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Stardock LogonStudio 1.7

Change your Windows welcome screen with the minimum of fuss and hassle 

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License: Free, for personal-use only
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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512MB RAM, 1024x768 minimum display 

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 21 August 2010
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Developer: Stardock
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LogonStudio
Choose a different Welcome screen image with LogonStudio

Considering how customisable Windows is, you might feel cheated having to stare at the same old boring welcome screen that appears when you come to log on. Once upon a time changing this screen involved meddling with key system files, a recipe for disaster, but Stardock has ridden to the rescue with this handy tool that does all the hard work for you.
Once installed, you can switch to dozens of alternatives, including pre-installed Windows wallpapers. Don’t like what’s on offer, download your own from the internet, or better still, select your own image.

This image needs to be the same aspect ratio as your display – 16:9 for widescreen or 4:3 for a traditional monitor, so crop it using an image editor first if necessary. Save it in JPG, PNG or BMP format, then switch to LogonStudio and click Create followed by Browse to select it. If you’re using a widescreen display, ignore the slightly squashed look in the thumbnail preview window. Change the name if necessary and click Save.

Preview your new background by selecting it and clicking Apply. You’ll go to the switch user screen – log back on and either close the program, choose another or select Windows Default and click Apply again to return to your original settings.

Once complete, you can save or upload your creation to the WinCustomize website to share with others (make sure you own the copyright on the image before doing so).
 

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A quick, easy and safe way to change the Windows logon screen – what’s not to like? 

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This is the latest version of Windows - Fall Creators Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10? The latest release brings back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1607 which is the August 2016 Anniversary Update.

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