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Creating Logon Screens

Many of the logon screens available on the Web are hacked versions of the logonui.exe file. A copy is made and then a tool like Resource Hacker (discussed in Appendix A) is used to point to an alternative graphic file. If hacking files makes you a little squeamish, there are alternatives for creating logon screens.

Software utilities do exist that can be used to create logon screens. Examples are ChameleonXP (do a search for “ChameleonXP” using your favorite web search engine to locate a download site for the software) and Stardock’s LogonStudio (which is freeware and can be downloaded from www.stardock.com). Because we have discussed a number of the utilities that make up the Stardock Object Desktop, let’s focus our discussion on LogonStudio, which creates logon skins in a special format that can then be applied by the Object Desktop’s Theme Manager utility.


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