Logon screen - Change

Brink

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mvp
Did some more checking, and thought I'd look at Tune-up Utilities, found it was out of trial, so decided to Uninstall, and guess what, the new Logon screen flashed up on restart.

So it seems depending on what alterations you make in tune-up, can affect your logon screens.

Needless to say I had no trouble on Win7 as it (TUP) wasn't installed.

We live and learn.
I'm happy to hear that you found the culprit and got it sorted out. :)
 

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wysiwyg

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Logon screen

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blkbenzo80

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Hey Brink,

1st of all I want to thank you for all your hard work and provide everyone with some good and helpful information.

I have one problem on creating a logonvist file. the way step 7 describes how do i get to that screen a logon screen from picture? I have saved few of my pictures to make that as a logon screen but i have been unable to do so. It gives me an error saying it is not .logonvista package file. Help please

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Brink

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mvp
Hello Blkbenzo, and welcome to Vista Forums.

After you have typed in a name in step 7, clicked on Browse to select your image file, you would click on Save and Apply. Double check each step to make sure that you did not miss one. :)
 

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Lorien

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Hi Shawn,

Excellent Tutorial!

Question: Suppose I have 6 users and they are setup in a certain order on the Welcome Screen. Does this program allow me to alter the order to one I prefer? Is there any other way to control the order they are presented (or the way presented - like all in one line vs. 3 on line line and 3 on another) or make other changes of this nature?

Thanks!
 

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Brink

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mvp
Hello Lorien,

Sorry but no. It only changes the background image displayed in these log on screens. :(
 

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Lorien

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Thank you, Brink!

Just to be sure, this is not available through Vista or any other 3rd party program you know about (not just using this program)? Are the names of the users shown on the welcome screen stored somewhere that perhaps can be changed (through sorting or whatever) to present differently? It seems so odd to me that something like that would not be able to be configured (even if I can't figure out how to do it - LOL!). I mean, how does it determine the order? Was it based on the original user account add-on order (it doesn't seem to be alphabetical)? Will changing the usernames affect the order they are presented? I don't mean to pester you with this, I'm just trying to resolve an issue in the threads and this was the closest tutorial I could find on the subject.
 

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Brink

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mvp
No problem Lorien.

I'm not sure if the log on user name order can be changed either. :(
 

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Lorien

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Hi Brink,

This apparently can be done (changing the user order that neither of us thought possible), but it is very involved. Here's the procedure that was provided to the OP who, beyond all belief, actually went through the effort of doing it and it apparently worked (not as he had wanted, but it did do the trick): http://www.vistax64.com/general-discussion/285472-change-arrangement-users-log-screen.html#post1302337.

I thought you'd be interested in this and perhaps may want to add a reference link to the post or to the SF article linked in that post or perhaps even add it here as another way to change the logon screen.

I hope this helps.

Good luck!
 

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Brink

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mvp
Ah, I was thinking that it had to be alphabetically ordered based on the original name of a created user account. Thank you Lorien. :)
 

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Cytherian

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I installed StarDock's Logon Studio for Vista, but ran into a problem. Every time the login screen comes up, I get a VC++ runtime error with msvcrt.dll. Uh... how odd. The logon process continued OK and everything else seems fine, but the error happens every time I use the logon screen. This bothers me a lot. I tried to uninstall Logon Studio, but it failed to do so because somehow it couldn't locate INSTALL.LOG, even though it was present in the director. That looks even worse! So, I did the next best thing, which was to roll back to a previous restore point.

I then read that x64 systems are NOT supported, only x32. Ah, so perhaps this explains it.

How hard can replacing an image file actually be? I simply want a different image, which is a data file... not a program. Is there a manual way to substitute the image? If memory serves me correctly, I have a feeling that Windows does not use a stock image type, that there is some kind of proprietary binary file that is used to load system theme images.

I'm now thinking that there be another way to achieve the desired image... Maybe after installing and customizing Logon Studio, I can save off the special theme files created. Then when rolling back to my previous restore point, I then copy those files over an existing theme.
 

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Brink

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mvp
Hello Cy,

I'm not sure what may have caused the VC++ runtime error with msvcrt.dll, but LogonStudio runs perfectly fine on both the 32-bit and 64-bit Vista. You might also run a sfc /scannow command to see if you have any corrupted system files, and check to make sure that you have all of your Windows Updates installed.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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Cytherian

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Thanks for letting me know that it should be OK on x64, Shawn. I'm usually pretty good about keeping Vista up to date. I ran the SFC /scannow and some corrupt files were located. Most were true type fonts. The only file flagged that looked peculiar was winload.exe.mui. Anyway, hopefully after rebooting all will be resolved.


Ah, the problem still happens. And I got the file name wrong. It's nvvsvc.exe. The complaint is that it was tried to be run in a "peculiar" way. I don't quite know what that means. The program is an NVIDIA driver helper of some kind. Maybe the Stardock software is not compatible. I did notice my screen acting a little funny afterward, meaning there was a delay in screen transition and then it kind of "half repeated" the previous screen before changing.
 
