Using Kirjaudu to Change Windows 7’s Logon Screen

kirjaudu-logonThere’s a ton of talk out there about changing your logon screen manually, but many people – particularly those who are more tech-illiterate – would like a program that can magically do this with the click of a mouse. If you’re one of the latter group of people, someone from Finland appears to have been listening to your grievances. Now, you can use Kirjaudu (which means “logon” in Finnish) and click a large button on the application to change that old, boring logon screen into a beautiful background. There’s no crazy installation process, no adware obligations, and no insanely long processes involved in simply making the switch.

The majority of computer users would like to turn their Windows installations into something more personalized, much like how you can do it with certain Linux distributions. Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t really want people messing around with their graphic interface, and why code it into Windows when there are many third-party applications (some even free for download) that can do these things? We’re not exactly sure why Windows doesn’t let you do things like changing the Start button or logon screen on your computer.

Third-party applications simply suck, for lack of a better word, since most of them require you to pay and have very limited functionality in their trial versions. Some of them can even end up breaking your computer in ways you never thought possible. The free versions don’t quite cut it either, and sometimes you want to do something simple without installing an entire suite for it. The problem isn’t easy to address, and the alternative isn’t any better: You would have to change your logon screen manually.

Nobody likes to mess with the Windows registry. It’s just one huge hodgepodge of disasters waiting to happen, especially if you have no clue what you’re doing. A clever Finnish developer made an application that does it all for you, and you barely have to do any work to make it happen. Kirjuadu is available for download here. Not only is the application malware-free, but it’s also open source for those techies that want to make the world a better place. Once you download it, simply open the EXE. You should see a window like this:

kirjuadu-screen

That has to be the most oversimplified interface in the world. Yet, you can’t argue with the fact that almost anyone can use it. Once you push the button, it will take you to a browsing window, where you can select the file that you’d like to change your logon screen to.

Once done, you’ll see the interface show the picture you selected on the right-hand side. Click “Start” and the application will change the logon screen for you. Restart your computer to see results.

Please note: The developer of this application is not associated in any way to Make Tech Easier, and any bugs should be reported on the developer’s project page here.

Let us know what you feel about this program in the comments section!