The default logon screen of Windows XP looks plain and boring and many users would like to change the background image and other elements of the logon screen to have a better looking interface. There is a sweet and easy way to replace the existing logon screen with a custom one by either downloading pre-made logons or creating one by yourself.
You do need the software Stardock Logon Studio which is available for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. This article concentrates on logons for Windows XP and a future article will do the same for Windows Vista.
Once installed you can already change the default logon screen with three default ones that ship with the software. The logon studio has an option to randomize the logon screen whenever Windows starts. I have collected nine beautiful logon screens that can be used with logon studio to change the default Windows XP logon screen.
You need to place the downloaded themes into the Logon Studio directory by creating a new folder in root for them. The default directory is C:\Program Files\WinCustomize\LogonStudio. Just create a new folder and move all of the contents of the downloaded themes into it. After that refresh the the list of available logons in the program itself and the new logon skins should be visible.
Once you have selected a suitable logon screen you click on Apply and Ok to set this logon screen as the default one for your operating system. Just click on an image to be taken to the download page of the logon screen. You can browse through more than 4000 logon screens at the wincustomize website.
Just click on any of the screenshots you see below to be taken to their profile page on the Win Customize website from where you can download them to your system.
Update: Logon Studio is fully compatible with newer versions of Windows as well. You can use it on all recent versions of Windows with the exception of Windows 8 at the time of writing the update (March 2013). The program is still available for free.
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