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For Windows 7 without SP1, you will need to turn off a Windows Feature (ex: Windows Gadget Platform), and restart the computer before this tutorial will work. Afterwards, you can turn back on the Windows Feature again.
Making a mistake while modifying system files can render your Windows 7 installation unusable. To be safe, you should create a restore point before doing this tutorial in case you need to do a system restore at boot using the restore point to undo any mistakes that may be made.
EXAMPLE: Default and Changed "Welcome" Text Message at Log On
Change "Welcome" Text Message at Log On
1. In Windows Explorer, navigate to C:\Windows\System32\en-US\winlogon.exe.mui. (see screenshot below)
The en-US folder is in English Windows 7 copies. If you have a non-English Windows 7 copy, then this folder will have a different name reflecting your language instead.The table below are a few of the most common ones.
2.Take ownership of the winlogon.exe.mui file with your user account, and set it's permissions to Allow your user account Full Control. Close Windows Explorer when finished.
3. Copy this winlogon.exe.mui file to your desktop.
5. Right click on the Resource Hacker shortcut in Start Menu - All Programs, then click on Run as administrator. (see screenshot below)
6. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes (Windows 7) or Continue (Vista).
7. In Resource Hacker, click on File and Open. (see screenshot below)
8. In Resource Hacker, select All Files (*.*) in the Files of type drop down box, navigate to and select the copied winlogon.exe.mui file on your desktop, then click on the Open button. (see screenshot below)
9. In the left pane of Resource Hacker, expand String Table, and 63, to 1033. (see screenshot below)
10. In the right pane of 1033, replace the Welcome text in quotes at both 1002 and 1005 locations with the text you want instead (ex: Hello) within quotes, then click on the Compile Script button. (see screenshot above and below)
11. Click on File and Save, then close Resource Hacker. (see screenshot below)
12.Copy the modified winlogon.exe.mui file on your Desktop, and Paste it into the C:\Windows\System32\en-US folder from step 1. (see screenshot below step 1) NOTE:The en-US folder is in English Windows 7 copies. If you have a non-English Windows 7 copy, then this folder will have a different name reflecting your language instead.
13. Click on Copy and Replace. (see screenshot below)
14. If prompted, click on Continue (UAC) and Yes to approve.
15. Open a elevated command prompt, type mcbuilder, press Enter, then close the command prompt. (see screenshot below) NOTE:Thanks to Fimble for pointing this out.
16. Restart the computer.
17. Restart the computer and log in to see the changes made. NOTE:If this does not work for you in Windows 7, then see the NOTE box at the top of the tutorial.
18. You can delete the winlogon.exe_original.mui that ResHacker created if you like since you can easily do OPTION TWO below to restore the default settings.
Restore Default "Welcome" Text Message at Log On
1. Repeat OPTION ONE above, but type Welcome in both locations at step 10 instead.
Double check through the steps to make sure that you did not miss anything in them and are doing it exactly step by step. Be sure that you select All Files (*.*) in the Files of type drop down box at step 7 to be able to see, select, and open the winlogon.exe.mui file in ResHacker.
Shawn, Nice tutorial. But here's a problem similar to Tatenforts. I'm quite sure I've taken its ownership and ran Resource hacker as admin but no luck. It and even winload.exe.mui simply don't appear in the list.
What to do? Will Ive to use admin account, but this will make changes to the admin acc. only, no?