Change Windows 7 Logon/Logoff Screensaver!

You probably have a custom screensaver, but did you also customize your logon/logoff screensaver? If not, here’s a short guide that will teach you how to do that.

Logon Screensaver for Windows 7

Logon Screensaver Registry Keys

Insert the following text into a notepad and save it as a reg file (don’t know how? click here)

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop]

When you save it as a reg file and double-click on it, it will automatically insert the value to enable the logon screensaver into the registry. However, you need to modify the path to your screensaver yourself C:\\Windows\\Sytem32\\Bubbles.scr. (Double-slashes are correct!)

Download Logon Screensaver Registry Keys (Settings: Bubbles Screensaver after 60 seconds)

Manual Installation

1. Step Open up the registry
2. Step Uncollapse HKEY_USERS/.DEFAULT/Control Panel/Desktop
3. Step Next, right-click in the right pane and click on New – String Value

New String Value: Registry Editor

4. Step Enter the name ScreenSaveActive
5. Step Double-click on ScreenSaveActive and change the value 0 to 1
6. Step Add another String Value with the name ScreensaveTimeOut
7. Step Double-click on ScreensaveTimeOut and enter a value in seconds after which the logon screensaver should appear!
8. Step Create yet another String Value with the name SCRNSAVE.EXE
9. Step As a value enter the path to your screensaver.

Should look like this:

Logon Screensaver Registry

Now, go to C:\Windows\System32 and find your OWN screensaver or use one of the Windows 7 system screensavers. Here are the paths to the default screensaver:

Bubbles C:\Windows\System32\Bubbles.scr
Mystify C:\Windows\System32\Mystify.scr
Ribbons C:\Windows\System32\Ribbons.scr
Blank C:\Windows\System32\scrnsav.scr
3D Text C:\Windows\System32\ssText3d.scr
Your Photos C:\Windows\System32\PhotoScreensaver.scr

Your own?

Matrix C:\Windows\System32\Matrix-whatever-the-name-is.scr

Published: Saturday, October 16th, 2010 Last Modified: October 16, 2010