Changing Background Bitmap for the Windows NT Logon Screen

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You can change the default background bitmap used at the Windows NT logon screen by modifying a value in the Registry.


WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious, system-wide problems that may require you to reinstall Windows NT to correct them. Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use this tool at your own risk.

  1. Start Registry Editor (REGEDT32.EXE).
  2. Locate and select the following Registry subkey:
    HKEY_USERS on Local Machine\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop
  3. Select the Wallpaper value and choose String from the Edit menu.
  4. In the String field, type the full name of the bitmap, including the full path if the file is not located in the SYSTEM32 directory.
  5. Exit Registry Editor to save the changes.
The next time you logon, the bitmap you chose should be displayed.


Article ID: 103327 - Last Review: February 20, 2007 - Revision: 2.2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.5
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.51
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.5
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.51
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
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