So, I've been banging my head against a wall for the last 6 or so hours stumbling through the XML files in the athui.dll.
My goal is to have my logon screen be completely blank (black background) except for the password field. This is a personal computer, so my account is the only one, and will remain the only one for the foreseeable future.
I've successfully gotten rid of everything, except for the password field, the username above the password field, and the "Locked" message after locking the computer ("Locked" is not displayed during first logon after bootup). Everything I've done so far has been through trial and error testing... change the XML once, boot into a Linux live CD, paste the authui.dll into the system32 and systemWOW64 folders, then booting back into windows.
However, I've hit a roadblock. I've searched, and have yet to figure out how to get rid of the "Locked" text and the username above the password field. Any attempt to edit the username display has led to the disappearance of the password field as well.
Any help would be MUCH appreciated. I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate, 64bit on a Phenom x4 system with a SSD. I'll try to get a picture up of the progress so far.
EDIT: Figured it out. Simply had to set foreground = "black". I'm so dumb >.<"