TUTORIAL: Changing Windows XP Login Screen Text Entries !

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  1. Vishal Gupta

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    Guys!

    In this tutorial, I'll tell u about the files which contains the Text, which is displayed on XP Login Screen.

    Like, Welcome, Type your password, To begin, click your user name, etc.

    This tutorial is not for changing the Login screen look (like images, etc.) but for changing the Text of Login screen. :)

    So, You hv to edit following 2 files:

    LogonUI.exe
    Winlogon.exe


    LogonUI.exe file contains most of the Text entries of the login screen and Winlogon.exe file contains the text, which is displayed when u login/logout the windows, like Windows is shutting down..., etc.

    So first we'll edit LogonUI.exe file:

    1.) Open %windir%\System32\LogonUI.exe file in Resource Hacker and navigate to String Table section.
    2.) Here u'll find sub-directories, 1,2,3,4,7, in which only first 3 directories 1,2,3 r of our use.
    3.) Following r the locations of some interesting Text entries, which u will like to change:

    Type your password : String Table -> 1 -> 1033 -> 6
    Please type your password again. \nBe sure to use the correct uppercase and lowercase letters. : String Table -> 1 -> 1033 -> 8
    You can click the \"?\" button to see your password hint.\n\nPlease type your password again. \nBe sure to use the correct uppercase and lowercase letters. : String Table -> 1 -> 1033 -> 9
    Did you forget your password? : String Table -> 1 -> 1033 -> 10
    Turn off computer : String Table -> 1 -> 1033 -> 11 & 12
    Password Hint : String Table -> 1 -> 1033 -> 13
    To begin, click your user name : String Table -> 2 -> 1033 -> 22
    After you log on, you can add or change accounts.\nJust go to Control Panel and click User Accounts. : String Table -> 2 -> 1033 -> 25

    PS: "\n" is used to give line break. You can also use it in ur customized text. Also there r many other text entries, that u might like to change. :cool:

    Now its turn of Winlogon.exe file:

    1.) Open %windir%\System32\Winlogon.exe file in Resource Hacker and navigate to String Table section.
    2.) Here only 105, 106, 110 and 111 r of our use.
    3.) Actually String Table -> 106 -> 1033 is only of our use, but if u hv enabled "Extended Shutdown messages" option, then other sections (105, 110, 111) will be of our use.
    4.) In 106 section, 1682, 1684, 1687, 1690 and 1691 r the interesting ones. U can change their text with ur desired one. these entries contains the text, like Loading your personal settings..., Saving your settings..., Windows is starting up..., etc.

    Following is the text of mine String Table -> 106 -> 1033 section:

    Code:
    STRINGTABLE
    LANGUAGE LANG_ENGLISH, SUBLANG_ENGLISH_US
    {
    1680,     "Running logoff scripts..."
    1681,     "Running logon scripts..."
    1682,     "Please Wait..."
    1683,     "Closing network connections..."
    1684,     "3 2 1 ..."
    1685,     "Preparing to stand by..."
    1686,     "Preparing to Hibernate..."
    1687,     "3 2 ..."
    1688,     "Preparing to Stand By in order to complete eject..."
    1689,     "The Active Directory is rebuilding indices.  Please wait..."
    1690,     "Welcome Vishal Gupta..."
    1691,     "3 ..."
    }
    
    You can simply replace urs with the above code.
     
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  2. aditya.shevade

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    I will check thisout and tell ya later what I think of it.
     
  3. deepak.krishnan

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    Thanks for the tweak. Has any one tried it?
     
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    Vishal Gupta

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    I hv tested it! :D
    Following r a few screenshots of my Login screen:

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Look that How I hv changed the text, like when u click on HELP button, when u give wrong password, etc.
     
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    it look cool.Where can i get logon of xp.
     
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    cool info...
     
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    Lol
    nice text
     
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    gr8 logon screen vishal where can i get that logon screen
     
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    cool all links at one place....simply great
     
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    ^^ yep. I got this idea after lots of requests from members. They wanted all my tut in one thread, so I decided to put other tuts links in each tut. ;)
    Though I didnt include all other tuts links but similar tuts...
     
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    right !! as one fellow said all ur tuts shld be published in digit dvd in magazine !! it will reach out to many ppl then

    now am all set to show off my comp to my frnds big time !!
     
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    Vishal gr8 work man

    Vishal i hav searched a lot for a glassy logon screen but did not find the good one yaar.

    I ahv seen u'rs logon screen it is really awesome man

    vishal plzzzzzz give me its download link, yaar plzzzz
     
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    ^^ Sorry buddy but as u can see it was posted by me in 2006 and I hv left using XP now since a few months. So I don't hv this login screen now. But I promise If I come to know about this login screen anywhere, I'll let u know. :)
     
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    I'm having some problems with this, I'll go through edit everything, save it, andfollow the instructions to the letter, but after I close ResHacker all the files I just changed go back to the original texts, I can go back and open the exact file i edited and it all back its default self... whats going on x.X
     
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    Spam Reported........
     
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