Introduction: Customize Your Computer!

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This instructible shows how to customize your log-in screen, your taskbar, and your background. And make them look like the pictures below, or however you want them to.

Step 1: Windows Login Screen

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Before we start, you will need to download one of two programs I know of that can do this. They are either "LogonStudio" for Windows XP, "LogonStudio" for Windows Vista or [http://javascript:__doPostBack('ctl00$_ContentArea$_DownloadLink','') "Boot Skin"] for Windows XP.

Once you have one of these two programs you can either download already made "Skins" for your login screen, or you can make one yourself. If you want to just download one, then follow this link here for LogonStudio XP, here for LogonStudio Vista, or here for BootSkins. If you want to make your own, the easiest way to do it is to use LogonStudio.

Step 2: Making Your Own Login Screen

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To make your own login screen choose one of the default login screens in logonstudio. Click on the name of the login screen and then click edit. When the edit screen shows up, there are a few different things you can do. First look over at the right hand side of the window, there, you will see a bunch of options. Some of the options like "User / UserAccounts" let you edit where the input password boxes appear on the screen. Other options like "Panels / Top panel" allow you to edit the image that is shown in the top panel. By using the options like the Top Panel option, you can manipulate all of the images shown on the login screen until the screen is completely your own.

Step 3: Customizing Your Desktop

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This step is a little bit harder than the last step, but I will supply you with all of the necessary coding that you will need. First download the text file below. Once you have downloaded the file, open it up using notepad (you must use notepad or an equivalent, MS Word will not work because it adds extra coding onto the file.) Now click file--> saveAs and save the file as xxxxxxx.html (replace the xxxxxxxx with a file name of your choice. Now right click on your desktop and then click properties, scroll over to the desktop tab, choose the file that you just created in notepad and click Apply. You should now have "line Rider" and "Boxhead" on your background. If you want to change your background to have a different game or games in it then change the "<embed src="" line with <embed src="xxxxxxxxxx.swf where the xxxxxx is the URL of the game you want. I will show you how to find the URL in the next step.

Step 4: Downloading Flash Games/ Finding Their URLs

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This step doesn't require any external programs or downloads. First find the game you want to download. I will be using Shock Arcade as an example. Now, right click on the page and select view page source. Once the page source window has opened use control+F and then type swf. For Shock Arcade the code before the "swf" that I found was "displayFlash('" The part of this code that you want is the "" If you just want the URL for your desktop, then copy and paste it into the coding of your desktop file. If you want to download the game so that you can play it without an internet connection, copy and paste the URL into the address bar of your internet browser. Then go to file--> SaveAs and save the webpage. You will then be able to play that game without an internet connection by double clicking on its icon on your desktop.

Step 5: Start Button

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Warning: This step can mess up your computer if you do not do it right, please read through the entire step first before attempting. I am not responsible for any damage you might do to your computer.

I know there is already an instructible out there for this (I would include a link, but I couldn't find it) but I am going to post how to do this anyway. You will need to download Resource Hacker in order to do this. Once you have downloaded it open it up and go to file--> open. Open C:/WIndows/explorer. Now on the left hand side of the screen go to String Table and then the number "37" and then "1033". You will find that there are a couple of lines of code on the right side of the screen now. It should look like this:

578, "Start"
579, "There was an internal error and one of the windows you were using has been closed."
580, "Restrictions"
581, "This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator."
590, "Hiding your inactive notification icons..."
591, "To see the hidden icons, click this button."

On the first line where it says start, put anything you want between the quotes and it will show up on your start button. Just make sure you put something there because if you dont you will screw up your registry. (Thats Bad) Now click file-->SaveAs and save the new file as explorer2, this way if you mess something up you will still have a copy to go back to. Now for the hard part. Type control + R and then in the box that should show up type regedit. A screen should come up called registry editor. On the left hand side of the screen you want to go to H_key Local_Machine then Software then Microsoft then Windows NT then Current Version then Win Logon. Now there should be a bunch of text on the right hand side of the screen. Scroll down to shell and one of the names should be "Shell" with data called "explorer". Before you do this next step make sure you have read to the end of this page and completely understand how to do this. Right click on the shell row and select modify and type explorer 2.exe. Once you have done this you have to end the current process of explorer through Task Manager. Before you do this read through this to the end as this step will close your task bar your icons and everything else on the screen except for Task Manager. Once you have ended the "explorer" process click on the new task button on Task Manager. Now type in explorer2.exe into the new task text box. If you did everything right whatever you changed your start button to should be there. If something happened and you have no task bar or anything, then dont panic. All you have to do is go and end the explorer2 process and go to new task and start the original explorer process by typing explorer.exe into the new task text box.

