Tweak your Windows 7 Logon UI “button set”

Back in March, I wrote about how you could easily customize the background of a Windows 7 logon screen. One problem you may have run into is that lighter wallpapers affect button and text readability. To overcome this issue, Microsoft added the ability to change the active “button set” to a couple of alternatives.

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Comparison of Windows 7 Logon UI “Button Sets” (from left to right: default, set one, set two)

To change your button set, simply jump to HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionAuthenticationLogonUI and add a DWORD value named ButtonSet. The supported integer values range from 0 to 2, with each value defined below.

  • 0 – Lighter text shadows, darker (more opaque) buttons (Windows default)
  • 1 – Darker text shadows, lighter (more translucent) buttons (for lighter backgrounds)
  • 2 – No text shadows, opaque buttons (for darker backgrounds)