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Screen Tweaker Swaps Windows 7 Logon Screen

Windows: Free application Screen Tweaker makes it simple to swap out your logon screen wallpaper (as well as tweak other elements of the Windows logon screen).

In addition to swapping out the wallpaper you can add and remove buttons, add text, and otherwise tweak the interface. Hit up the link below to grab a free copy.

Windows 7 Logon Screen Tweaker [Softpedia via Freeware Genius]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/23/12

Comments (10)

  1. DeAnn

    I haven’t used this one but I do like Windows 7 Logon Background Changer

  2. Khai

    can it move the logon field and buttons tho?

  3. Dark Reality

    Thanks! I’ve been looking for something like this!

  4. Dark Reality

    Shame it doesn’t work right out of the .rar, though. A couple people in the forums had problems. Even running it as an administrator, doesn’t help. Here’s exactly what it says:

    Error saving image:

    Access to the path ‘C:\Windows\system32\oobe\info\backgrounds\backgroundDefault.jpg.BACKUP’ is denied.

    Heh… okay… went to that path and set both files as read-only OFF… and it worked. I had to authorize administrator access both times. Shouldn’t an app running as admin be able to handle this on its own? Still, good find.

  5. Brian

    @Dark Reality:
    It worked fine for me… the only problem I had was changing the logon sound, and that worked when I tried it a second time… without me changing anything. It’s possible that there’s a glitch in the program itself.

    I have also used Windows 7 Logon Background Changer, and it does work very well, but after trying this one I don’t know if I will go back. It offers more options, such as changing the logon sound, adding a legal notice at startup (Not that I don’t know my way around the registry… but it does make it a little easier), actually changing what text is on screen (you can remove the Windows 7 Professional or whatever flavor you have), you can remove those annoying ease of access buttons, etc.

  6. Tim K.

    is there a version for windows vista, or will this work fir both? i have vista business sp2.

  7. spin498

    Add me to the list of people with problems, I got a changed background picture, but it wouldn’t add text and it wouldn’t change the profile picture.

  8. Steve Hoffman

    I can’t seem to find the download icon. I registered, activated with the site & i can see the word download but nothing happens when I click on it. Any suggestions?

  9. Dark Reality

    Steve, you shouldn’t need to register with the site to download the app (I didn’t). Should be able to just click download.

    Oh, I remember. That isn’t a download link. It’s just text. You have to copy the URL below. The author is hosting it on his Dropbox account. Just copy the URL to your browser’s address bar and hit enter. Looks shady, but it’s legit (enough).

    Also, I’m not sure if it’s related to the app (probably not) but I’m just gonna throw this out there. I did all this on my W7 account. My wife went to use the computer, and when she switched to her account, all her desktop icons were gone. So she rebooted, and the icons came back, but Firefox wouldn’t open. She got me on it, and I couldn’t open Firefox either. A power cycle sorted it. I don’t want to blame this app, but it’s the only thing we’ve done out of the ordinary that I can think of. It’s been fine since, so it could just be Windows being Windows.

  10. bonedog73

    If you want to do it the manual way – create a DWORD value named OEMBackground in the HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background key is checked. Its data, of Boolean type, defines whether or not this behavior is turned on, i.e. 1 for enabled, 0 for disabled.

    Then put a pic named backgroundDefault.jpg no bigger than 256k in –


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