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Guys,
how do i change the image in the login screen. without any software.
I mean programatically. Is there any way i can tweak windows to
display an image of my choice on login.

Thanx.

Even if noone can answer me here, pls refer me to d right forum.
Jul 7 '08 #1
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"creamy" <bl**************@yahoo.comwrote in message
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Guys,
how do i change the image in the login screen. without any software.
I mean programatically. Is there any way i can tweak windows to
display an image of my choice on login.

Thanx.

Even if noone can answer me here, pls refer me to d right forum.
You can try microsoft.public.windowsxp.general. They should be able to help
with that. This is, after all, a software forum and you want a non-software
solution.

:)

Mythran
Jul 7 '08 #2

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On Mon, 07 Jul 2008 08:49:03 -0700, creamy <bl**************@yahoo.com>
wrote:
how do i change the image in the login screen. without any software.
I mean programatically. Is there any way i can tweak windows to
display an image of my choice on login.
Display how? You could add your image to the Startup folder or as a value
to the user's Run registry key, and then Windows would use the default
application for that image format to display the image. If you're writing
your own C# program to display the image, then you could just add your
application to either of those places.

AFAIK, Windows doesn't itself "do" login splash screens, so it's something
you'd have to implement yourself.

I also don't understand the phrase "without any software, I mean
programmatically". How you do do something programmatically without
software? That seems like an oxymoron to me.

Pete
Jul 7 '08 #3

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It really depends on which version of Windows you're referring to.

In Windows XP The login screen background is just a simple registry setting
under: HKU\.DEFAULT\Desktop. If the Wallpaper value exists already just set
it to the full path to the image you're wanting to use, otherwise you'll need
to create a new string value and then set it to the full path to the image.

In Windows Vista things are quite a bit more difficult than just setting a
simple registry key. You need to use software to change the login screen at
all (even the background color) since the background image is stored inside a
DLL on the machine. If you need more information about doing this with Vista
just let me know. I don't have my Vista box in front of me right now to get
the software name.
"Peter Duniho" wrote:
On Mon, 07 Jul 2008 08:49:03 -0700, creamy <bl**************@yahoo.com>
wrote:
how do i change the image in the login screen. without any software.
I mean programatically. Is there any way i can tweak windows to
display an image of my choice on login.

Display how? You could add your image to the Startup folder or as a value
to the user's Run registry key, and then Windows would use the default
application for that image format to display the image. If you're writing
your own C# program to display the image, then you could just add your
application to either of those places.

AFAIK, Windows doesn't itself "do" login splash screens, so it's something
you'd have to implement yourself.

I also don't understand the phrase "without any software, I mean
programmatically". How you do do something programmatically without
software? That seems like an oxymoron to me.

Pete
Jul 7 '08 #4

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"Peter Duniho" <Np*********@nnowslpianmk.comwrote in message
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On Mon, 07 Jul 2008 08:49:03 -0700, creamy <bl**************@yahoo.com>
wrote:
>how do i change the image in the login screen. without any software.
I mean programatically. Is there any way i can tweak windows to
display an image of my choice on login.

Display how? You could add your image to the Startup folder or as a value
to the user's Run registry key, and then Windows would use the default
application for that image format to display the image. If you're writing
your own C# program to display the image, then you could just add your
application to either of those places.

AFAIK, Windows doesn't itself "do" login splash screens, so it's something
you'd have to implement yourself.

I also don't understand the phrase "without any software, I mean
programmatically". How you do do something programmatically without
software? That seems like an oxymoron to me.

Pete

I think he means to display the image in the login screen without any
software (meaning without programatically changing the image).

Mythran
Jul 7 '08 #5

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On Mon, 07 Jul 2008 10:24:24 -0700, Mythran <My*****@community.nospam>
wrote:
I think he means to display the image in the login screen without any
software (meaning without programatically changing the image).
Frankly, I don't think it's clear what he means. I take the statement
"display an image of my choice on login" to mean that _when_ a login
occurs, he displays an image. That's different from the login screen
itself. He also writes that he wants to do it "programmatically" but
"without any software".

It's a poorly worded question however you look at it. But without any
clarification, I suppose all we can do is throw as many different answers
as we can think of and hope one sticks. :)

Pete
Jul 8 '08 #6

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"Peter Duniho" <Np*********@nnowslpianmk.comwrote in message
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On Mon, 07 Jul 2008 10:24:24 -0700, Mythran <My*****@community.nospam>
wrote:
>I think he means to display the image in the login screen without any
software (meaning without programatically changing the image).

Frankly, I don't think it's clear what he means. I take the statement
"display an image of my choice on login" to mean that _when_ a login
occurs, he displays an image. That's different from the login screen
itself. He also writes that he wants to do it "programmatically" but
"without any software".

It's a poorly worded question however you look at it. But without any
clarification, I suppose all we can do is throw as many different answers
as we can think of and hope one sticks. :)

Pete
In that case, one solution is for him to pay me $1 million USD and I'll do
it with or without programming....

"Given enough time and money, anything is possible." -- My old boss, but
don't know where he got the quote from...

Mythran
Jul 8 '08 #7

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