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Brink

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mvp
See if uninstalling and reinstalling the NVIDIA drivers may help if they are corrupted. winload.exe.mui is the file that get's modified to change the log on screen background, so that would be normal for it to show up. You may need to change the log on screen again after running the SFC command if it restored the default one.
 

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Cytherian

Vista Guru
Wow... what a mess.

Well, in the Event Viewer, I also noticed that LogonUI.exe was crashing too. I downloaded the latest NVidia update pack and installed it. Everything appeared to go normally. Upon logging in, I ran into yet another crash of LogonUI (notified by Windows after desktop appeared). The screen had flashed unusually a couple of times, so I kind of figured it would happen. So... I uninstalled the Stardock Impulse software. And now? Everything is fine. No more errors.

So... I don't know what is going on. Maybe there's something about the NVidia software that conflicts with Stardock software. I've run out of patience on this, as I've been very happy with my NVidia driver software and I just don't want to take any more risks with Stardock.

In any event, I did find a tip on a manual change of the Logon screen background image. I don't know if it works for Vista... will have to give it a shot. I found it at RT Win Customize.
 

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Brink

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mvp
I'm sorry that it will not work for you for some unknown reason. Please let us know how the manual method goes if you give it a try. It's the same as OPTION THREE below for Windows 7. I'm not sure if it will.

Log On Screen - Change - Windows 7 Forums
 

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    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
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    Conexant ISST Audio
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    17.3" UHD IPS touch
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    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

Cytherian

Vista Guru
Well, I tried the manual method, but as you surmised it did not work (it must be for Windows 7).

I uninstalled Stardock/Impulse one more time, completely rolled back to a previous restore point, re-applied NVidia update package and Windows update, then tried Stardock one more time. You know, the install program reports encountering an error (none specified), but still proceeds. Same thing happened last time. I suspect something doesn't get installed right, and may be the culprit of this whole issue.

Anyway... unfortunately I can't seem to use this software. Not only does it throw an annoying error message any time I log on, the fingerprint reader icon no longer has information text below it. I can't know if it failed to read my fingerprint, only to go on the fact that the screen remains. So, in the end... aborting this. I will keep searching to see if there's some manual method (there must be), that has been overshadowed by many posts about Stardock.
 

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    HP Pavillion dv5t
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    4Gb
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    NVidia GeForce 9600M GT 512Mb
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    1280x800 32bit
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Brink

Staff member
mvp
Did you already try right clicking on the program and click "Run as administrator" to see if that may help?

I'm thinking it may be more of a conflict with the fingerprint reader or Impulse. I had no problems using LogonStudio with NVIDIA video drivers installed.
 

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    Custom
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    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
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    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

Cytherian

Vista Guru
When I ran the install, it requested administrator permission to install, and so I clicked "OK". When I logon without using the fingerprint reader, the same problem results.

Anyway... I've now created more of a mess than I'd expected. Apparently I no longer have a restore point available prior to the last Stardock install. I did find someone else report the very same problems I did back in 2009, but he had some other issues as well that clouded the resolution, then he stopped responding.

Well, off to waste the rest of my day trying to manually repair my system. I am really ticked off that a company like Stardock would do something that would compromise an operating system this way, or even better still, that Microsoft wouldn't have better protections in place to recover.
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavillion dv5t
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    Intel Core Duo 2.53GHz
    Memory
    4Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce 9600M GT 512Mb
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800 32bit
    Hard Drives
    Seagate Momentus XT 500Gb
    Hitachi Travelstar HTS543225L9A300 250Gb
    Mouse
    Microsoft 4000

Cytherian

Vista Guru
Just to follow up here...

From what I experienced, Digital Persona fingerprint reader software is NOT compatible with Stardock Logon Studio or BootSkin. Those products do something to the user logon process that confuses Digital Persona, to the point where you cannot logon via the keyboard (only fingerprint reader) and the reader won't show any status messages. It doesn't matter which is installed first (Stardock or Digital Persona); this problem happens no matter what. Also, recovery is tricky. Stardock has some installation issues where it does not clean up after itself very well. After doing a manual registry clean and fully uninstalling Digital Persona, I was eventually able to get the user logon process back to normal with Digital Persona back in place (with latest 4.11 update).

I have an open inquiry to the Stardock people (and on their forum), as well as to Digital Persona in hopes of learning more about the conflict and perhaps a manual workaround. Given how seldom this problem is encountered (I haven't seen anyone complain about it on Windows 7 with Digital Persona), and the fact that Vista is about to be 2 product versions in the past (W7 and W8 ahead), I am not hopeful this will be resolved.
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavillion dv5t
    CPU
    Intel Core Duo 2.53GHz
    Memory
    4Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce 9600M GT 512Mb
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800 32bit
    Hard Drives
    Seagate Momentus XT 500Gb
    Hitachi Travelstar HTS543225L9A300 250Gb
    Mouse
    Microsoft 4000
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