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Windows 7: Log On Screen - Change

29 Apr 2013   #350

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit

It could only be called BackgroundDefault . It doesn't change the images automatically like you can with wallpapers if you have them checked and set a time as how many seconds do they change .


Just found a tool for you called Logon Screen Rotator

Program created by Luke Payne


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28 Jun 2013   #351


To Manually Change the Log On Screen in Windows 7
I did the yeoman work on my computer and it worked fine. I then remotely copied the jpg file to the other computer that I take care of. I put it in C:\windows\system32\ oobe\ info\backgrounds\. It worked with CTRL/ALT/DEL but not with the logon screen. The was a folder named DEFAULT in the info folder that wasn't on my computer. The backgrounds folder had several other colored file that were obviously alternate files. Do you have any ideas about what I may have done wrong?
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28 Jun 2013   #352

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Bill,

Not sure, but I would recommend to use OPTION ONE or OPTION TWO to change the log on screen instead to make it easier and practically mistake proof. :)
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11 Jul 2013   #353

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1


I don't know if this is something that you consider as being "worthwhile" or whatever to add to the initial post, but for Method 3 you can also get the logon screen to automatically change to be the same as your current desktop image even when it changes. Here's how:

All steps from method 3 apply except for the creating of a backgroundDefault.jpg and the subsequent various resolution files. Instead (after doing everything else), open command prompt, and type the following commands:

cd C:\Windows\System32\oobe\info\backgrounds

mklink backgroundDefault.jpg C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\TranscodedWallpaper.jpg

Replacing <username> accordingly, of course.

And of course, you have to make sure that any desktop background image you set is under the size limit.

Speaking of the size limit... I know you said 256kb, but for some reason I can't get it to take any file unless I'm under 250kb. Any thoughts?
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11 Jul 2013   #354

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello FuryoftheStars,

Thank you. That may be a good option for some. The only issue could be the image size limit since most desktop background images may be over the 256/250 KB size.
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15 Jul 2013   #355

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Yeah, I noted that in my post. It really is a shame that MS put in that 250ish kb limit.
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19 Jul 2013   #356

Windows 8.1 PRO

Thanks for putting this up Brink, I like all of your like keep it up man!!!!!
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19 Jul 2013   #357

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Thank you MrSH4RKYY. Glad they can help. :)
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24 Feb 2014   #358
Alduins Khajiit

Windows 7 x86
Windows logon background changer tutorial problem - unable to write

I seem to cannot get the tutorial for the changing the windows logon background to work! it always errors out as "unable to write C:\windows\system32\oobe\info\backgrounds" I ran as admin and gave it permission to write but still always the error. clicking on 'get help' just leads me to where to download the program
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24 Feb 2014   #359

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Alduins,

Hope this helps. :)

Known Problem : On some computers, the following error message may appear :
"Unable to write to folder c:\windows\system32\oobe\info\backgrounds\".

Solution : Open the "c:\windows\system32\oobe\info\" folder in Windows Explorer, then rename the "backgrounds" folder as "backgrounds2".

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