How to Change the Logon Screen on Windows 7 and Windows 8

Posted by John Larkin - April 11, 2014

Many people are running a Windows system. Usually, we’ll come to a plain background when logging onto the computer. Most of us may want to replace the default logon screen with a desire picture. Same with changing the desktop wallpaper on Windows, we can customize the logon screen with a few steps as well. This post will outline instructions to set a favorite image as the welcome screen.
Since April 8th 2014, Windows XP has ended its stage of the Internet history with a 13-year service. Nowadays, computer users update their systems to Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. Hence, we will mainly talk about how to change logon screen on Windows 7 and over.

Changing Welcome Screen Background on Windows 7

Changing Welcome Screen Background on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Changing Welcome Screen Background on Windows 7

Before you are able to replace the old logon screen with your new one, you need to activate or enable custom backgrounds feature which is disabled by default through Registry Editor or Group Policy Editor (on Professional editions of Windows). Then you can set your own image.

Through Registry Editor

Step one– Type “regedit” (without the quotes) in the search box from Start menu. Then run it as the administrator

Step two– Navigate to a key named:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background

Step three– Double-click the OEMBackground value and set its value to 1. If there is no such a value, you need to create one with this name by right clicking on the right pane


Step four– Go to C:\Windows\System32\oobe folder. Then right click the folder to create a new directory “info”

Step five– Place your desire image to the directory: C:\Windows\System32\oobe\info\backgrounds and name it “backgroundDefault.jpg”

You’ll see a new logon screen next time you turn on the computer.

Through Group Policy Editor

Step one– Type “gpedit.msc” (leaving quotes) in the Run dialog (Windows key and R key) and click OK

Step two– Navigate to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon window

Step three– Double click Always use custom login background in the right pane

Step four– Tick Enabled and click OK

Step five– Follow Step Four and Step Five above to set your desired background image

Changing Welcome Screen Background on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

The logon or welcome screen in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is also the lock screen. Therefore, we need only to change the lock screen background to replace the default logon screen.

Step one– Hit Winkey and C key to bring up the Charms bar. Click on Search

Step two– Select Settings

Step three– Type “Lock screen” (without the quotes) in the search box (you can also search for Start screen to set your desired image)

Step four– Select the “Lock Screen” option in the top left

Step five– Click on a background from the provided list

Or you can click Browse to choose your own picture

Step six– Click on plus icon and add new apps to run in the background (you can select none as well). Finally you can close the window to save the changes

Note: you can also use Registry Editor or Group Policy to set a customized logon or lock screen background. Commands you need to change are similar to those in Windows 7, hence you can take a reference of Windows 7.



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