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[How To] Change the windows 7 login screen! "OEM only"
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How to change the windows 7 login screen! "OEM Only"


First off what is OEM?


OEM stands for "original equipment manufacturer.", Almost all PC component and software vendors make two versions of the same product based on a difference in the distribution channels. Retail ("distribution") is the main consumer channel, whilst OEM (to various systems manufacturers) is another. witch means, if you ordered a PC from Dell/HP/Gateway/Acer "just to name a few" and Windows is already pre-installed that is a OEM version and should either have a Disk for re-installing the windows or it has a factory recovery image burnt onto a partition called "Recovery", if you bought the Windows Disk at a retail store like "Target/WalMart/Best Buy/Office Depot" then it is the retail version of Windows and not a OEM.


A simple way to check to see if you have an OEM is in the System Properties.


Look at the product id located under the windows activation it should look like this.


Product ID: ****-OEM-*******-*****


If you don't know where the System Properties is located you can follow this route: Control Panel\System and Security\System then scroll down and you will find it.


Now find or make an image you would like to use for your login screen and save it.


Then place the image in C:\Windows\System32\oobe\info\backgrounds.


Now that's out of the way time for some editing, yes that's right inside the registry! to find your registry click the Start Button then inside the "search bar" at the bottom type regedit then a program called regedit.exe will appear open that.


Look for value named OEMBackground in the: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background Change the value of OEMBackground from default 0 to 1.


Your login screen should be changed instantly without the need of restarting.


To check if it is working, press CTRL+ALT+DEL to see the new login screen.


A preview below of what this does!


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