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Windows 7: Remove logon screen picture frame

04 Apr 2014   #1

Windows 7 64bit Home Premium
Remove logon screen picture frame

Hello. I found this
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

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
backup in some other folder.
Note: the rights/permissions and the ownership will be
changed for the backup. Check out how the original
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: Removing Picture Frame On Startup/Login Screen,
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

<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.

But my problem is, i it also removes the picture. I want to keep the picture but remove the kinda transparent ''bar'' around the picture if you understand me? Anybody know how to? tried all i could..

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14 Jun 2014   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

I dont think thats possible.
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14 Jun 2014   #3
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

It can be done if you use a resource hacker program and change the images in the dll. I'd think usuing a transparent image would work. Unfortunately Jerry is away with health issues just now, or he'd set you up

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A Guy
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15 Jun 2014   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Good finds guys!
I learn something new everyday!
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