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LogonStudio

CNET Editors' review

Longing for some change in your life? Why not start with that boring old Windows XP logon screen? With the freeware LogonStudio, choosing another screen is a matter of two clicks. Alternately, you can design your own with a built-in editor.

The first option is a lot easier. About 30 cool screens are available on the WinCustomize site, and the program can randomly select one on every boot. Editing is less straightforward. You build or modify logon screens by tweaking parameters on a lengthy list of elements. So you might, for instance, change the FirstColor parameter of the Centre Panel element to a new shade of blue. This allows you to customize everything from background to letterings to buttons, but beginners will find the process quite confusing. The sketchy online help isn't much assistance, either.

LogonStudio is best for users familiar with programming languages such as Visual Basic, whose development tools use a similar interface.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.7 stars

    out of 157 votes

    • 5 star: 63
    • 4 star: 43
    • 3 star: 18
    • 2 star: 11
    • 1 star: 22
  • Current version:

    3.7 stars

    out of 47 votes

    • 5 star: 18
    • 4 star: 15
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 7
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  • 1.0 stars

    "3 logon screens after signing up from the stardock site"

    February 1, 2014  |   By refreshinglyhonest

    Version: LogonStudio 1.7

    Pros

    havent noticed one yet

    Cons

    3 boring screens to choose from and sn editor that asks for the authors website or no create? yea.. ok

    Summary

    dont waste your time.. why would anyone pay a subscription fee for websites with misleading links to their new guests. yawn... snore

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't Ever Stop Loving It"

    December 28, 2013  |   By quodelle

    Version: LogonStudio 1.7

    Pros

    I liked the program. I am trying to remove it to diagnose another problem I am having.

    Cons

    Impossible to get rid of this thing. I have researched this and tried several solutions (one from Stardock itself), but I still have it. It's not listed in the 'Add or remove programs list' under the control panel. I am using Windows XP SP 3. I will never use another Stardock product.

    Summary

    Nothing should be this difficult to remove! Back to research again.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very Good."

    November 29, 2013  |   By hl2dapper

    Version: LogonStudio 1.7

    Pros

    Efficiency.

    Cons

    None. ....

    Summary

    Very Good.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "FaceLift for the boring logon screen."

    April 28, 2013  |   By metalraven

    Version: LogonStudio 1.7

    Pros

    Allows user to change the look of the log-on screen. Allows use of not only the set images, but also gives user the ability to create their own.

    Cons

    None that I have found.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Doesn't work"

    September 24, 2012  |   By hines1957

    Version: LogonStudio 1.7

    Pros

    Installs fine
    Interface is pretty

    Cons

    Doesn't work

    Summary

    Selected a logon screen from the list provided, clicked "apply". Same old logon screen -- no change at all. Tried with several of the screens THEY provide; no change. Tried rebooting. No change. Windows XP SP3.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "ERROR, please help!"

    February 4, 2012  |   By Joe2496

    Version: LogonStudio 1.7

    Pros

    Nice software, does the job.

    Cons

    I have an error message (unhandled exception has occurred in a component of your application) that appears whenever I try to change my logon skin and I've tried almost everything to fix it (checked compatibility with firewall/ security program (McAfee), uninstalled and re-installed, etc.)

    Summary

    It's good software, but I need some help. If you can help, please reply and send me an email.

    Updated on Jul 6, 2012

    Well, somehow my issue fixed itself. Perhaps it was a system restore or a defrag...I'm really not sure, but it seems to be working fine for now.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "It takes the boring out of Windows pics."

    December 27, 2011  |   By guillo97

    Version: LogonStudio 1.7

    Pros

    Lots of great pics and booting up and logging on is not as standard as it is with Windows.

    Cons

    Thus it is a short program, it runs a little bit slow.

    Summary

    I will always use it to make my pc interesting to see from a distance.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I Love being able to change my logon screen"

    December 24, 2011  |   By Wolfpug

    Version: LogonStudio 1.7

    Pros

    I can change my logon screen to whatever pics I want. I can choose from the studio gallery or my own pics from my computer

    Cons

    No real cons that I have found..

    Summary

    It works great & is easy to use!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy! Easy! Easy!"

    December 21, 2011  |   By jjbrain

    Version: LogonStudio 1.7

    Pros

    Changing the logon screen is much easier than trying to do it using the "Windows 7 instructions" from Microsoft

    It is small and it is FREE!

    The window called "My logon screens" shows thumbnails of the various images available making it easy to choose one.

    There are images available for downloading.

    Cons

    Instructions are not the best. In fact they are pretty much non existent. Fortunately it is easy enough to figure out how the program works (it really is simple).

    Image choice is somewhat limited if you want to create your own (size and format)

    Summary

    This little program makes changing the logon screen really easy. It takes a bit of time and experimenting to get the hang of creating your own images (really just using your own photos and images). Once I got a "feel" for the program I had no problem getting it to work. The only real disappointment came when I found that some of the images I was hoping to use really did not work well as a background in the logon screen window (simple photos and images seem to work best). That being said the program is so easy to use that adding new images and photos to the possible choices is simple and quick. Try new pictures and if they don't work for you just delete them from the possible choices in the "My logon screens" window.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Lost without it"

    November 22, 2011  |   By dsw4rbrick

    Version: LogonStudio 1.7

    Pros

    Does what it says, unintrusive.

    Cons

    Confusing at first creating your own.

    Summary

    I'd be lost without this, it should be standard for Windows - the default logon screens are too bright and distracting. This does the charm, and it's free.

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