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How to change the background of the startup screen in Windows 7


In Windows 7, as in other Microsoft operating systems, it is possible to change the background of the start screen. As always, Microsoft didn’t create a convenient tool for this procedure, so changing the background of the startup screen in Windows 7 is done by modifying the registry.

Open the regedit.exe registry editor and locate the following key: HKLM \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Authentication \ LogonUI \ Backgroud
Create a new DWORD parameter with the name OEMBackground and set its value to 1.

The next step is to create a folder and file structure:

  • Change to the % windir% \ system32 \ oobe directory
  • Create an info folder
  • In the info folder, create a subfolder named backgrounds and navigate to it. As a result, you should get the following full path:
  • C: \ Windows \ System32 \ oobe \ info \ backgrounds
  • Copy the image you want to use as the background of the Windows 7 boot screen and rename it to backgroundDefault.jpg


File size should not exceed 256 KB
If you want to use different files with different resolutions for different screen resolutions, you need to name them as follows:
background768 × 1280.jpg (0.6)
background900 × 1440.jpg (0.625)
background960 × 1280.jpg (0.75)
background1024 × 1280.jpg (0.8)
background1280 × 1024.jpg (1.25)
background1024 × 768.jpg (1.33-)
background1280 × 960.jpg (1.33-)
background1600 × 1200.jpg (1.33-)
background1440 × 900.jpg (1.6)
background1920 × 1200.jpg (1.6)
background1280 × 768.jpg (1.66-)
background1360 × 768.jpg (1.770833-)

There is also a group policy associated with modifying the settings of the start screen in Windows 7. You can find it in the following path: Computer Configuration> Administrative Templates> System> Logon


In the event that this policy is enabled, then during the download, an attempt will be made to load a custom picture instead of the standard Windows login picture.