Logon screen - Change

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How to Change the Logon Screen in Vista
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This will show you how to change the Logon Screen background image to whatever image you want it to be in Vista.
How to Change the Logon Screen in Vista

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The Logon screen is the screen that shows the accounts on your computer when you are logging on. This consists of the Welcome, Shutdown, Lock Computer, Switch User, Logon, and Logoff screens. The Logon screens are saved as a .logonvista file.

Tip   Tip
For free LogonStudio screens to download, see: WinCustomize: Explore : LogonStudio


EXAMPLE: Default Logon Screen
Logon_Screen.jpg


Here's How:
1. Download and save the free Stardock LogonStudio program..
2. Install the program.​
3. Click on the LogonStudio shortcut to run. (See screenshot below)​
4. Click on Continue in the UAC Prompt. The main window will now open. (See screenshot below)​
LogonStudio.jpg

OPTIONS:
NOTE: See screenshot above. Click on these buttons to the left to do the action described.
5. Load - To load a logon image you already created from step 7 below or downloaded from step 6 below. (See screenshot below)​
A) Navigate to the location of the saved file.​
B) Select it and click on Open.​
C) Go to step 10.​
Load.jpg


6. Download - To download a logon image file from: WinCustomize: Explore : LogonStudio
7. Create - To create a logon image file from any size .jpg, .png, or .bmp file you want.​
NOTE: If the image you use is to small it may be distored.
A) Type in a name for the logon image file. (See screenshot below)​
B) Click on Browse.​
Create.jpg

C) Navigate to the location of the .jpg, .png, or .bmp file. (See screenshot below)​
D) Select it and click on Open.​
Browse.jpg

E) Click on Save to add it to the main display window. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: By default, the logon screens are saved in the hidden system folder C:\ProgramData\Stardock\LogonStudio Vista.
Alien.jpg

F) Go to step 10.​

8. Upload - This takes you to the same website from step 6 above, except you can register and upload a logon screen you created for everyone else to be able to download and use.​
9. About - Tells you the about information for LogonStudio. (See screenshot below)​
About.jpg

After you Loaded or Created a logon file Options:
NOTE: This will now have the logon file in the display window. EX: My Alien avatar (See screenshot below)
10. Save - To save the selected logon file to where you want it.​
11. Apply - To change the logon screen to what you have selected.​
NOTE: When you click Apply, you will be taken to the logon screen with your new screen where you will need to log back on. You will be taken back to where you left off after you logon.
12. Delete - To delete a selected logon file.​
A) Click on Yes for the confirmation prompt.​
LogonStudio2.jpg


That's it,
Shawn








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Hi BigEasy18,

Not directly, but you should be able to press the PrtScrn (Print Screen) key to take a screenshot of the background and paste it with Ctrl+V into Paint "C:\Windows\System32\mspaint.exe", then save it as a JPG file. You can then use that JPG with LogonStudio to do it.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
Your welcome Jetpuck73, an welcome to Vista Forums. Have fun deciding on your new logon screen. ;)

Shawn
 
Im kind of hesitant to use this program since an earlier version for Windows XP screwed up my friends pc. But you recommend it and it seems no one is having problems so i guess they have gotten better.
 
Hello Masterjego,

I can confirm that it works without any problems with the 32 bit or 64 bit Vista Versions. :geek:

Shawn
 
Hello Dondolo, and welcome to Vista Forums.

I have SP1 installed and it works fine for me on both the 32 bit and 64 bit Vista. Do you have UAC turned on? Try right clicking on the Logon Studio shortcut and click on Run as administrator to see if helps you.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
No problems and i like being able to use my own pics as the logon screen. Happy to see the site has gotten their programs working well now :)
 
Thank you Masterjego for posting back you results. I'm happy to hear that it worked fine for you.

Shawn
 
Hello Dondolo, and welcome to Vista Forums.

I have SP1 installed and it works fine for me on both the 32 bit and 64 bit Vista. Do you have UAC turned on? Try right clicking on the Logon Studio shortcut and click on Run as administrator to see if helps you.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

Hi Brink,


I am having the same problem and I tried Run as administrator and it did not work?
 
Hello Love2009, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Let's see if we can't fnd the source of why this program works fine for most and not for others. We have determined that it will not work if you are not running a English version of Vista.

If everyone that is having this problem with a English version can list what security program (antivirus & firewall) they are running, if you have UAC on or off, and any other details that may help, perhaps we can notice a pattern that may reveal what is causing this.

Thank you,
Shawn
 
Does anyone know how to move the password bar to another location on the welcome screen after the logon studio has been installed. Or how to remove the picture, not just change.?
 
Hello Knowledge03, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Sorry, but there is no current method to move the password bar that I know of. :(

I'm not sure what you mean with remove. If you wanted to remove it and have a blank background, then you can just use a solid color image file as a workaround to have one instead.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
Very nice tut and lovely guide. Unfortunately i am not able to run this program. Any idea on how to fix it? My vista language is English as well.
 
Very nice tut and lovely guide. Unfortunately i am not able to run this program. Any idea on how to fix it? My vista language is English as well.
I had this same problem once, and i googled it and came up with this solution: Delete a file named 'skins' in the directory where you installed the software.

Hope this helps
 
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