Personalizing your screen sis one of the best ways that you can truly say that it is yours, thus, you should learn How to Change Windows 7 Logon Screen. One of the first things that people see when you open your computer or laptop is the logon screen.

This is why it is important that you place a good deal of thought about it. This actually reflects so many things about you. It can tell your favorite color, your style or sometimes, it may even tell people your state of mind.

There are actually two approaches on how you can do this. The first one deals with a third party application while the other can be manually done. The first one usually offers a safe and more convenient way. While the second may require a little more work. However, the two have just the same effects.

Using Third Party Applications

One of the most common third party applications is through It has a Logon Changer application that enables you to customize your logon image without any hassle. It can even do the work on its own, you would just need to choose which image you would like to use and it can manipulate the image without touching the original image.

  1. You can start by downloading the application first.
  2. Then, you would have to unzip the files, since this usually comes in compressed folders.
  3. Choose “Run”, this would be the most appropriate action to run the executable file.
  4. Choose the image that you would like to place as your Logon Screen.

Manual Changing

Aside from this, you can also manually do the changing. Now, you would need to:

  1. Open the Windows Start menu. Find the search bar and type in regedit. This can actually mean Registry Edit.
  2. Then, you choose right-click on the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. Click on Find.
  3. Look for the OEMBackground. This is usually located at
    • Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI
  4. Choose the OEMBackground by double click. There is a value box under “Data”, change it to 1 rather than 0.
  5. Open your Windows Explorer and then click on %windir%\system32\oobe. Remember, you should use Windows Explorer and no other browser.
  6. Open a newly-created folder, name it info. Inside info, create another folder name it as background. So there would be two folders, one folder inside the other.
  7. Choose an image that is less than 245KB, and then name it backgroundDefault.jpg. In a third party application, you can choose any image and it would already do the editing to make it fit into only less than 245KB. In this method, you would need to be the one to choose which is under that file size.
  8. Save the image named backgroundDefault.jpg in the background folder, which is inside the info folder.
  9. Reboot your system to check whether you are able to do it completely.

If the image appeared in the logon screen, congratulations, if not, just try the third party application, it is hassle free and you can let the application edit the image that is too big.