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Windows 7: Removing Picture Frame On Startup/Login Screen

19 Oct 2012   #41

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zoppa View Post
First of all, I did this on my x86 System, so the following
explanations are meant for a 32bit System. The solution for a x64
will be similar, only the file or folder names will probably be
different?

IMPORTANT: NO WARRENTY CAN/WILL BE GIVEN. It worked for me, it
PROBABLY will work for you. PLEASE read ALL steps before actually
doing any of them, to make sure you understand what I try to do
so nothing is missed/misunderstood! All changes made to your system
and its files are at you OWN risk, as always

It is assumed that you know how to change/check ownership and
permissions on files. If not, please read at least something like
the folowing link, or check other sources!

Windows 7 Take Ownership & Grant Permissions to Access Files & Folder

Very well, let's get to it then

Step 1)
Locate authui.dll in the dir "C:\Windows\System32\" and make
a
backup in some other folder.
Note: the rights/permissions and the ownership will be
changed for the backup. Check out how the original
settings
on the original file in System32 are before you copy it, in
order to restore them after the changes.
I did it this way,
so restoring the original settings. I don't know if it works
without resetting the ownership/permissions afterwards!


Step 2)
Download a tool to modify resources like exe/dll. I used
"Resource Tuner" which comes with a 30day trial.

Resource Tuner 1.99 R6: Download The Best Resource Editor.
Search and replace icons and text. Icon edit.

Another possibility seems to be "Resource Hacker" which is
completely freeware. I haven't tested this yet.

Resource Hacker


And of course install it.


Step 3)
Open the copy of authui.dll with the Resource Tuner and
navigate to the "folder" UIFILE and expand it.
Inside, there
will be some files named with the earlier mentioned numbers
12400 - 3. For me there were only 3 files named from 12400
to 12402.

Step 4)
As Blizarro stated here: http://www.sevenforums.com/customiza...ml#post1108579,
add the bold, red part to all of the in Step 3) located
files. Searching for the first part of the string (purple)
works like a charm

Code:
<ZoomableElement id="atom(PictureContainer)" height="0" layout="filllayout()">
In Resource Tuner, you need to select the file, e.g. 12400,
and then click the "Resource Editor" icon in the toolbar in
order to edit it. The content that is shown to the right
after selecting the files is not editable.

Then after hitting "Ok" for each file, choose: "File > Save
File as..." and save it under the same name being authui.dll.

Note: If you overwrite the copy, you need to copy the
original again, or simply rename the original in the next
step in order to keep a backup! I used the second method, as
overwriting the original with a modified version within
System32 resulted in an error-message.


Step 5)
Up to now you should have the original in System32, a copy
of it that has been modified in the previous step and
optionally a backup of the original dll.

Now, in order to proceed you have to change the ownership
and some permissions of the original file in System32. So
take ownership and set the permissions to full control.

If you do not have the optional backup, then rename the
original to something like _authui.dll or authui_backup.dll.
If and only if you have a backup, delete the original now,
and replace it by copy-pasting the modified version into
your System32 folder.


Step 6)
Reset the original ownership/permissions. For me, I opened
the "Security-Tab (RC on the file) > Advanced" and added
"NT SERVICE\TrustedInstaller" with Full Control permissions.
Then I removed all but the read/exec permissions from all
other users. Then in the Owner-Tab I resetted
TrustedInstaller as owner.


Note: this can be different on other systems, keep to your
notes from Step 1)!

After this I rebooted (maybe -logging off- will work too?) and it
worked like a charm Only thing I maybe would like to do in addition
to this is to center the input-boxes. But that's not for now. So if
someone knows what values have to be tweaked for that: let me know.
thank you man

very easy tutorial

thanks a lot


My System SpecsSystem Spec
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14 Nov 2012   #42

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

As said before, I know this is an old post. But I followed the steps set by Danny but got no result. I double checked the authui.dll file in system 32 and all necessary 'height="0" ' are entered in the 3 folders. Not sure what I did wrong but I see no difference in my logon screen
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Nov 2012   #43

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by niotic View Post
As said before, I know this is an old post. But I followed the steps set by Danny but got no result. I double checked the authui.dll file in system 32 and all necessary 'height="0" ' are entered in the 3 folders. Not sure what I did wrong but I see no difference in my logon screen
Look at Post #23 and or 30 Danny has already made a authui.dll there is a link to a zip folder.

Jerry
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19 Nov 2012   #44

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

So I had the same problem as avatar1337 and I also got it to work by using the file provided by xxxdannyxxx (thanks by the way) but now I was wondering if anyone knew how to vertically center the password box and username just to clean it up a little bit.

-Thanks
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02 Feb 2013   #45

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I tried doing this but something went wrong! I restarted my computer but it starts you to a blank screen. Even starting it up in safe mode gets the same thing. Please help asap!!!!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Feb 2013   #46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by niotic View Post
I tried doing this but something went wrong! I restarted my computer but it starts you to a blank screen. Even starting it up in safe mode gets the same thing. Please help asap!!!!!
How are you changing the files?
To properly change a system file you need to take ownership give yourself permission and rename the old file and then copy in the new one look at Post #6 of this thread will tell you how to do it Basic Networking Information

Jerry
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03 Feb 2013   #47

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I would love to try that but I can't. I try and start up my computer and all I get is a black screen
No login screen no nothing
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03 Feb 2013   #48

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

You are going to need to do a system restore to before you changed the file and start again from scratch - System Restore

Danny
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03 Feb 2013   #49

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Again I would love to! BUT I CANNOT LOG IN!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Feb 2013   #50

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Download a ubuntu ISO burn it to a CD or DVD and use it as a live CD do not install it then use it to go in and change back the old .dll

Jerry
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