Customizing the Windows welcome screen?

Coolname007

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I'm actually trying to customize both Welcome screens, i.e. XP and Vista. So how 'bout if I specify the path to a .bmp file in Vista, and use the other method in XP? Or am I misunderstanding you, and it is Vista that it doesn't work in? :grinning:

-Coolname007

EDIT: I guess I'm a little confused...
Which method works for Vista, and which method works for XP? I'm doing the caption and text thing from XP, so I know that method for sure works on XP...but would it work on Vista too?
 
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JustinW

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Backgrounds don't work for Vista, only for XP and only when classic login is used. The legal notice text may work for both of them.
 

Coolname007

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Backgrounds don't work for Vista, only for XP and only when classic login is used. The legal notice text may work for both of them.

Alright...thanks for clarifying that. :smile: I think then I'm going to try using the legal notice thing on both XP and Vista. I'll let you know how it goes.

-Coolname007

Addendum:

Hmm...nice affect! :grinning: What appears at startup of XP now, right before the Welcome screen, is a dialog box with my own custom message, and a black background behind the dialog box. That's all well and good...but I was looking for more of a way to customize the Welcome screen itself, such as change the "Welcome" to a "Welcome insertnamehere" if you know what I mean. :wink:

Any ideas on how to customize the Welcome screen itself, instead of putting cute little dialog boxes to get through before arriving at the Welcome screen? :brows:

Thanks in advance!

-Coolname007
 
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JustinW

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Nope. Unless you're one of MSes secret agents :smile: That is why I prefer the custom background because I can add in any text I want to be displayed without having to have a messagebox pop up each time. But as said before, this isn't possible for Vista.
 

Coolname007

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I think I found what I was looking for...or something remarkably close to it. :smile:

How to Change the Windows XP Welcome Screen

That's to change your Welcome screen to a screen of your choosing using a special software called "LogonStudio" from Starduck.com. Plus there are various hacks out there for customizing the Welcome screen, including changing the text, changing the color, etc. etc. :wink: Just Google "changing the Windows welcome screen" or "changing the Windows welcome screen text", and there's loads of sites out there that describe how to do it. :smile:

-Coolname007
 

Coolname007

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They have a version of LogonStudio for Vista too. Time to see if it works. :smile:

-Coolname007

Addendum:

Just tried the Vista version, and it works like a dreaaam... :brows:
Great program. It also supports jpeg images.

-Coolname007
 
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