The Best Ways To Customize The Welcome Screen In Windows 7

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7logon   The Best Ways To Customize The Welcome Screen In Windows 7Mass-license versions of Windows have long offered companies and large organizations the possibility to customize their log-in and welcome screens. It’s a small thing, but it imposes a sense of professionalism.

Other Windows 7 versions have been left out to dry, although something like this should really be a feature by default.

We resort to third-party applications to customize our welcome screen. There are many alternatives, ranging from terribly amazing to just terrible, and we’ve listed the best three below.

Logon Screen For Windows 7

Logon Screen is one of the simplest, most down to earth application to change your log-on and welcome screens. Or rather, to customize your log-on and welcome screens’ background. Simply use the Logon Screen application to select the desired image, and off you go. Images will be automatically resized to fit your welcome screen.

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The most peculiar thing about Logon Screen is how well it integrates with Windows 7 itself. Most of these kind of applications are portable, but Logon Screen looks like it belongs; as if it was always a part of Windows 7.

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Notably, Logon Screen will also install an extension for the right-click menu (as seen above). Changing your welcome screen will be just as easy as changing your desktop wallpaper, like it should be.

Windows 7 Logon Screen Tweaker

If you want to do more than just change your wallpaper, Windows 7 Logon Screen Tweaker is your best choice. It adds a batch of advanced features without ditching the user friendly interface. At any point, you can review what your log-in screen is going to look like.

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Some of these “tools” allow you to change the button set, remove the Ease of Access button and change the default log-in sound. Windows 7 Logon Screen Tweaker will also remove the Windows branding and the shutdown button. If you’re prone to showing off (but are on a tight budget), you can change this Windows branding to make it seem you’re using a different OS version. Of course, this will not affect your Windows functionality.

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Feel free to play around. If you mess something up, you can use Windows 7 Logon Screen Tweaker to restore everything to its original state.

Logon WorkShop

If we are going from simple to more advanced software alternatives, Logon WorkShop certainly fits the part. The main windows allows you to switch between different ‘logon skins’. You can export and import these profiles so you can easily apply them to different computers or even company-wide.

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Of course, you can also create new skins. Logon Workshop offers the most customizability by far; you can change almost anything, including the background, look and position of the user picture, text, and every button on the screen. The screenshot below shows but one of the different configuration panels.

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Undoubtedly, the interface will look too complicated and cluttered for many users, but you don’t need to use all this advanced functionality. If you want, you can just change the welcome screen background and be done with it. If you do decide to play a little with the application, and something goes south, just restore your computer to the default skin, or create a new one.

What do you think of these applications to customize your welcome screen? Let us know what you’re using (and why) in the comments!

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Tilman

“Windows 6 Logon Screen Tweaker will also remove the Windows branding and the shutdown button.” That seems to be a typo… Feel free to delete this comment once you have corrected (and found ;)) the mistake.

Aibek

thanks for heads up :-)

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Wheezer

I used the option in TuneUp Utilities 2010 to change mine. You don’t get as many options as the second two programs listed here, but it does what I wanted.

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Rodolfo

I think we lovers of the good old black screen would deserve some consideration too. Why not an option to kill the welcome screen altogether and go directly to our personal desktop?

Aibek

That’s what I prefer as well. Plus a plain black wallpaper on the desktop!

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Iy

be careful with this program, i edited some picture sizes and now i cant log on. all i get is a black screen!

Simon Slangen

What application did you use? Run Windows in safe mode (hold F8 while your computer boots) and use the application to restore your login screen to its default setting. Let me know if that works.

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jrmbtr

I used Windows 7 Logon Screen Tweaker to test the changes, however now I’m unable to open the program again to revert the changes. Please advise on alternative means of opening the program with Windows 7 Ent x64.

EDIT: Forgot to add that it apparently corrupted all of my restore points as well.

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jrmbtr

I used Windows 7 Logon Screen Tweaker to test the changes, however now I’m unable to open the program again to revert the changes. Please advise on alternative means of opening the program with Windows 7 Ent x64.

EDIT: Forgot to add that it apparently corrupted all of my restore points as well.

Simon Slangen

Hi jrmbtr,

Three options.

– Re-download and install the application, and try again.
– Use one of the other applications to return your logon screen to default.
– Download and execute this file.

Hope this helps.

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Simon Slangen

Hi jrmbtr,

Three options.

- Re-download and install the application, and try again.
- Use one of the other applications to return your logon screen to default.
- Download and execute this file.

Hope this helps.

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Andrew Titmuss

I know you will think I am a dweeb but I am actually going to try 1 or 2 of these programs

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Jayk822

i have had the same happen to me as jrmbtr. although i am not too worried about it since i am happy about the screen i chose. but i was looking to change my startup sound and since the program isnt running i cant do so.

Simon Slange, i am kinda curious as to why u said to download and execute winrar for one of the helps with this problem?

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Jayk822

i have had the same happen to me as jrmbtr. although i am not too worried about it since i am happy about the screen i chose. but i was looking to change my startup sound and since the program isnt running i cant do so.

Simon Slange, i am kinda curious as to why u said to download and execute winrar for one of the helps with this problem?

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