Changing Windows 7 Boot Screens

Posted on 2011-04-25
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Wanting to change the image for the Boot Screen on Windows 7, I received the following information:

"Create registry key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background] "OEMBackground"=dword:00000001

Place image files in C:\Windows\System32\oobe\Info\Backgrounds that are the correct size:

* backgroundDefault.jpg
* background768×1280.jpg
* background900×1440.jpg
* background960×1280.jpg
* background1024×1280.jpg
* background1280×1024.jpg
* background1024×768.jpg  
* background1280×960.jpg
* background1600×1200.jpg
* background1440×900.jpg
* background1920×1200.jpg
* background1280×768.jpg
* background1360×768.jpg

Note: the files must be <= 256KB"

I am also enclosing an image of the aforementioned location in the registry.

This is somewhat confusing. Please help.
Thanks.  GadgetDude Boot Screen???
Question by:GadgetDude
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    Not sure what is confusing about it :)

    You will need to create the folder info in C:\Windows\system32\oobe, as it won't already exist, then the folder backgrounds inside the info folder.

    You should also Enable in Group Policy the following:
    Local Computer Policy/Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/System/Logon/Always use custom logon background

    In my experience, even 256KB might be too big ... I had compress one down to around 230KB for it to work once.  You really only need to have one background in your info\backgrounds folder, and it should be backgroundDefault.jpg ... the others are only used to customize for different resolutions.  So, if your screen is 1600x900, you put a picture 1600x900px in your info\backgrounds folder, called backgroundDefault.jpg.
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    Was there something specific about the instructions that didn't make sense to you?
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    Sounds like you're wanting to do this for imaging? If so, you can use tweakslogin to change the boot screen. I use it for both of my WDS servers and it works fine across resolutions. It handles the resizing and file locations by itself.

    Also of note, if you ever want to replace the default Windows 7 wallpaper (it's hideous) just create a picture that is the same type and size. Boot to the recovery console, and replace c:\windows\web\wallpaper\windows\img0.jpg with your wallpaper.


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    Thank you all (not y'all) for your responses.
    I shall review them and contact you again shortly.
    Again, Thanks!

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