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How to change the logon screen wallpaper

By Bra-k ·
How do I change the wallpaper for the logon screen? Right now it is the default blue color. I want to be able to put a pic of our company logo on it(preferably a bmp). I know there is a reg hack for it but I can't find. I looked at Hkey_user\.default\control panel\desktop\wallpaper, but that did not help. All that does is change the wallpaper for the default user, not the logon screen wallpaper.

Thanks in advance,
Bra-k

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by R. A. Caluste In reply to How to change the logon s ...

This is from the Overclockers Club:
http://www.overclockersclub.com/guides/windowsxplogonhack.php

This trick is very easy to do if you have already done the Start Button hack. If you don't already have Resource Hacker (http://www.users.on.net/johnson/resourcehacker/) go download it now.
Browse to C:\winnt\system32 or C:\windows\system32 and copy & paste logonui.exe into the same directory. It should name the copy: copy of logonui.exe Once you have done that, copy logonui.exe again and paste it to C Now, open C:\logonui.exe with Resource hacker. Click on Action and then on Replace bitmap. If you are good with graphics you can make your own logon screen, you should be able to scroll thru the bitmaps in this file and figure out what's where. If your not great with graphics like myself, you can download already made graphics and use them, or use them as a template. To set the size of Bitmap 100: Go into the \UIFILE\1000\1022\ tree and press CTRL+F Now, find Change the entire line to read: Where xxx is put the width e.g. 400rp (the rp @ the end is needed) and where yyy is, put the height e.g. 1000rp. Make sure the image doesn't go over the login names because it slows down to a snails pace (fading etc.)

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by R. A. Caluste In reply to

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Once you have everything the way you want it, just save the file to C and close Resource hacker. Now, your going to need a Windows 98 bootdisk so you can get in dos mode. You can go here and download a bootdisk, if you don't already have one. Once at the DOS prompt, you must copy the new logonui.exe file over the existing one. Go to the directory where you extracted the new logonui file (C:\logonui.exe) and type: copy logonui.exe c:\windows\system32\ or C:\winnt\system32 on some systems. It will ask if you want to overwrite the file, just say yes. All done! Once you reboot you should see your new logon screen. If for some reason you screwup, go back in dos and copy the copy of logonui.exe file and replace it with the one in C:\winnt\system32 or C:\windows\system32.

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by Bra-k In reply to

I looked into your suggestion. But I don't think it will work for me.

One this is a XP Pro machine. The login screen is not like a home user machine with multiple users, (like the Overclockers web site shows). It is the control, alt, delete screen for logging into a network. Also when I use the Resource Hacker program, it is hard to determine what is the wallpaper for the logon screen.

Second, this machine is NTFS. Therefore a Win98 boot disk will not be able to copy files to it. It does not read NTFS properly.

Read more of my comments under my original post. It explains more of what I need.

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by Bra-k In reply to How to change the logon s ...

More info. This is a XP Pro machine with the control, alt, delete screen to log into a network. It does not look like the usual XP home user screen for multiple users.

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by Bra-k In reply to How to change the logon s ...

I need to be able to do this with out having to go into to dos and make changes to files. I am doing some software upgrades and just want to make a wallpaper to display "do not login" while the upgrades are being performed. It also has to have the company logo on it. That is why I figure a bmp would work best. Once the upgrades are done I will need to put the wallpaper back to default.

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by R. A. Caluste In reply to How to change the logon s ...

You could edit the default domain group policy (go to computer configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options)

Change:
1. Message Title for users attempting to log on
2. Message Text for users attempting to log on.

The Message Title could be your company name, the message text could be a detailed WARNING to inform users not to log-on during specific hours and and other details.

This will display BEFORE the login-prompt.

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by Bra-k In reply to

It looks like we will go with this idea. Thanks for your reply.

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