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is it possible to lock the desktop in Windows 7 and have it continue to display your desktop wallpaper rather than the default Win7 locked-workstation screen?

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Which wallpaper is "yours"? The last user who was interactively logged in? You want two users being able to fight for which of their wallpapers appears on the welcome screen? What if another user doesn't want to see your wallpaper? –  Ian Boyd Feb 27 '10 at 12:53
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Actually Windows 7 let you do that without any 3rd party software,

withinwindows have a great post on logon UI background customization.

Update: The link above has expired, here is one that is current: Log On Screen Change - Sevenforums

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Maybe an idea to copy the information into the answer, so that if this new link also dies in time, as long as Super User is still around, so is the information. –  user66001 Jul 31 '13 at 4:50
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@user66001 I think I'm going to do that later today as I found myself wanting to do this just now and having to head off-site was rather irksome. –  Grace Note Oct 16 '13 at 13:43
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Yes, you can. All you need is a small utility called Logon Changer from tweaks.com. It would allow you to change the logon/lock screen to whatever image you'd like. And you can even test it beforehand, to see where the mandatory buttons fit in.

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