How To Customize Your Logon Screen

When you first start up your computer you go to the logon screen where you put in your password to start up Windows. If you’re tired of seeing the same old background image at that point, it’s possible to change that using a program called Logon Changer. Logon Changer is a portable freeware designed to work with Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1:

It’s pretty simple to use. First you’ll need to extract the contents of the downloaded 664kb zip folder then install from the extracted msi file (which scans 100% clean through Virus Total). Now, simply run the program and click on the Change Default Logon Wallpaper button:

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Browse to and select an image… and that’s it. A preview of your new logon screen will immediately be displayed in Logon Changer’s interface:

new logon screen

If you happen to choose an image with a file size that’s too large, Logon Changer will offer to automatically adjust it for you:

logon changer-adjust image

(*The above process was in Windows 8.1, the Logon Changer site includes instructions, with screenshots, for both Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1)

I’ve used it a number of times now with no problems. Below is a screenshot of my current selection. I also use it as my profile pic. It’s a cropped version from the picture from here:

My logon screen

NOTE: This feature is already built into Windows 10. Go to Settings>Personalization>Lock screen:

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About the Author

Terry Hollett

Terry is a self-taught computer aficionado, who after being exposed to Windows 3.1 in the early 1990's devoured every book and magazine on the subject he could get his hands on. A published author with over 20 years' experience building and servicing computers for friends and family he started his first website in 2002 at Hit Any Key.