Customize Windows XP Logon Screen Background and Color

by on March 20th, 2009


Lets customize Windows XP Logon Screen background wallpaper.

Customize Logon Screen and Wallpaper

You will need bitmap images. Make sure you take wallpaper of same resolution as your monitor screen. You can customize each and everything at the Logon screen. Download LogonStudio XP from stardock. LogonStudio takes an ordinary logon and makes it look the way you want it to.

Download LogonStudio for Xp

Customize Logon Screen Background Color in XP

There are several ways to change the XP logon background color. You will have to go into the Registry. Backup your registry before doing anything.

  • Right click on the desktop and select “Properties” from the Menu.
  • On the resulting window select the “Appearance” Tab then click the “Advanced” button.
  • On the next window select “Color 1” then “Other”.
  • Now on the new window select a color you like and note its RGB as shown in the bottom right hand corner of the new window.
    For example the shade of Lime Green: R68 G240 B81 or simply 68 240 81
  • Once you have your RGB values you can close down all the open windows.
  • Now navigate to:
    HKEY USERS\ . DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colours.
  • The default value should be: 0 78 152
    You can change this now to your chosen RGB value.
    The changes will not take place until you log off.


  • Open your registry and find the key HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colors
  • Modify the value named ‘Background’ according to the color you would like in RGB (Red/Green/Blue) format. For example, “0 0 0” for black or “255 255 255” for white, and every other color in between.
  • Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

User Key: [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colors]
Value Name: Background
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)
Value Data: 0 0 0 – 255 255 255


Get this little tool to change Logon Screen Background Color

This tiny utility provides you the option to choose a color from the Color Picker dialog and can reset the logon Wallpaper if you want. Choose your preferred Color and click Apply Background color. Remove Logon Screen wallpaper option clears the logon wallpaper.

Download (6KB Zip)


One Review

  1. Tune Up says:

    Great tips for customizing Windows XP! These days, more and more people are finding joy in customizing their systems and there are so many ways to do it. For instance, how do you feel about customizing your boot screen? Using the tricks you posted here, you can pretty much start your computer and see everything customized from boot-up to login. I can really spot a trend here, isn’t it a better idea to deliver the operating systems without the standard backgrounds and boot screen? Maybe it’s a better way to market operating systems, especially with a competitor like Apple. What is your opinion? You can find my tips and tricks over here—