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

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.
 Could you find a way for this to work in Ubuntu?
<p>yeah /it works just convert the file</p>
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 <br><br> http://www.mp3car.com/road-runner/<br>
Whats all that stuff on ur desktop??
it is called windows vista
Or 7<br>
Which picture are you talking about?
The boxhead10.txt doesn't work. It just takes you to a website that never loads!?
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.
So...how would I fix it?
&nbsp;Write a new one.
don't forget bumptop<br /> it rulez<br />
&nbsp;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?
Wicked Faved
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.
Yeah, the boxhead10.txt doesn't work at all!
the vista home edition logon image is located at C:\Windows\System32\oobe and is called msoobe it is here for you....
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.
This is an amazing Instructable and really useful. I no have my computer just how I want it. I thank you greatly
I use kaspersky too. how do you take out the kaspersky logo in the logon screen?
No, but if you give me a week or two (when summer vacation starts) I can probably figure it our for you.
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?
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 extension.how can i open that.pls help me to change the apperence of the icon as which you did the step6.pls help me
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. . .
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.
Just how much is the Logon Studio program?
Logon studio is free. You can get it here (sorry link button would not work.)<br/> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.stardock.com/products/logonstudio/">http://www.stardock.com/products/logonstudio/</a><br/><br/>
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.
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.
i lost my tak bar and it wont come back even if i type explorer or exploer 2
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.
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.
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.
Never Give Up! I will try and post my explorer file and your can use it. Just a minute
It wont let me edit on Logon Vista
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.
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
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.
how do u make that FBI thing or watever where it asks u wat server u want to go on?
Im not sure what you mean by FBI thing and "what server do you want to go on." Could you elaborate .
i have windows vista so wer can i get logonstudio and how much is it
Im not sure if the is a logonstudio type program for vista, but if there was one it would be at Wincustomize.com
HOw can u put custom colors on you taskbar?? im trying to make it white.
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 <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.wincustomize.com">Wincustomize</a>. They allow you to change almost everything. <br/>
Thanks, i'll check them, out.
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 <a rel="nofollow" href="http://boxhead.seantcooper.com/.">http://boxhead.seantcooper.com/.</a> Have I done something wrong or is this site where the notepad document is?<br/><br/>I've probably just made a stupid mistake, so thanks for your help.<br/>
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.
Thank you so much, alfonso <sup>.</sup> you've helped immensely. It was probably my computer messing up, it does that sometimes.<br/><br/>Thanks again.<br/>

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