HOW TO: Restore the Alienware 'Look and Feel' after a clean install of Windows

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  1. BatBoy

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    *This thread linked in AW General Info sticky*

    This comes up quite often in many threads. The process of restoring the OEM background used at Windows login (think Alienware Red Glyph Wallpaper) and the Alienware User Avatars is rather a simple a process. Since the process is scattered over several posts, I'm recapping it here... once you do this a couple of times, this process only takes a couple of mins.

    Lets get started :)

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    REQUIRED FILES:
    1. AW Wallpapers http://www.dell.com/support/drivers...?driverId=J9WF2&osCode=W764&fileId=2731095920
    (Grabbed from support.dell.com)

    2. Alienware User Pictures - see attached file at end of post
    (this is your avatar selection - user account picture)

    3. Alienware Red Glyph Wallpaper - see attached thumbnails below (backgrounddefault.jpg)
    (this is your login screen)


    HOW TO INSTALL:
    **For the below steps we need to show hidden directories. To do so, see this link: Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 7 or Vista - How-To Geek**

    Once you have downloaded/saved the required files and set hidden directories to be visible, we need to perform some tweaking and file moving. Lets start with the Red Glyph Wallpaper which will be used as your Windows Login Screen.

    Windows Login/Logoff Screen:
    1. Copy the Red Glyph Wallpaper to this location:
    C:\Windows\System32\oobe\info\backgrounds
    (If you do not have this directory, create it)

    2. Open REGEDIT from the Start Menu (yes, you can simply type REGEDIT in the search box to locate it).

    3. In REGEDIT, navigate to this key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background

    Within this key you will see a DWORD for OEMBACKGROUND. Doubleclick it and change the 0 to a 1. This will instruct Windows to use a custom background as the Login Screen. Remember, you can use just about any image for this. Just be sure the image/file name is: backgrounddefault

    4. Close REGEDIT - the change will automatically be saved.

    Thats it. Your system should now see the change and implement the Alienware Red Glyph background as your Login/Logoff Screen. There is no need to reboot - to test, hit WINDOWS KEY+L.

    Alienware User Pictures/Avatars
    1. Save the attached .zip archive to the desktop and extract it.

    2. Open this location on your system:

    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures\Default Pictures

    3. Go back to the archive you just unextracted and copy the *contents*, not the folder itself. Paste the contents (pictures) into the directory listed in Step 2 and close the window/directory.

    Thats it. Your system should now the additional user pictures and you can change them by going to the User Accounts control panel.

    Alienware Wallpapers
    Quite often, we see posts asking how to put the Alienware Wallpapers back onto the system after a clean install in order to have them show up when a user right clicks on the desktop and chooses Personalize---> Desktop Background. This is also a simple process -

    1. Extract the contents of the archive you downloaded from support.dell.com. This archive includes all of the Alienware wallpapers.

    2. Open the following directory on your C: drive -

    C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper\

    3. Create a directory titled "Alienware"

    4. Copy the contents of the wallpaper archive to this new directory.

    5. Go back and hide hidden folders and files or you will be stuck seeing a bunch of sensitive system files and directories. Again, the process can be found here.

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES/COOL ITEMS TO CHECK OUT:
    1. Hel20es's cool colorized AW login screens (other than RED)
    (http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m15x/509868-alienware-login-screen-those-who-lost.html)

    2. Evil's wallpaper thread
    (http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...stomization-themes-wallpaper-collections.html)

    3. Mr. Fox's Massive Alienware wallpaper collection
    (http://imgur.com/a/9IGJl#0)

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    Thats it folks... You now have the look and feel of the factory install restored. Questions, post away or PM me.

    Enjoy your systems!

    -BB

    --Edit 10/10/2014--
    See post #169 as well.
     

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    Nice, I'd rep ya again if it let me. ;)
     
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    No worries. Thanks Mandrake.

    For most of us, this stuff is an after thought. We still have new folks posting about this so I figured it'd be easier to place it all in one place. I'd love to see Dell issue an .exe which handles this all automatically - its easy enough to do so.
     
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    I rep'd 'im for yeh!

    Great post.
     
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    A simple batch with an unattended sysprep file would work as well. Probably afraid of people wiping out all their data accidentally.
     
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    Perfect +rep
     
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    I love this forum, thanks BB....+rep.
     
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    what about the boot screen after fresh install of windwos 7?
     
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    The boot screen? You mean the BIOS AlienHead? That is part of the BIOS and will always be there (unless you disable it of course ;)).

    If you mean the Alienware Login Screen of windows (where your windows username is) - then that is covered in the first part of post#1. (Windows Login/Logoff Screen)
     
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    These two links are not working. Do you have the valid links? Thank you
     
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