Branding the Vista Logon Screen

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 15 Oct. 2008 / Last Updated on 15 Oct. 2008]

Enterprises could easily brand the logon screen for Windows XP. For Vista however, doing this requires a third-party product.

Enterprises could easily brand the logon screen for Windows XP by using Registry Editor to set the HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\Wallpaper registry value to C:\Windows\System32\.bmp where .bmp is some company background image they want to appear underneath the logon box. In Vista however, there is no Microsoft-supported way of doing this.

A workaround is to use LogonStudio from StarDock. Note however that this product replaces a Windows DLL and is therefore not supported by Microsoft.

Want to know more about Vista internals and how to administer Vista in enterprise environments? Get the Windows Vista Resource Kit, Second Edition from Microsoft Press.

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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