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How to change Window 7 logon Background in simple way

Window 7 sure is a customizable window ever, Microsoft has incorporated many visual customization, whether it be screen saver or setting themes for windows. Microsoft understands the need for change, since seeing same thing will obviously make you die with boredom. Microsoft has made sure that their windows 7 satisfies all the customization requirements that its users expect from their Windows 7 OS. Therefore, Changing/Customizing windows 7 background is possible without using any third party software or Hacking.

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Many people have listed procedures to change logon screen background via registry editor. Which is obviously a tedious and risky job, mostly for people who are not technically sound. We will be listing 3 methods to change logon background.

3 Methods to Change Logon Background in simple way.

  1. Group Policy Editor
  2. Registry Editor
  3. Third Party Software



Step I: How to Enable Custom Logon Background Settings

1.) Group Policy Editor :
We recommend our readers to use Group policy editor to enable the customize option. Since, its lot safer and easy compared to editing registry. At anytime you can revert back the setting to default using Group Policy Editor.


  • Open Group policy editor, Press Win + R and type “Gpedit.msc” in run command or Go to Start and Type “group policy”, You may find “Edit Group Policy” in the list.
  • Go to the following branch:

Computer Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> System >> Logon

  • On the right pane, Change the setting for “Always use custom logon background” to “Enabled”, Apply the Setting and exit Group policy editor.


2.) Registry Editor :
There is no need to use this method, since group policy is lot more easier. However we have listed this method to know, how it can be enable using registry editor. To make it more convenient we have created the registry file, You simple need to run the registry file.

Download the file here and Run the “Enable custom Windows logon.reg” file.
This will enable the option to custom logon background.


Step II : Add Image for Logon Background

Settings are changed, now its time to add image you want in logon background

1.) Go to following folder “C:\Windows\System32\oobe” or type in the run command “%windir%\system32\oobe” and click Ok

2.) Now, Create new Folder in that directory named “info” and inside the same folder create one more folder named “Backgrounds”. Folder path should look like this


3.) Now place your desired logon wallpaper within this background folder with file name as backgroundDefault.jpg

Note: Image Should be less than 256kb in size

If you are so lazy to perform the above step manually to change logon screen, then its better to use Third party software. The best software which can do this task for you easily and quickly are Tweaks.com logon changer and Tune Up.

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