WS2008 logon screen background colour

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WS2008 logon screen background colour

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I haven't been able to find a way of changing the dirty dark green background colour on the Windows Server 2008 logon screen (the first one presented, which has "Windows Server 2008" at the bottom, and two large icons at the centre). The colour seems to be either RGB=29,95,122 or RGB=24,93,123.

The usual registry edit
  • navigate to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colors
    (alternative location, which overrides, HKLM\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon)
  • and change the contents of the Background value from (say) 29 95 122 to whatever your heart desires
doesn't seem to work (or requires a server reboot, which hasn't happened yet).

Does anyone know of a way to change this background colour? Thanks!
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Re: WS2008 logon screen background colour

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The following article for Windows 7 will probably apply to Windows 2008 too: Change Windows 7 logon screen background image.
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Thanks, Hans - I will 'check it out'. More complicated than changing three numbers in a registry key value, unfortunately...

Later... No, sadly this is one area where Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 differ. The indicated directories, files and registry keys do not exist in Windows Server 2008...
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John Gray wrote:The indicated directories, files and registry keys do not exist in Windows Server 2008...
Have you tried creating them?
If that doesn't work, I don't know whether it's possible at all without hacking operating system files (which I wouldn't recommend).
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No, there were too many differences (for example, the backgrounds appear as two files msoobe.jpg and msoobe_server.jpg in a lower-level directory, and registry keys are missing) so it would be safer to leave well alone. i don't mind changing three RGB values in the registry, but it all looks too much like hard work (and potentially dangerous!). The aim was simply to make a background less horribly-coloured, but you only see it for a few seconds while logging on.

Thanks for your efforts!
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John Gray wrote:No, there were too many differences (for example, the backgrounds appear as two files msoobe.jpg and msoobe_server.jpg in a lower-level directory, and registry keys are missing) so it would be safer to leave well alone. i don't mind changing three RGB values in the registry, but it all looks too much like hard work (and potentially dangerous!). The aim was simply to make a background less horribly-coloured, but you only see it for a few seconds while logging on.
Since Win7 & Server 2008 are very similar, see if Windows 7 to officially support logon UI background customization - Within Windows helps.

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Joe, that's basically the same information as in the link I posted higher up in this thread. I was not what John wanted.
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