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Customize Default User Account Picture in Windows 7

Posted July 2011 by Steve Sinchak

The default flower user picture is displayed for new accounts and on various logon screens throughout the OS.  Customizing this picture requires a simple file copy and doing so will allow you to personalize your PC or even display a corporate logo.

The default picture file is located in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures\ and is called user.bmp.

I recommend replacing the file with an image resized to 128 x 128 pixels and saveed as a 24-bit bitmap (.bmp) file for the best looking picture.

If you don’t have a good replacement you can snag one of the stock user account pictures from C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures\Default Pictures.

To create a backup, rename user.bmp to user2.bmp.  Then just copy your resized bitmap to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures.

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