25 thoughts on “How to use Group Policy to configure Windows 7 Logon UI Background Wallpaper

  1. thanks for the info.

    But the registery value, u can also do with GPO (better i think)

    Computer config / Policies / admin templ / system / logon -> always use custom logon background = enabled

    1. OMG!! I Never knew that one existed… i am going to have to update the article… thanks

    2. There isn’t such option “always use custom logon background” ???
      Windows 2008 R2 ?

  2. Hi There,

    I am following your article but the file is not copying at all. I have several domain controllers and I am putting it in the SysVol login scripts folder and given Domain Computers access to it but the file just doesn’t copy over.



    1. For me i had to use the FQDN of the domain before it copied for me. and I had mine in the netlogon folder. eg. \\domain.local\netlogon\backgroundDefault.jpg
      Its also important that you dont customise the name of your custom background.

      I hope that helps.

      Does anyone how to get it to work when multiple files with different resolutions are supplied as mentioned here in this article? http://www.withinwindows.com/2009/03/15/windows-7-to-officially-support-logon-ui-background-customization/

  3. Hi,

    “Tip #4: As this registry key already exists then I would NOT recommend using the…”

    The what? Computer Configuration? User Configuration?

    I’m having issues with setting this up, so that tip may very well fix my problem.

  4. My backgroundDefault.jpg will not overwrite the one already in the background folder on the local machine. Is there a way to do that without me having to physically touch each machine?

    1. Same to me. It seems to be cached somewhere else… Has someone an idea?

    2. Same to me. It seems to be cached somewhere else… Has someone an idea?

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