You log into Windows Vista and always get the same old, greenish blue screen, to select or type in your user name and password. Tired of it? So are we! Let’s bring a bit of color to the start and end of your typical, Windows Vista session. Continue reading to find out how you can get rid of the default logon and give it a bit more style in Part 3 of our “Styling Windows Vista” series.
Changing the logon screen
Going from the Windows Vista logon screen to a new image is very easy.
- Like the previous optical changes discussed on the TuneUp Blog, all you need is TuneUp Styler (part of TuneUp Utilities, which you can try for 15 days). Download and install the program. See the “Customize Windows” category? Click on “All functions”, and select “Change Windows appearance”.
- As soon as TuneUp Styler has started, click on “Logon screen”, and select “Add”. You can now go online and download a couple of nice-looking logon screens from TuneUp Online. Or select one of our personal favorites below.Tip: You could even go ahead and select a wallpaper such as the nice desktop backgrounds from Interfacelift or DeviantArt , and create your very own logon screen for Vista. Just click on “Create new”, go to “Search local drives” and select the wallpaper of your choice!
- TuneUp Styler automatically shows a preview of the logon screen. If you like it, hit “Apply”; if you’re not really into the new look, you can always go back by clicking on “Restore defaults” and then on “Apply” again. That’s it!
Our favorites: the top five logon screens
Here are five interesting designs from our very own TuneUp Logon gallery that we think you will love:
We have now taken you through the most important visual changes for Windows Vista. By now, you’ve learned how to replace the boot screen, the visual style and the logon screen. But, we’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to styling your operating system. Coming up, we’ll show you how to enhance optical effects and how to get the Windows 7 Taskbar for Vista.