Change Windows 7 Login Background

Many times the motivation for putting up posts on this blog is every bit as much for my own reference as yours. My theory is if I find it useful, you may as well. This post falls into this category. When logging into Windows, the generic background is boring and stale. Today I did discover it can be changed surprisingly easy. The long detailed version can be found in a post over on How-To-Geek.

For those of you like myself who just want the short version, it involves two steps.

  1. Update the registry key.

    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background
    • ensure this value is set to 1
  2. Give Windows a photo for the background.

    • Ensure the photo is no larger than 256MB
    • Rename the photo backgroundDefault.jpg
    • Place the photo in C:\Windows\System32\oobe\info\backgrounds

This is all there is to it. There is a lot more detail on the referenced link, but this is the quick and dirty version. Hopefully you find it useful!