How To Change Windows 7 Logon Screen Easily [Without Using Hacks & Tools]

Finally Microsoft has incorporated a new feature in the latest version of Windows which allows the end user to change the logon screen background without having to use any hacks or third-party tools.

In previous version of Windows, user had no option but to use third-parry tools like Tune-Up-Utilities to change the logon screen background. But in Windows 7, the case is different. Windows 7 now supports customization of Windows 7 logon screen officially. Replacing the old logon screen is as easy as changing desktop wallpaper (desktop background). Thanks to withinwindows for finding out this excellent feature.

Windows 7 logon background

Follow the given procedure below to change the Windows 7 logon screen:

Step 1: Download the registry file from here. Extract the file and double-click on the file to enable this feature (Alternative method: right-click, select Merge).

Step 2: Now, head over to the following folder:

C:\Windows\System32\oobe (“C” is your Windows Seven Installation drive)

Step 3: Here, create a new folder named Info. Again, create a new folder inside the Info folder and rename it as backgrounds.

Step 4: Copy your favorite image file to this folder and rename it as backgroundDefault. Note that the image must be in JPG format and the size should be less than 256 KB.

Step 5: You are done. Reboot your system and see the change.

The following files (sorted by width-to-height ratio) are supported in  C:\Windows\System32\oobe\Info\Backgrounds folder:

* backgroundDefault.jpg
* background768×1280.jpg  (0.6)
* background900×1440.jpg  (0.625)
* background960×1280.jpg  (0.75)
* background1024×1280.jpg (0.8)
* background1280×1024.jpg (1.25)
* background1024×768.jpg  (1.33-)
* background1280×960.jpg  (1.33-)
* background1600×1200.jpg (1.33-)
* background1440×900.jpg  (1.6)
* background1920×1200.jpg (1.6)
* background1280×768.jpg  (1.66-)
* background1360×768.jpg  (1.770833-)

And users who prefer to use a third-party instead can check out free tools such as Windows 7 Logon Screen Changer and Logon Screen Rotator to set your own picture as logon screen background withe a mouse click. How to change Windows 8 lock screen guide might also interest you.


  1. Quen says

    FYI, the registry file just switches a value called “OEMbackground” from 0 to 1. Look for yourself, open it with any code editor.

  2. admin says

    @ Daniel
    That looks like tricky. Sorry, I don’t have a proper solution for that.

  3. Daniel says

    Hi All!
    I wonder what do I have to do to make it show the proper ratio picture if I have a laptop with 1280x800px screen and external monitor with HD resolution (1920x1080px) … that means two unsupported resolutions?
    I have tried all posible combinations and none of it works…
    One is always distroted…
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks a lot!

  4. robin says

    it’s not working for me dude…as i’ve already installed a skinpack of am unable to uninstall it and bring back my log on screen and icons back to default..

  5. Rohit says

    Step 5: You are done. Reboot your system and see the change.
    How to redoot system

  6. Kyle says

    It applies the picture after a restart, and then after another restart or shutdown, it goes back to original.

  7. nasari says

    -for the oobe one, there is already ‘info’ folder…should i create new one and replace the old ‘info’ folder???

  8. admin says

    Looks like a good one. Would have been nice if there was a way to automatically update the logon screen background with Bing picture.

  9. Jayson Ragasa says

    I’ve made an app called “Windows 7 Logon Wallpaper Changer + Desktop Wallpaper Changer” Want bing images as your logon background image or desktop wallpaper? Here’s an application for you! Windows 7 Logon Wallpaper Changer + Desktop Wallpaper Changer is great application in many ways! get it here!

  10. MADGUY says

    basically this F***ED my comp thanks alot… it black screens upon start up THEN IF it finally logs in its slow as shit and I cant undo it cause I dont have a restore point set… THANKS

  11. admin says

    @ Binaya Bhandari
    Your method only changes the User picture whereas this guide helps you change the logon screen background.

  12. Binaya Bhandari says

    I am not sure why people are giving such idea to just simply change a windows logon screen.

    This is the simplest one. No registry edit. Very simple.

    Control Panel\User Accounts and Family Safety\User Accounts

    Then on left hand side, Click change your picture and browse the appropriate one.

    Now, Restart and see the change.

    That’s it. So simple.

  13. Gio says

    I’ve scaned the registry file with microsoft security esensitals and malware bytes, no virus! 😀

  14. skiri-ki says

    I tried it with an image size of 250kb but it didn’t work. Then i used the program from and it told me the image could only be 245kb. program downsampled to 244kb, works.

    looks like you need to update that guide 😉

  15. john says

    Thanks! Very handy.

    Your reg key really was the answer for me.
    By the way is there also a way to get rid of: the small
    “Windows 7 ultimate” logo at the bottom of the screen during starting?

  16. muzon says

    i cnt change the logon screen for window7 eternity 64-bit.. anybody knows how to do this? thanks in advnce

  17. Rahul says

    thank you very much for this suggestion..
    i was lokking for the solution from a long time and now i got it..!

  18. Wintermute T-A says

    Funny, it says “without using tools” and then it wants me to download a program.
    What a load of BS.

  19. jeffspirit says

    The pref for me – solid color – twas shorter/quicker of sorts getting the file permissions, then using paint to put new color image to the jpg files for UI logon. Worked great, now to do the boot image is next.

  20. Vivek says

    i am using mouse without borders, there is an option “Personalize logon screen”, set it to Local or dont need to bother about resizing and renaming the file less than 256kb and desktopBackground.

    It automatically creates the oobe\info\backgrounds, and sets the registry key to 1.

  21. Phil says

    I need to create a custom log in screen for security reasons in win7. I would like to use a (my customized) wallpaper with sign-in bar. I would also request info on how to create executable icons and icons in general, of my choice, to launch programs, files and folders. I know this is a lot to ask, but I am getting to old to remember how-to with today s technologies. Can you help or direct to the correct source?
    Much Thanks

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