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.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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