How to Change Windows 7 Logon Screen

By on January 14, 2013
change windows log on screen

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.

ForeignUkraine24 is going to show you how to customize the Windows 7 login screen. There are various methods to accomplish this, with and without third-party software. It’s understandable that many people might not want to rely on a third-party application, while others would appreciate a quicker, safer route. First up is the more hands-on approach, and then the utility.


Hands-on approach

This method will require you to modify the registry, and if that puts a knot in your stomach, you should move on to the next section.

Step 1: Open the Windows Start menu, enter regedit into the search bar and hit enter key. If you are asked for permission to open, select yes.

change windows log on screen

type in regedit and hit enter


Step 2: Right click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and select Find.

change windows log on screen

Right click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and search for “OEMBackground”


Step 3: Search for OEMBackground. Make sure the value checkbox is selected for the search and click the “find next” button. It will automatically locate the OEMBackground value. The OEMBackground value which should be in Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background. If the key does not exist, add a new DWORD value with the name OEMBackground.

Step 4: Double click on the entry OEMBackground, and change the value from 0 to 1. After doing this, the data value will change to 0x00000001 (1) as shown below.

change windows log on screen

double click on the OEMBackground to change its value to 1

change windows log on screen

The value of OEMBackground is changed

Step 5: Open your Windows Directory and go to the following path: \system32\oobe as shown below.

Step 6: Create a new folder named info, and open it.

change windows log on screen

navigate to “System32\oobe” folder and create a new folder “info”

Step 7: Create a new folder within info named backgrounds and open the folder.

Step 8: Rename your desired wallpaper as backgroundDefault.jpg and place it inside the folder you created named “backgrounds” (images must be less than 245KB in size).

create a new folder "backgrounds" and place your image renamed as "backgroundDefault.jpg" of 245kb max

create a new folder “backgrounds” and place your image renamed as “backgroundDefault.jpg” of 245kb max

That should do the trick, now just lock your PC, log off or reboot and enjoy.

change windows log on screen

change windows log on screen


Third-party software

If you are uncomfortable with manually tinkering with the registry — or simply have better things to be doing with your time — we understand. Various third-party applications can change Windows 7’s default logon wallpaper, but our personal favorite is’s Logon Changer.

The software is ridiculously easy to use, doesn’t require installation, and it even has built-in tools to automatically resize and recompress your images while leaving the original file untouched. The Logon Changeralso lets you quickly change your logon wallpaper back to the Windows 7 default.


Start by downloading the app here, and then unzip the executable. Run the program and it should present you with a preview of your logon screen along with a few self-explanatory options: “Change Logon Screen” lets you browse to a new image, “Test” will bring up your logon screen, “Revert to Default Logon Screen” reapplies Windows 7’s original wallpaper.


  1. MERCY

    January 18, 2013 at 4:56 am

    wow,this great,i love it i sure on it now.

  2. MERCY

    January 18, 2013 at 4:58 am

    wow,this great,what a new brand of window 7

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