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Change Login Backgrounds

Man, I'm in a customizable mood today.  Sigh.  I need a Mac just so I can cover all 3 bases.  For now, here's the only 2 I use.

Mint 12:
Code Sample:
  1. sudo gedit /etc/lightdm/unity-greeter.conf

Change the line that says "background" to a file location where your picture is.  I tried with a PNG, but it didn't work, so stick with JPG:
Code Sample:
  1. #background=/usr/share/backgrounds/linuxmint/default_background.jpg  //old background
  2. background=/home/sykohpath/Pictures/mikulogin.jpg
  3. logo=/usr/share/unity-greeter/logo.png

Logout-login, and you should see your background.  If it's a black screen, check your file location and letter casing.  I'm sure Image size doesn't matter - I'm using a 1920x1080; the default is 1920x1200, so I think as long as it's bigger than your screen, it'll fill it properly.


Windows is harder than Linux...nice!

Windows 7:

1) regedit

2) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, select Find

3) Search for OEMBackground

4) If the key doesn't exist, create DWORD with the name OEMBackground.  Change the value from 0 to 1

5) Open Explorer, and go to

6) Make a folder named "info", and in that folder, make "backgrounds"

7) Copy-paste your background in here, and rename it:

NOTE:  File size must be less than 245kb.

8) That's it! AMAZING.  Log off and you'll see it.

There's also programs that can "automatically" do this for you, but come on!  where is the fun in that?

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