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Change User Account picture in Windows 7 - Set any custom picture


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This post will help you to achive the simple trick in windows 7 i.e. to chage the user account picture in start menu, locked login screen and in control panel. coz everyone wants his or her PC/Laptop very very personalized. So better to start by keeping our own picture infront of our username.  Sounds good? lets start.....

To getting started we first need to create one .bmp image with some specified restriction by windows which are as follows :

  • Image must be of 128x128 size.
  • Image type must be .bmp (bitmap image) - not sure though but all default images are in .bmp only.
  • Image bit depth shoul be 24.

Now you may be in question from where to start to create a custom image, but do not worry, here are the steps :

  • First copy the current "user.bmp" from the location "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures" to the desktop or any place of your choice. (need to uncheck show hidden and show system files in "Folder and Search Options")
  • We have copied this image just to keep all above restrictions such as size,depth etc already available.
  • Then Copy your custom image on the of it using mspaint or any other image editor (keep the size same).
  • And just save the image.

Or you can resize your current image in mspaing at 128x128 and while saving you can save it as "24-bit Bitmap" in Save As > Other Formats.

Once you have your newly created image, follow the below steps :

  • Rename origional "user.bmp" image to another name (just for back up- not so required though) in  "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures".
  • Copy paste your newly created image in same location and rename it to "user.bmp".

Its Done! Just log off and log in to your PC/Laptop again and see the magic! :-)

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NOTE: All default user pictures are stored at "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures\Default Pictures". So you can add all newly created images here and can see them in wizard.



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