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Change the Logon Screen Wallpaper (All Windows) Popular

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 allows you to change the default wallpaper.

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Open your registry and find the key below.

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').

In the same key, you can also modify these additional values "Pattern" and "TileWallpaper" to set the background pattern and Tile mode respectively.

Restart Windows for the changes to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|WallpaperREG_SZ"c:\windows\mylogo.bmp"|
|PatternREG_SZ"(None)"|
|TileWallpaperREG_SZ"0"|
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|HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop|
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Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop]
Value Name: Wallpaper, TitleWallpaper
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)

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Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Last modified: December 20, 2002