Customize the Windows Log-On and Log-Off Screen

by Eric Geier [Published on 26 Jan. 2012 / Last Updated on 2 May 2011]

Change the background image of the screens for branding or fun.

You can customize the log-on screen (shown when selecting an account to log into) and log-off screen (shown when shutting down) of Windows with your own background image. Keep in mind, the JPG image must be less than 256KB in size and preferably match the aspect ratio of your screen as it'll be stretched to fit.

Modify or create the following in the Windows Registry:


Key: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background

DWORD Name: OEMBackground

DWORD Value: 1

Next, copy the custom image into the %windir%\system32\oobe\info\backgrounds folder. Create the info\backgrounds folders if they don't exist. Rename the image to backgroundDefault.jpg, reboot, and you should now have a custom log-on image.

The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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