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Customize the Windows 7 Logon Screen

Do you like to customize the Windows interface, and tired of the standard log on screen in Windows 7? Today we take a look at Windows 7 Logon Background Changer which is a free and Open Source app that lets you easily customize the logon screen.

Note: The method for changing the logon screen background is different in Windows 10, so if you’re using Windows 10 instead, you’ll need to follow our updated tutorial.

Windows 7 Logon Background Changer

This cool app is free, Open Source, and lets you change the wallpaper on the Windows 7 Logon screen. It doesn’t require installation, and won’t change any of the system files. The download is a small zip file that contains an executable you can run from a flash drive, and also an installer in the Setup folder if you choose to install it.


After launching Background changer, you can browse through the standard Windows backgrounds to get an idea of how it will look.


If you don’t want to use the standard Windows backgrounds, you can add your own folder of images.


After you’ve selected the background you want, click on the Apply button in the upper right hand corner.


Click Yes on the authorization screen.


Click Yes to User Account Control if it comes up.


The wait a bit while the background is applied.


Now you can log off to see how the new background will look when you or another user signs in.


There are some different settings you can select like resetting back to the default pictures folder, preventing other users from changing the background, and adjust shadows.



There are several apps out there that will tweak the logon background, but this one from Julien Manici is one of the better ones that I’ve found. It’s easy to use and has a nice amount of features for tweaking the background. If you like to tweak and customize your Windows 7 interface, you’ll definitely want to take a look at this app.

Download Windows 7 Logon Background Changer

Windows 7 Logon Background Changer Homepage

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 12/18/09

Comments (16)

  1. exitstageleft
  2. Chris0089

    I’ll be installing W7 32-Bit tomorrow, thanks for the review and sweet app!

    Is there anything similar for Vista & XP?

  3. Alex

    Probably worth noting where the backgrounds come from too? Or if they are on Win7?

  4. Mysticgeek

    @Alex: They are included in Windows. They are the included default wallpapers.

  5. Sean

    Will this work with, surround resolutions 5670X1080 to be exact i hate the black bars on the normal login screen

  6. Astralnaut

    Works great on Windows 7 Ultimate.

  7. JanoXD

    How do I get the default background back?

  8. Barry

    This download has been blocked by the Royal Thai Police Force as pornographic and/or a threat to national security. Along with the other 500 sites a day they are blocking.

  9. van

    hello!! I have a question for you How did you take a print screen fron the logon screen? Is there any programm?


  10. Donna

    Hi, I’m having a problem finding the folder for the Logon Screen Apps. Also, mine has been changed from the red background it came with to a dofferent one all together! And I didn’t change it! Please help?! I have Win7 Home Premium; NIS2011, CCleaner, and Malwarebyte’s Antimalware(free)
    Thank you,

  11. Cheryle

    The log on change app is located in Control Panel. It has a link all its own. You might have an app which you may have accidentally tapped change background on every boot up. It’s easy enough to fix. Find and open the app and deselect change background, or reset the app all together. Hope this works,

  12. nadine

    will this work with windows 7 starter?

  13. jed

    whew!!!!!!!!! I’m going to try this…………..

  14. Jo

    Where did you get the boat background?

  15. sabari

    thanks a lot

  16. Michael

    Is there a way to do this with the Log-Off and ” Control+Alt+Delete ” backgrounds too?

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