Logon screen is present in Windows operating system for decades and has evolved with each version of Windows. In prior versions of Windows 7, in Windows XP and Vista, changing the logon screen was a tedious task without the help of third-party tools.
In Windows 7, it’s possible to set custom picture as logon screen background without the help of third-party tools, the procedure requires you edit the Registry though. But users who aren’t interested in using third-party tools can easily change the logon screen background.
Over the last couple of years, a number of free utilities have been released to change the background of Windows 7 logon screen. Even though users who’re used to the lock screen of mobile operating systems and Windows 8/8.1 often call the logon screen as the lock screen, lock screen doesn’t exist in Windows 7 but can be added with the help of some third-party tools.
When it comes to the customization of Windows 7 logon screen background, there are tools that not only let you change the logon screen background but also let you change or customize the other elements of the logon screen.
In this guide, we have tried to list down the best free tools out there to change the logon screen background of Windows 7. In no particular order, following are the top 4 free logon screen changers for Windows 7.
Windows 7 Logon Background Changer
Probably the most downloaded utility of the lot. Windows 7 Logon Background Changer sports a beautiful design and is compatible with all editions from Starter to Ultimate editions of Windows 7, both x86 and x64.
Just like other tools out there, Windows 7 Logon Background Changer doesn’t change system files. Visit the following page to download the same.
Logon Screen Rotator
Logon Screen Rotator is my personal favorite when it comes to setting a custom picture as logon screen background. In addition to the core feature of changing logon background, this utility also rotates the background. That is, you can have a new background picture each time you turn on your PC.
Logon Screen Rotator is completely free and is compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The tool is also compatible with Windows 8 but doesn’t support Windows 8.1.
Tweaks.com Logon Changer
As far as I can remember, Tweaks.com Logon Changer was the first tool released to change default picture of Windows 7 logon screen. Logon Changer offers option to preview the selected picture before setting it as logon background.
Another free utility to replace the default picture of Windows 7 logon screen background with custom one. The beauty of this tool is that an option has been offered to add Logon Screen option to the desktop context menu so that you can quickly launch the program.
In addition to that, it also lets add Set as logon background option to the file context menu, meaning you just need to right-click on a picture and then click Set as logon background in order to set your favorite picture as logon screen background.
An option to show custom message on the logon screen is also available in this tool.