Step 6: Another Way to Make a Cool Desktop

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Another way of making a cool desktop is through the use of a program called DesktopX This program allows you to add "Super Icons" and Widgets to your desktop. These widgets can do anything from play music to show your cpu consumption. The "Super Icons" are icons that can open many different things and can also be animated. You can make your own icons and widgets or just download them which is mainly what I do, from here I did make one icon however that I really like that opens up Instructibles for you. I've uploaded it here and you can download it if you like.


TyMan210 (author)2009-12-13

 Could you find a way for this to work in Ubuntu?

yeah /it works just convert the file

tinker234 (author)2011-12-09

could you tell me how to get rid of accounts i am trying to make a car computer using road runner as default for start up i found it here

wii maniac (author)2007-09-24

Whats all that stuff on ur desktop??

PX6DEVASTATER (author)wii maniac2007-09-26

it is called windows vista

GameNox (author)PX6DEVASTATER2011-05-13

Or 7

alfonso (author)wii maniac2007-09-24

Which picture are you talking about?

Xander da gr8 (author)2008-06-15

The boxhead10.txt doesn't work. It just takes you to a website that never loads!?

alfonso (author)Xander da gr82008-06-16

I dont think there is anything wrong with the file, because I used that exact file as my background for a long time with no problems. The problem probably has something to do with your computers settings.

Xander da gr8 (author)alfonso2008-06-18 would I fix it?

TyMan210 (author)Xander da gr82009-12-13

 Write a new one.

Gage987 (author)2009-11-12

don't forget bumptop
it rulez

ggiihh1 (author)2009-10-09

 i'm not sure if i missed. it but can you post a file for the cia login? if not, how did you make it?

QwertyuioLP (author)2008-09-27

Wicked Faved

ndwheels (author)2008-07-13

Thanks for telling me where to download a new bootskin. Could someone advise me on how to apply it? Thus far I just have a folder with picture in it.

livesteamfan (author)2008-07-12

Yeah, the boxhead10.txt doesn't work at all!

fwjs28 (author)2008-05-30

the vista home edition logon image is located at C:\Windows\System32\oobe and is called msoobe it is here for you....

alfonso (author)fwjs282008-05-31

Cool, so all someone would need to do is save this image as something else, and then save a different image as msoobe in that directory you said earlier. I don't have vista, so I cant actually do this though. Let me know if that works.

Sir-Jackington (author)2008-05-29

This is an amazing Instructable and really useful. I no have my computer just how I want it. I thank you greatly

__-_-_-__ (author)2008-05-15

I use kaspersky too. how do you take out the kaspersky logo in the logon screen?

alfonso (author)__-_-_-__2008-05-17

No, but if you give me a week or two (when summer vacation starts) I can probably figure it our for you.

speeddemon93 (author)2008-04-25

Help! I got line rider working on my desktop,even figured out how to adjust size, add game ect, but a while ago, it just stopped working. Now all I get are white boxes with the EXACT same html files I was using before. I even downloaded the one above to make sure I had not messed somthing up. I'm still just getting boxes. any ideas?

prem200888 (author)2008-04-11

ur idea is great...i downloaded some of the icon pack from the site u given. but it is all in the .ip extension and .dxtheme can i open that.pls help me to change the apperence of the icon as which you did the step6.pls help me

pseudalus (author)2008-04-06

I like the idea of this project but I've downloaded all 3 programs suggested to edit the logon screens and NONE of them have an EDIT mode! What's the deal? I can create, delete, save, or upload new screens but there's no way to edit anything as described. Neither right or left click shows any menu. I'm using Vista so maybe that was my first mistake. . .

alfonso (author)pseudalus2008-04-08

I do not have access to a windows vista computer (thankfully) to try out the edit feature, sorry, but I think you might be on your own on this one.

