If you are a customization lover and got completed bored of the default background image on the log on screen of your windows 7 PC then this tutorial is for you. In this we are going to guide you by the process of changing the background image of the log on screen of windows 7. Window 7 allows to customize the welcome screen that appears when you start your computer without any third-party software, but the setting is well hidden.
This setting is generally developed for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to customize their systems, but nothing can stop you from doing this for yourself. All you have to do is just change a single registry value and put an image file that you want to use as a welcome screen in the correct location.
In this tutorial we are going to guide you with the step by step process of customizing your welcome screen.
A. Enabling Custom Backgrounds
The feature is disabled by default, so one must first make this enable. One can enable this feature from the registry editor. Registry editor is the one where windows store information related to various tasks and applications.
First launch the Registry Editor, press window+R and run dialog will appeared, type regedit in the provided text box and hit enter or click OK, then you will be prompted for user access control, click Yes and Registry Editor window will appear.
In the Registory Editor window navigate to the following key from the left panel :
Here, you’ll see a DWORD value named OEMBackground. If it is not there, just right click in the right pane and create a new DWORD value with the this name.
Double click the OEMBackground value and set its value data to 1.
NOTE – Selecting a new theme in the Appearance and Personalization window will “unset” this registry value. Selecting a theme will change the value of the key to the value stored in the theme’s .ini file, which is usually 0, if you change your theme, you’ll have to perform this registry tweak again.
B. Setting an Image
Once you have enabled the feature of custom background, the another task is to locate the background image in a proper location. The image file you want to use as background must be less than 256 kb in size. It would be a good idea to use the image that matches your screen resolution, so that it won’t look stretched.
In windows the custom welcome screen background image is located in the following directory:
By default, the info and background directories do not exists in windows. Navigate to the C:\Windows\System32\oobe directory and create a new directory or you can say folder there by right-clicking inside the folder choosing New -> Folder and name it to ‘info’. Now create one more directory inside this folder you just created and name it to backgrounds.
In last, simply copy and paste your desired background image to the backgrounds folder and rename it to backgroundDefault. The name is case sensitive, so make it sure to use capital D in between.
The change will take effect immediately, no system reboot is required. Now you can enjoy your customized background screen.