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    Custom Welcome Screen

    Hello, I have created a custom welcome / login screen for one of the schools that I work at. How do I set the gpo to use it? its server 2008r2 by the way

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    Which version of windows are you applying it too?

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    7 pro edition

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    Quote Originally Posted by northeast_technician View Post
    Hello, I have created a custom welcome / login screen for one of the schools that I work at. How do I set the gpo to use it? its server 2008r2 by the way

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    All stations > computer configuration > Policies > Administrative templates

    • System > Logon

    Always use custom logon background = enabled


    In addition, the following are set to ensure the correct image is being applied:

    All stations > computer configuration > Preferences > Windows Settings > Files:


    Login screen:

    Replace
    Source files: \\[SEVER]\[Share]\Login wallpapers\*

    Destination folder: %systemroot%\System32\oobe\info\backgrounds\



    Sorry if it sounds way to formal... I ripped that straight from my documentation. [Slightly edited to remove site specific stuff.]

    Put the login wallpapers in "\\[SEVER]\[Share]\Login wallpapers\" and it'll be fine. If you're planning on using different ones for seasons/terms/events, put them in separate sub folders and edit the GPO setting as appropriate.

    We have Server 2008r2 and Windows 7 clients.
    Last edited by X-13; 28th February 2014 at 11:59 AM.

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    I did it this way (wrote down the instructions) for an individual machine which I then cloned. This method will require you to modify the registry, and if that puts a knot in your stomach, you should move on to the next section.

    Step 1: Open the Windows Start menu and enter regedit into the search bar.
    Step 2: Right click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and select Find.
    Step 3: Search for OEMBackground, which should be in Computer>HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SOFTWARE>Microsoft>Win dows>CurrentVersion>Authentication>LogonUI>Backgro und. If the key does not exist, add a new DWORD value with the name OEMBackground.
    Step 4: Double click on the entry OEMBackground, and change the value from 0 to 1.
    Step 5: Open Windows Explorer and go to the following path: %windir%system32oobe.
    Step 6: Create a new folder named info, and open it.
    Step 7: Create a new folder within info named backgrounds.
    Step 8: Rename your desired wallpaper as backgroundDefault.jpg and place it inside the folder backgrounds (images must be less than 245KB in size).

    That should do the trick, now just lock your PC, log off or reboot and enjoy.

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    Are you looking for this:

    Computer configuration: Policies: Windows Settings: Security Settings: Local Policies: Security Options: Interactive Logon:Interactive Logon, Message text for users attempting to logon.

    ??

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    no, actually replacing the background image. thanks though

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    cant for some reason get this to do the job, even tried taking out the \info section and just replaced the background image but with no joy. any ideas what may be going wrong

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    What format is the logon background in? Only jpg images work for the background image and it needs to be less than 200kb (iirc).

    Also, you need to name the background - "backgroundDefault.jpg"

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    I've found changing the wallpaper to be easiest for my requirements. User Config - Admin Template - Desktop - Desktop - Desktop Wallpaper. The image is called logon.jpg and resides in the netlogon folder. If I want to change it, I just name the new image logon.jpg.

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    which image does it replace or do i need to set the gpo to create?

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    Quote Originally Posted by northeast_technician View Post
    which image does it replace or do i need to set the gpo to create?
    You will want to create a GPO that copies backgroundDefault.jpg from say NETLOGON to C:\Windows\System32\oobe\info\backgrounds\

    You need to set the GPO setting "Always use custom logon background" which is located in "Computer Configuration\Policies\Admin Templates\System\Logon"

    This should then work and on the logon screen your custom background should be shown.

    Regards, J_Worth

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    I dont know whats going wrong, I have done everything said and it still doesnt change the background. I have even made the gpo enforced

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    Quote Originally Posted by northeast_technician View Post
    I dont know whats going wrong, I have done everything said and it still doesnt change the background. I have even made the gpo enforced
    How big is your file? Normally has to be under 256kb etc.

    Steve

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    its 60kb

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