Mar 15, 2010

How To Change The Login Background in Windows 7

This one I learned from episode 704 of  Hak5. Snubs and Darren did a GoToAssist spot, and in that spot she gives a really cool tip on how to change the login screen of Windows 7 using a simple registry edit!

How friggin’ awesome is that? It is almost just like the good ol’ days with Windows XP! I wrote about how to change the login for Windows XP a while back. The process for Windows 7 is a little different, but is basically just as easy.

All you need is administrator rights so you can modify the registry, and create subfolders under your Windows directory, and a jpeg image that is under 256kb. Easy right? Lets do this!

Here is a screenshot from my Windows 7 Enterprise VM:

Windows 7 Original

Boring right? Lets change this sucka! If you do not see any of these folders or keys, just create them! Here is how we change it:

  1. Click Start > Run type in Regedit and click OK
  2. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\
  3. Double click the OEMBackground DWORD and change the value from 0 to 1.
  4. If it doesn’t exist create a new DWORD value called OEMBackground and set the value to 1.
  5. Browse to %systemroot%\system32\oobe\info (Once again, if info isn’t there create it)
  6. Create a folder called backgrounds
  7. Inside the backgrounds folder place your jpeg image (Must be under 256kb)
  8. Rename your jpeg to backgrounddefault.jpg
  9. Reboot

When Windows boots back up instead of boring Microsoft wallpaper, you will now have epic awesomeness! Check it:


Pretty cool right? I thought so too! Know of any other cool customization tips for Windows 7? Hit us up in the comments!

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