The user picture (aka avatar) that is associated with the account appears in the Start menu and on the logon screen of Windows 7. The default user account picture can easily be changed in the Control Panel (see how to change user picture).
Numerous tools are available to tweak and customize Windows 7 Start menu and taskbar. There are tools to change Start menu transparency level, replace default icons of Start menu and taskbar and there is a even a tool to remove user picture from Start menu.
User Picture Tuner is a little program from the maker of many popular utilities such as Personalization Panel, Ribbon Disabler, and Startup Sound Changer. This utility lets you change four settings related to user picture in the Start menu. With this tool you can change the default user picture frame (the frame around the user picture), delay before animation starts, fade in delay, fade out delay settings and even completely disable all animations.
Using this tool is extremely simple. Download the software from the link mentioned at the end of this article, run the utility, change Start menu settings, and click Apply. When you click the Apply button, User Picture Tuner will automatically restart the Windows Explorer to apply new settings.
The developer has also provided an option to restore all settings to their defaults. User Picture Tuner is completely free and supports both x86 and x64 systems. Don’t forget to check out our list of 55 best tweaking tools and 25 best free tools to customize Windows 7.