After having installed Windows Vista for a year, I got a little bored by the blue and green Aurora logon screen. Since I’m not particularly interesting in having outer space, sexy women, XP-inspired landscapes or some arbitrary corporate graphics as the background of the screen, I decided to make my own:
A blank screen.
It turns out that this is the best background in my opinion. Though very likely to be opposed by the marketing department for its lack of product identity, or to be criticized by the head of the graphic design department for being lazy, the black background seems to be the best transition between the computer turning on till the wallpaper shows up after logging on.
The black blends with the edge of the monitor screen, very much so the way the Vista design team decided that a maximized window should have a black edge.
I had also flashed my BIOS for a blank boot-up screen as well to match the whole experience.
To create a black Vista logon screen is easy. Simply go here to download a free copy of Logon Studio Vista, courtesy of Stardock. All you need to do next is to create a black bitmap in any size. Here I made it in 640×480 and saved as a PNG. The UI of the software is fairly simple, and that’s what makes you think that it is a safe process to customize your logon screen.