Win7 logon screen for a domain logon like xp

February 18, 2011 at 22:30:00
Specs: Windows 7 ent
I have a win7 ent pc joined to a domain that I want to have the same logon look like a win XP when joined to a domain. ie username and password. I cant seemed to get the Win7 machine to have that feature. All my machines are members of a domain that has win 2008 R2 as the PDC. Any directions or solutions as to what I should do will be most helpful.

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#1
February 19, 2011 at 13:08:31
As per my understading the logon screen which you see on windows xP is part of MSGINA.DLL (MS Graphical Identification and Authentication DLL).

Windows 7 does not use this method of logon, the logon screen which you see in windows 7 is called by logonui.exe and instead of msgina.dll it uses credential provider dll from window\system32 directory. So using XP style logon in 7 does not seems to be possible.

What exactly you are looking for from XP logon screen? By modifying some reg keys much of the xp logon features can be enabled in windows 7 logon as well

Subhash Chandra.


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#2
February 19, 2011 at 13:36:38
I just want to make some consistencies with log ons in my domain for the different OS that I have. Could direct me to the reg keys that I need to change to enable this on the machine. Another question is that, are there any policies within my DC that I can enable to target my win7 machines? Thanks again

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#3
February 19, 2011 at 14:15:36
when you added the win7 PC machine to DC it should already give you option to login to domain. Other than login box you will see an icon for shutdown as well from where you can shutdown/reboot the system,


I am still not sure what you need on the logon screen which is currently not enabled.


Another question is that, are there any policies within my DC that I can enable to target my win7 machines: Yes, There are more than thousands policies on win2k8 R2 DC which is made for windows 7. My question is what you want to do ?

Subhash Chandra.


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