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windows 7Windows 7, the next Microsoft operating system, is not out yet even though some rumor says it will be on shop shelves by the end of 2009. Anyway, there are already a good quantity of nice tricks and hacks to improve  it. Today I want to speak about a nice hack which will let you customize Windows 7 log-on background easily.  Basically, you will be able to load any images to the log-on background without buying any third-part software.

  • Click Start.
  • In the Search bar, type regedit and press Enter.
  • Locate the following key: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\ Background key.
  • Double-click in the right-pane and create a new DWORD called OEMBackground.
  • Set this new key to 1.
  • If the key already exsit, just make sure it is set to 1.
  • Right after that, you need to create a folder called %windir%\system32\oobe\info\backgrounds.

This folder mentioned above will be able to support the following files:

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-)

Note that all images have to be  than 256Kb.

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5 Comments to “How to customize Windows 7 logon background”

  1. Finn Says:

    Step 1: Open the Windows Start menu and enter regedit into the search bar.

    Step 2: Right click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and select Find.

    Step 3: Search for OEMBackground, 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.

    Step 5: Open Windows Explorer and go to the following path: %windir%\system32\oobe.

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

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

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

  2. Web Talk Says:

    Hi huibert,
    Do not worry! Glad to help. But, what kind of issue are you experiencing now? Did you create the folder?
    Did you put pictures in that fodler and renamed them backgroundDefault.jpg, background768×1280.jpg … etc?

    The backgroundDefault.jpg picture has to be less than that 256Kb and you MUST put it in the folder, otherwise nothing will work (default picture)

    Also, when you follow the path C:\ windows – system32 – oobe … maybe you won’t be able to find the “info” folder. Create it and inside it, create the “background” foder. Inside this last folder put your pictures.

    At the end reboot your pc for the changes to take effect.

  3. huibert Says:

    I am very sorry to have to put another comment here, i tried the trick, but it doesn’t work. I have full faith that you know what you’re talking about, but I don’t know what step I’m skipping, or what I am doing wrong:S
    Maybe you could explain it to me via an email, or in some other way make this clearer to me. I would really appreciate that:)

  4. Web Talk Says:

    The folder has be create by following the path: windows – system32 – oobe – info. At this point create the folder called backgrounds. Enjoy!

  5. Huibert Says:

    Hey, i tried this, but couldn’t create that last folder, because of the \ [backslash], also it isn’t very clear where you have to create that folder.
    I hope you can explain it to me a bit clearer, thanx for all the other tricks that i was able to do:)

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