How to Change Windows Splash Screens

By Dan Chruscinski

In the Windows 7 operating system, the splash screen appears as you are logging onto your computer. This screen defaults to a generic design, but you can change it to an image of anything you desire. To change your splash screen, you will need to find and edit an image and then utilize the registry editor to tell your computer to use that image as your splash screen.

Step 1

Click "Start" and then choose "Control Panel." Select "Appearance and Personalization" and then "Display."

Step 2

Click "Adjust Resolution" and write down the current resolution of your screen. For example, you might find that the resolution is "1360 x 768." Exit back to your desktop.

Step 3

Download, scan or draw the picture that you want to use as your new splash screen for Windows 7.

Step 4

Click "Start," "Accessories" and then "Paint." Open your image in the "Paint" program.

Step 5

Click "Resize" from the top of the program. Click the "Pixels" bubble and then uncheck the box marked "Maintain aspect ratio."

Step 6

Type the aspect ratio that you wrote down into the boxes provided. Type the first number in the "Horizontal" box and the second number in the "Vertical" box. Click "OK."

Step 7

Save the image to your computer's desktop as a JPEG file named "backgroundDefault" (without quotation marks). Exit Paint.

Step 8

Click "Start" and type "regedit" (without quotation marks) into the Search box. Press "Enter."

Step 9

Expand the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" folder and then expand the "Software," "Microsoft," "Windows," "Current Version," "Authentication" and "Logon UI" folders. Click "Background" to open the folder on the right side of the screen.

Step 10

Click "OEMBackground" and type "1" in the box marked "Value Data." Click "OK" and exit the Registry menu.

Step 11

Open your computer's "C:" drive folder and then open the "Windows," "System32," "oobe," "INFO" and "backgrounds" folders.

Step 12

Drag the current image out of the folder to your desktop. If prompted, rename the image "oldbackgroundDefault."

Step 13

Drag and drop your new splash-screen image into the folder. Close the folder.

Step 14

Restart your computer and the new splash screen will take effect.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep your old image in case you wish to return to the default background screen.
  • Do not change your splash screen if you are uncomfortable with altering values in your computer's registry.