Customizing the Windows 7 Desktop – Logons

From the early days of Windows, the GUI has come a long way in both looks and performance.  Windows 7 continues with a desktop environment that is both easy to use, and is easy on the eyes.  However, as nice as the desktop looks on Win7, there is no substitution for your own personal customization.

Lets start off with one of the first images you see when starting Windows, the logon screen.  Windows 7 has a nice, new background as the default logon screen, but once again personalization is key from separating your desktop from every other one out there.  I’m going to show you an application that will let you change the Windows logon screen to your own personal image, or one of thousands available for download.  The best part is it’s free!

First, download LogonStudio from here.

This will also work with Windows Vista, but it does have provisional support for Windows 7.

Once installed, the interface is pretty straightforward and easy to use.  LogonStudio includes several logons you can use right away, and all you have to do is select the image you want, hit Apply, and your logon is changed.  Pretty simple!


But what if you want to use your own image?  Well it’s just as simple.  Take the image you want to use as a logon, and simply drag it into the LogonStudio window.  A dialog box will popup allowing you to name and save the logon, then just apply it as before. 

A new feature is the ability to easily use your current desktop wallpaper as a logon.   It’s also easy to get back to the Windows default logon if necessary.


So now every time you log into Windows 7, you will see your image.  Congrats!  You have just started to customize Windows 7 to your own personal taste!

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