Changing Login screen background in Windows 2000?


Junior Member
Feb 16, 2005
At work, our network consists of computers mainly running Windows 2000 and Windows XP. Myself and most my coworkers are on Windows 2000 machines. Even though we each use our own computer, because of the nature of our business we are required to lock computers and log off of them when we are done for the day. We all feel the need to customize things, and one of the questions that came up was whether or not the actual login screen's wallpaper could be customized as well. At this point, my computer will display my wallpaper when I lock the computer at times I have to step away, but when I login at the start of the day and log off at the end, it defaults to its Windows-blue blank screen.

I did some searching online and found references to opening up regedit and modifying the Wallpaper string under HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop; however, I tried this a number of times using images located in a documents folder on the local drive, as well as in the system32 directory under the WinNT folder. Everytime I logged off, it still greeted me with the same clean, blue screen. I believe I copied the location of the file over exactly and pasted it into the Wallpaper string, and it's on the physical hard drive of the machine and not a network drive, so for the life of me I cannot figure out how to make this work.

It's only a small request, but something that would bring entertainment to an office full of bored employees ;) so I would really appreciate any help on the matter.

Thank you!


Diamond Member
Oct 26, 1999
its free, up to version 1.0 now after tons of RCs...

it works perfectly on WXP and since 2k is a similar kernel it might work on there too!