Replace the Leopard's login screen background!!

Simply replace this file:



Then use Disk Utility and run "Repair Disk Permission" (Yeah...I'm too lazy to type in Terminal to fix that)


*Digg users: I'd had never expect this page will show up on digg front page!

(May be everyone hates the default Aurora.jpg and they want to change it! /sarcasm)


PS. This is a very little tip for Leopard users; could you guys stop mentioning other OS because this post does nothing with them? ;)

  • Joel Courtney PRO 8y

    @bryan: probably more "ironic" than "sarcastic" ;)

    Love the viewcount :)

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  • Stephen Daniel Karpik (SDK) 8y

    Very nice!
  • dusanmal 8y

    Good, but this leaves the style and other elements of the screen the same. How does one change those (in the manner good ol' Linux users have been able to do for years).?
  • mauvecalla 8y

    Thank you. For some reason I can't stand that aurora shot.
  • Dat Nguyen 8y

    Thanks, I appreciate it! My login is pretty and not Star Trek oriented now!
  • Derek Punsalan 8y

    And here I was wondering why the old trick of renaming the Aqua wallpaper in Library/Desktop Pictures wasn't working.
  • Bradd Roberson 8y

    Thanks for teh research ;^)

    I don't really care much for the default.
  • Stavrus 8y

    Where can I download the background image you used in the picture FHKE?

  • Brajeshwar Oinam 8y

    @Stavrus, it was around when Leopard was in beta. I have a copy of the Apple Leopard Wallpaper.
  • d4rknessfalls PRO 8y

    Been wondering how to do that. Good, timely tip. Thanks.
  • Ben Jacob is moving to flickr/benjacob 8y

    Wow that will be a nice Idea !
    Every people can now customize their login screen
  • James Young 8y

    Thank you, I'm not surprised by the lack of love for the default Space 1999 image, it really puts the pocket protector back in computer nerdness...
  • Alex Ogle 8y

    Thanks for the tip. Here is a pic of my start screens:
    Double Start Screen by a-k-o
  • RC 8y

    You can also add (as a string) DesktopPicture to com.apple.loginwindow.plist and add the path to the wallpaper you'd like to use.

  • qurt 8y

    As a Mac system administrator I may say it once again:

    It is not cool to change any files in the /System folder. These files belong to the system and should NEVER be changed!!!

    If you want to change the background of the login screen then the proper way to do so is by changing the appropriate preference.

    Open the terminal and enter the following command:
    sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow DesktopPicture “/Library/Desktop Pictures/Aqua Blue.jpg”

    where “/Library/Desktop Pictures/Aqua Blue.jpg” is the path to the picture you want to use.

    This and other options may also be changed using LoginWindow Manager.
  • FHKE 8y

    If you really want to tweak the UI deeply (such as the dock) you really have to change some System files. Just make sure you set the correct permission.
  • norther_of_heaven 8y

    Awesome, definitely doing that on my next Mac. : )

    NOw, i wonder how you go about doing this on Tiger..
  • Dig the Dupe 7y

    The default XP Themes is not better. So it's everytime the same.

    Seen on a rss agregator. (?)
  • travvy49423 6y

    @ qurt...

    Point one: The /system folder belongs to the system, but the system belongs to ME. I'll do what ever I wish to the system of the computer I own.

    Point two: The method you advise is simply not something a layman can easily figure out. Let's face it, most end users don't know what the terminal is. FHKE's method is much more straight-forward and simple.

    That said, I'm going to use qurt's method. I just didn't like the SysAdmin elitist attitude. :-P
  • Brian Williams 6y

    haha i used that exact one when i was choosing a different login haha small world
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