I have a high-resolution laser mouse. To get a mouse pointer speed usable by mere mortals, I have to set the mouse pointer speed pretty low in the Mouse CP Applet. That's not a problem, of course.

The problem is that this setting, being for my account only, does not apply to the login screen. So every time I turn on the computer (or log out), I have to navigate ever so carefully to hit my login picture so I can enter the password and log in (and as of Windows 7, it seems I can no longer use the keyboard to select it either).

I assume that the settings that apply to the login screen are those associated with the All Users account template thingy (or maybe not?), but as I cannot log in to that "account", I cannot easily adjust the mouse settings. This might go for some other settings too, but can't actually think of any right now.

Anyway, does anyone know of a good trick? I'm prepared to hack the registry, if that's what it takes.

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Export your mouse settings from the Registry at

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse

Edit the .reg file and use Find and Replace to change HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\

HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Mouse

Run the .reg file to import the new settings.

  • Thanks, I'd thought it might be something like this, but you've helped with the Registry locations.
    – John
    Jul 26, 2015 at 19:08

Not the solution for your mouse woes, but ...

and as of Windows 7, it seems I can no longer use the keyboard to select it either

TAB and Arrows up/down to navigate and Enter to select works just fine in the welcome screen.


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