Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Completely removing Logon and Logoff screens and messages

15 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Completely removing Logon and Logoff screens and messages

I am trying to strip Windows 7 of every single screen and message before login... and before shutdown.

So we've got:
- Boot sequence
- Logon screen
- Preparation to Logon
- Preparation to Shutdown

Boot sequence was easy to completely black out, by using
(black background, all messages removed)

Logon screen can be skipped without hacks, just a matter of having no password.

Now I'm left with the Logon ("Preparing your desktop...", "Applying user preferences", "Welcome"... etc.) and the Shutdown ("Shutting down..." etc.) screens and messages.

Is there a way to completely disable both?

If there isn't, I am thinking of a hack: both are made by a background (which you can change with custom graphics by putting them into the OOBE folder and a couple registry keys). Then, there are text messages which are contained somewhere and can be emptied by using ResourceHacker (I found some of them but not all). Finally, somewhere within some exe or dll, there should be the "working" circle of light and the Windows 7 logo, which are superimposed to the custom background. I am attaching a picture for clarity.

Thanks in advance,


My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jan 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro

Welcome to the Seven Forums
I know 2 of them.
The circles are in the imageres.dll in the PNG or Bitmap folder @ C:\Windows\System32 and C:\Windows\SysWOW64

The logo are in the basebrd.dll in the Bitmap folder @ C:\Windows\Branding\Basebrd
have a look at this Changing the Windows Logon logo | CleverIT - Online werkplekken en systeembeheer
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jan 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64

Thanks a lot everyone (strange, I see one more answer to the thread in my email but not here - possibly deleted?). I'll try getting bot the logo and circle out of the picture using transparent PNGs - at this point only the text will be an issue, and I've two ways I can follow: matching its color to the background, or emptying all the strings in the various resource files where they are. It's just a choice between a... hackier hack, and a less hackier one :) When I'm done I'll be happy to show the reason behind all this modding
My System SpecsSystem Spec

15 Jan 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64

(Probably all but the right place since this is SEVENforum but... anyway - do you happen to know how to remove the same logon and shutdown screens and messages on XP?)
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Completely removing Logon and Logoff screens and messages

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Logon through RDP has cmd.exe application error and then causes logoff
I have an issue which started a few weeks ago after a Windows Update which I have not been able to solve. On one of my computers running W7 Ultimate X64, if I log on from the computer for the first time, everything works fine. However, if I try to log on for the first time using RDP, the log on...
Network & Sharing
Different logon / logoff screens
I now have my own logon/logoff screen backgrounds, which is very pleasing. However it occurs to me to wonder whether it is possible to have different backgrounds for logon and logoff?
Windows 7 Logon with Immediate Logoff (2008 AD Domain)
Ok - Hoping someone can help out with this. I had a perfectly running Windows Server 2008 with 5 laptops, 8 Windows 7 Domain Users. Only problem was the the Server 2008 Enterprise was an upgrade from 2003, which left a lot of artifacts on the server. Since this was a home install, I figured...
BSOD Help and Support
modem usb always logoff after i logon it
meodem usb always logoff after i loggon it usb alcatel x200 its always got off after i get it in ! the driver gone after it installed and re installed by it self and re off !!! stick with this , win7 ultimate
Hardware & Devices
slow logon and logoff and lock speeds
high i am currently on my laptop which has build 7077 32bit installed on it and whenever i logon, off, or lock it, it takes like 1 min or 2 just to do that each time. in older builds it was alot faster if not almost instant. why is it doing this. amd dual core sempron processor, 2gb of ram, nvidia...
Performance & Maintenance

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 18:18.
Twitter Facebook Google+