Default User Logon Picture to all users in Windows 7 and Vista

How about restricting users with a predefined user image in the logon window without having a chance to change it ? It is possible in Windows 7 and  Vista by setting group policy editor options. The name of the policy which should be edited is User Accounts in Group policy editor and it apply default user log on picture to all users. This policy setting allows an administrator to standardize the logon pictures for everyone on a system to the default image. Microsoft tells one application of this policy as it helps a company to standardize the logon picture.

If you enable this policy setting, the default logon picture will display for everybody on the system with no customization allowed. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, users will be able to customize their logon pictures.Before going to make this changes, it is important to know the location where Microsoft profile photos are stored. It is important to make sure the photo, which you are going to enforce to all users, is stored at that location.

Default User logon images stored at

Profile Login Picture is stored in the following folder with the name user.bmp .
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures

The default guest picture is stored at :
"C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures " in the name guest.bmp

If there is no such pictures exist, an empty frame is displayed in log on window.

Enable Default User Logon picture to all users

Follow the simple steps below to enable default logon picture to all Windows users in your computer.
  1. Click on Windows start logo

  2. On Search type gpedit.msc and press enter

    Now the group policy edit window will open. Navigate to the User Accounts which is under control panel.
    control profile photos

  3. The path is:

    Local computer policy > Computer configuration > Administrative Templates > Control panel > User Accounts

  4. We should double click on the user account and open the default user logon Picture configuration window.

    We should check enable button.

This feature is supported by Windows 7 and Windows Vista only. Once the settings is saved, you will see the effect from next reboot onwards. Most important beneficiaries of this feature are big companies. It can assure uniqueness among their staff while sign in to PCs. Now let us check some other cool Microsoft OS tweaks explained on CoreNetworkZ.

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Anonymous said...

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

Anonymous said...

Now how do you do this in a Domain GPO or via a domain login script?

Anonymous said...

any updates? on doing this in a corporate network?

Siju George said...

The above method is working in individual Windows 7 computers. If you need to change the login image for all Windows 7 computer sin a corporate network at once, you may use some third party tools which work with server. I will get back you with more details later.

Anonymous said...

This will not work when the GPO is set to not show previous logon... only way is to hack a .dll for now, which gets reset with updates, so maybe some SP in the future will address this.