How To Change Windows Login (Welcome) Screen

Satheesh C B | Saturday, March 15, 2008 | 2 comments


Seeing the same old blue screen each time you login to Windows XP can get quite boring for you with passing time. Probably the best way to get rid of this blue screen is to use the direct login feature and not see the welcome screen at all but for multi user computers the welcome screen acts as a login portal and you can not disable it whatsoever. However there is a simple trick to change the welcome screen .

Change Windows Welcome (Login) Screen

Just make sure that you have the “Use welcome screen” option activated in Control Panel –> Users Accounts –> Logon and Logoff Options before trying to apply this trick.
Basically there are two ways to change your login screen. one is to either replace your default login screen with your new one and the other method is to play with the registry such that it recognizes the new login screen as the default one ..
The following steps will guide you how to over write your existing login screen with your new one. Here are the steps
1. Make a backup copy of C:\windows\system32\logonui.exe
2. Rename your new login screen to logonui.exe
3. Overwrite the existing login screen file with your new login screen and thats it you are done.
Second method that will help Windows identify your new login screen as the default one. The good thing about this trick it that you don’t have to delete or replace your original login screen file. Here it goes.
1. Copy your custom login screen file under another name, let’s say logonuiA.exe, to C:\Windows\system3\
2. Open Start menu –> Run –> and type Regedit
3. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE –> SOFTWARE –> Microsoft –> Windows NT –> CurrentVersion –> Winlogon and change the value for UIHost to logonuiA.exe.
Rever To your Old Login Screen
If you ever feel like restoring your original login screen then all you have to do is use the backup copy of logonui.exe and paste it in C:\windows\system32\ and select over write.

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2 comments:

  1. but you dint say how to create customised logon screen / new logon windo. totally confued

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  2. Siru,
    1. backup the logonui.exe file present in %systemroot%\windows\system32 directory.. so that u can restore it back, if u end up messing with the system
    2. download a resource hacker, which is freely downloadable
    http://www.angusj.com/resourcehacker/
    3. make another copy of the logonui.exe that u've just backed up.. You are going to modify this for creating custom logon screen
    4. Open a copy of the logonui.exe file using the resource hacker
    5. You'll observe the list of bitmaps, named 1001, 1033 etc.. on the side pane on the left hand side of the resource hacker window. Click on them and you'll observe the bitmap showing up in the right pane
    6. You can easily identify the position of that particular bitmap in the logon screen.. So choose the right one, you want to modify (for e.g. 1033)
    7. Choose Replace Bitmap from the actions menu and specify the bitmap with which u want to replace the exisiting one.
    8. After changing the bitmap, save the file and replace the logonui.exe in the system32 dir with this modified file
    9. Press Windows Logo key + L to see the logonui changed.

    if u end up messing with the system, restore the orginal file back into system32 directory.

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    LogonStudio is a free program that allows users to change their Windows 7, Vista and XP logon screens. It comes with several logon screens to choose from, along with thousands that are available online from Web sites such as WinCustomize.com

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