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Change the Windows 7 Logon Background – Free Utility

by Steve Wiseman on July 16, 2009 · 8 comments

in Free,Registry,Tools,Utility,Windows,Windows 2008 R2,Windows 7


I have been playing with Windows 7 again. While reading through a few Windows 7 blogs, I came across an article that described how to change the Logon background in Windows 7.

If you have not had a chance to see Windows 7, this is what the default logon background looks like:

Very similar to the layout in Vista, but, in Windows 7 you can change it.

Microsoft has added this feature for OEMs…so in the future I would imagine the logon screen will be filled with Dell, HP, ASUS, etc.

Before I talk about our free utility, let me explain what needs to be done if you want to do this yourself without our free program.

To make the change you need to first open regedit, and create this key:


Then once you have created that key, add a new DWORD Value named OEMBackground and set it to 1

Now, you need to place the image file (It must be a jpeg) in the following folder (You may need to create some of these folders along the path)


The file must be named backgroundDefault.jpg – and very important – it must be under 256KB in size, or windows will ignore it.

Sound like too much trouble to change the background pic? Then you can use our free utility:

The program will take care of the registry changes…and better yet it will reduce the image size to fit into 256 KB. It makes it very easy to change the background.

Here is the download link:


As always – no spyware, adware – only freeware goodness

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anthony Leondis July 16, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Hey Steve,

Any idea if this trick will work on Windows 2008 R2?

2 Steve Wiseman July 16, 2009 at 2:05 pm

I have not had a chance to test it, but since R2 is the server version of Windows 7, I don’t see any reason why it would not work.

3 Nate Moe November 12, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Works with Win 7 upgrade version build 7600 🙂

4 Ben November 16, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Didn’t work with my windows 7 ultimate 64 upgrade. Any ideas?

5 Greg December 7, 2009 at 10:28 pm

I haven’t tried the app, but the path to the image should be
This site
indicates various files with specific names and sizes can be loaded while the backgroundDefault.jpg image will stretch to fill the screen. Haven’t tested this since my screen size (1920×1080) isn’t in the list.

6 Jesse December 20, 2009 at 2:54 am

Thank you very much! 🙂

7 V3NOM June 11, 2010 at 12:53 am

This doesn’t work!

Windows 7 x64, 🙁

8 Jboy June 14, 2010 at 9:39 am

Ah… It’s too bad that I need administrative privileges if you try to do it either way. 🙁

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