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How to disable or change the text shadow on the logon screen in Windows 7

In Windows 7, it is possible to change the appearance of the user name and "Welcome" text that shows on the logon screen. This will also affect the security screen which appears when you press the CTRL + ALT + DEL shortcut keys on the keyboard. It can be done with a very simple registry tweak, which I would like to share with you. Read below to learn how it can be done.

This ability was designed to allow OEM manufacturers to change the look of the text overlaid on the logon background image. Since the background image on the logon screen is changeable in Windows 7, the text looks better without the shadow for some images, while a darker shadow makes the text more readable on other images. Only a few manufacturers are aware of this option. On most PCs, the defaults are in use.
To change how the text shadow looks, do the following:

  1. Open Registry Editor
  2. Go to the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI

    Tip: You can access any desired Registry key with one click.
    If you do not have such a Registry key, then just create it.

  3. Create a new DWORD value here in the right pane named ButtonSet and set it to:
    1, if you need to get a darker shadow than the default one, or
    2, to disable the shadow completely.
    A value of 0 means the default lighter shadow. When the ButtonSet value does not exist in the Registry, it is assumed to be 0.
    ButtonSet regidtry tweak
    See the screenshots below which I made of the security screen. It contains lots of text, so the text shadows are very noticeable.

Default look:
default shadow
Darker shadow:
darker shadow
No shadow:
no shadow
That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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