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How to change the logon screen wallpaper
Author: Craig "hachiroku" Mercer
Date Created:2001-04-23
Operating System(s):Windows Logo imageWindows 9X/NT/2000/XP

When you setup a background wallpaper for your desktop, the initial logon screen wallpaper is not changed and stays as the default Windows appearance. This tweak allow you to change the default wallpaper.

Open your registry with your favorite editor and find the key below.

Key: [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop]
Value Name: Wallpaper
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)

Note: In the same key, you should also be aware of, and possibly set these additional values "Pattern"="(None)" & "TileWallpaper"="0"

Modify the value of 'Wallpaper' to equal the path and filename of the bitmap (BMP) file you want to use as the background (e.g. 'c:\windows\mylogo.bmp').

Restart Windows for the changes to take effect.

The Usual Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Use the information provided at your own risk.