Heywasup (author)2008-04-05

Just how much is the Logon Studio program?

alfonso (author)Heywasup2008-04-08

Logon studio is free. You can get it here (sorry link button would not work.)

Heywasup (author)2008-03-30

I meant when it shows u wat user u want. The "Central Intelligence Agency" How do u customize it like that. Id love to trick my friends into thinking they might be arrested or watever. But i still dont have program.

alfonso (author)Heywasup2008-03-31

In order to make the CIA login screen, you will need to get the logon studio program. Once you have that program, you can download the CIA login screen and the program will do the rest for you. There are some links for where to get the stuff you need in step one.

brzmaniac (author)2007-10-28

i lost my tak bar and it wont come back even if i type explorer or exploer 2

brzmaniac (author)brzmaniac2007-10-28


alfonso (author)brzmaniac2007-10-28

In the control+alt+delete new task input, type explorer.exe (don't forget the .exe , it wont work without it.) If that doesnt work you need to make sure your "shell" file is configured to use the explorer file that you want, probably the one that you didn't edit (should be explorer.exe) Then do the control+alt+delete new task thing again. Hope this helps, good luck.

brzmaniac (author)alfonso2007-10-29

aw man its just not workin i guess i just screwed my computer up for good :(

Make sure you didn't just drag it to the side or top of the screen.

alfonso (author)brzmaniac2007-10-29

My explorer file is posted in on the start button step. Take that file and put it in your windows folder and set it to your explorer file in regedit. If you need to get to regedit go to control alt delete and type regedit into the new task input.

alfonso (author)brzmaniac2007-10-29

Never Give Up! I will try and post my explorer file and your can use it. Just a minute

HardCoreHacker (author)2008-03-28

It wont let me edit on Logon Vista

alfonso (author)HardCoreHacker2008-03-29

I don't have vista so unfortunately I don't know anything about logon vista. I would suggest looking on Google for a way to edit the vista version.

chrischavez (author)2008-03-24

how come is it that when i set up the boxhead10.txt as my background. i just get two white screen. i included an image of my desktop. could any one please help

alfonso (author)chrischavez2008-03-24

Well first of all, Im not sure if this is what you meant to say, but you need the .txt document to be saved as a .html document for it to work. The only other problem I can think of that would cause this is if you either do not have access to the internet, or your computer is not allowing the background to access the internet.

Heywasup (author)2008-03-21

how do u make that FBI thing or watever where it asks u wat server u want to go on?

alfonso (author)Heywasup2008-03-23

Im not sure what you mean by FBI thing and "what server do you want to go on." Could you elaborate .

Heywasup (author)2008-03-21

i have windows vista so wer can i get logonstudio and how much is it

alfonso (author)Heywasup2008-03-23

Im not sure if the is a logonstudio type program for vista, but if there was one it would be at

PureBreed (author)2008-02-27

HOw can u put custom colors on you taskbar?? im trying to make it white.

alfonso (author)PureBreed2008-02-27

As far as I know, you cant. There might be some way to do it, but I have never head of how. if you really want the different taskbar, you might like some of the skins over at Wincustomize. They allow you to change almost everything.

PureBreed (author)alfonso2008-02-29

Thanks, i'll check them, out.

MoreSo (author)2008-01-20

I don't know what I've done wrong, but when I click on boxhead10.txt it gives me a web page that has an image of the title screen of the game and it says Boxhead:The Zombie Wars. I can't find a notepad document anywhere, and when I click on the image it gives me a new window that is Have I done something wrong or is this site where the notepad document is?

I've probably just made a stupid mistake, so thanks for your help.

alfonso (author)MoreSo2008-01-20

I'm not sure why thats happening.. Just take the text that I will send you in a PM and save it as boxhead.html Then set that as your background.

MoreSo (author)alfonso2008-01-20

Thank you so much, alfonso . you've helped immensely. It was probably my computer messing up, it does that sometimes.

Thanks again.

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