Windows Tips

Change the Image on the Windows Login Screen

  1. Navigate to: HKEY USERS\ .DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop
  2. Double click the wallpaper value, and type in the full path of your image and the filename.
  3. To tile the image set "TileWallPaper" to 1
  4. To Stretch the wallpaper set "WallPaperStyle" to 2
  5. Close the registry editor and the changes will take place when you Log off.

Change the color of the Windows Login Screen

As the colours used by Windows XP are expressed as RGB values (Red Blue Green), we have to establish what your desired color's RGB value is. To do this:

  1. Right click on the desktop (assuming you are logged on!) and then select "Properties" from the Menu.
  2. On the resulting window select the "Appearance" Tab then click the "Advanced" button.
  3. On the next window select "Colour 1" then "Other".
  4. Now on the new window select a colour you like and note its RGB as shown in the bottom right hand corner of the new window. (eg Lime Green is: 68,240,81)
  5. Once you have your RGB values you can close down all the open windows.
  6. Now navigate to: HKEY USERS\ . DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colours.
  7. The default value should be: 0,78,152
  8. You can change this now to your chosen RGB value. The changes will not take place until you log off.

Change to the Login Screen from the Windows Welcome Screen

If you wish to turn off the "Welcome Screen" (NB: If you are using Windows XP Professional on a "domain" based network then the "Welcome Screen" is not an option)

  1. Start > Control Panel > User Accounts
  2. Select "Change the way users log on or off"
  3. Uncheck the "Welcome Screen" option
  4. Click "Apply Options"
  5. The settings will take effect when you log off.

The "Log On" option also changes the way "Ctrl Alt Del" works...

Automatic Windows Logon

  1. Go to the Start Menu and the Run box.
  2. Type in the following: control userpasswords2 and click OK
  3. In the new Windows that appears select the account you wish to make the primary logon.
  4. Now uncheck the "Users must enter a username and password..." box.
  5. Hit Apply and a dialog box will appear asking you to confirm the selected users password.
  6. Click OK when you are done! NB - ONLY use this tip if you are happy that anyone can now logon without typing a password!