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Add Change your Login Screen Background

Submitted by nyxtom on February 26, 2009 to Aesthetics, Icons

Many times I and many others like to make their pc environment personal. This includes changing the background, the themes, the folder icons, layout of icons, organization of content. The problem is that it typically hidden or removed and so workarounds are required.

Login Screen Background
- I and many others change their login wallpapers. This does not exist in Windows 7 at all. The current alternative is LoginStudio which is designed to work with Vista (lacking the capability to change that wallpaper). Or alternatively to that, it is a dll called imageres.dll in the Windows folder.

Modify the personalize screen to have this ability to change the login screen wallpaper. You can reuse the change your desktop wallpaper and provide a preview into the login screen.

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Discussion (12 comments)

nyxtom wrote on February 26, 2009, 9:23am

Changed title from [Bring Customization to the Forefront] to [Add Change your Login Screen Background].

Ensign Joe wrote on February 26, 2009, 1:36pm

Well actually it isn't easily possible to "change" that background because the logon screen is a fullscreen application that brings its own background.
But they could just remove the background and use "transparent" windows for placing the labels etc so that the standard desktop background could be "seen through" which can be changed easily. +1 !

.Chris wrote on February 26, 2009, 4:16pm

^ nice idea!

+1

Jereck wrote on February 26, 2009, 6:20pm

This would also be useful for companies, so they could have their logo on logon screen also ...

Indrek wrote on February 26, 2009, 6:40pm

... and also opens up customisation opportunities for OEMs.

As for the idea itself - suppose there's more than one user who has customised their logon screen. Whose version should be displayed then?

The logon screen doesn't "belong" to any individual user, so I'm not sure if per-user customisation is a good idea, or even feasible.

nyxtom wrote on February 27, 2009, 10:56pm

For multiple users you are correct. But let's think about why there are multiple users as such.

Possible Scenario 1: Multiple Users as a result of Family Computer
Admin may be the designated author of the login screen (i.e. the parent or other)

Possible Scenario 2: Single User
Customization of this screen should be default.

Alternative:
Every user has their own picture for their login. Why not make it so the background changes when they go to type in their password. It's a click away so the transition to their custom screen is feasible.
But then who controls the parent screen? I would say the admin of the computer.

Indrek wrote on February 27, 2009, 11:49pm

Changing the background when a user account is selected sounds reasonable, though fetching a user's preferences before they're authenticated might pose a problem.

nyxtom wrote on February 28, 2009, 12:49am

It has to store a list of users with their perspective "user account picture" why not add one extra bit of visual metadata to this.

tractordriver88 wrote on March 4, 2009, 11:43pm

In my case, I'm the only user on this pc, so it's not that big of a deal.
I did use a 3rd party program to put a screensaver in the login screen to prevent screen burn.

Jereck wrote on March 16, 2009, 5:41pm

Well, not exactly, it could be great to have a wizard available, and not to have to set a value une the registry and use pre-defined filenames, ...

Indrek wrote on March 16, 2009, 6:23pm

Well, it's for OEMs, not end users, like I mentioned above.

Still, better than nothing.

.Chris wrote on March 16, 2009, 6:25pm

Well microsoft may make it for end users, given the huge response on these tech forums

I think it will bebbetter for end users instead of having the OEM's large logo staring at you

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