a lot to make win7 easier to customize and they did a great job. It should have been relatively easy to make it possible to change the background. Maybe in SP1?
  4. Razerblade

    Razerblade TS Rookie Posts: 117

    There is another 3rd party tool which can do this. TweakNow Powerpack 2009 has a option to change the logon screen background. It also has other tweaks you can do and it completely free. Well worth a look!
    Julio Franco likes this.
  5. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 7,413   +809

    What the hell guys? You didn't give me 10 minutes from the moment I posted the article, and now we have two comments... Make it three. :)
    learninmypc likes this.
  6. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Tweaks.com is very easy to use, but is there anyway of bypassing the 245kb limit? I am only able to upload low resolution picture on my 1080p monitor, which doesn't look very good...
  7. fref

    fref TS Enthusiast Posts: 153

    Thank you TechSpot! I really dislike the default Windows 7 logon screen. While I don't look at it all that much, it's still nice to be able to change it to something else. I agree though that Microsoft could have made this task easier for registry-phobic people...
  8. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,403   +875

    Try making it jpg and lowering the quality from 12 to 10 or 8 and use the optimized algorithm (don't have a photo editing program? try paint.net - it's free). It should make it small enough without loosing too much quality. Also try making the pic a bit bigger and use a few filters like smart blur to make it look better after resizing.

    @Julio: a good article makes people want to comment.
  9. manintech

    manintech TS Rookie Posts: 46

    I'm not bored with the default one yet, maybe someday I will try this
  10. matchu

    matchu TS Enthusiast Posts: 100

    damn. that's pretty sick. the default win7 themes/images/backgrounds are really nice, but not very exciting. Thanks for the article =DD
  11. You can also change the Logon Screen Wallpaper with TuneUp Utilities
  12. Regenweald

    Regenweald TS Rookie Posts: 143

    Just built a machine for a friend using ultimate, this is a nice way to further customize the OS for a user :)
  13. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,160   +829

    I manually changed a couple months ago the autobots logo in black and white, looks really good, though I wonder if you could change the user login from the middle of the screen.

    In case you have way too many things installed on your computer to install more to just change backgrounds and things of the like, you can always google how to do it manually with 3 simple steps ;)

    Still this is a very nice tip =)
  14. Fada

    Fada TS Rookie Posts: 34

    my copy of windows 7 is the final RC, im not going to do to much in terms of customiazation as its not going to last much longer, but its nice to know that you can do this!
  15. jtickner1

    jtickner1 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 650

    Been using this little app for a while now, it's really good!
  16. yorro

    yorro TS Booster Posts: 251

    Wonderful app. Techspot should do this more often.
  17. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    Always good to see cool info like this. I didn't know it could be changed.
    Julio Franco likes this.
  18. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 181

    Awesome Tip, Thanks TS!
  19. Fragrant Coit

    Fragrant Coit TS Guru Posts: 363

    Groovy, the standard one is a bit, um, camp?!?

    Thanks Julio & T.S
  20. harby

    harby TS Enthusiast Posts: 37

    Thanks for the tip!
  21. levar

    levar TS Rookie Posts: 229

    Great app, I've been using this for a while seen it at askvg :)
  22. buttus

    buttus TS Enthusiast Posts: 180

    This is awesome and thanks for the useful post. I was wondering how to change my login screen.
  23. deadmongol

    deadmongol TS Member

    this is nice.. there are other utilities out there like tuneup utilities, which can do alot of things.. very useful post indeed, might change my login screen.. but not for now, am not quite bored yet with the default login screen of windows 7. :)
  24. timljh

    timljh TS Enthusiast Posts: 34

    since I am the only person using the computer, I dont really bother about the login screen =P but it will be nice to be customizable.
  25. ColdPreacher

    ColdPreacher TS Rookie Posts: 56

    Pretty sweet app. Got bored of the same login screen

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