Windows: Create Custom User Account Pictures

Posted December 9, 2008 by Troy Newton in Windows

Replacing the default pictures with your own custom selection is very easy. The best pictures to use are basic and simple. Since they are small it is difficult to see details. A single flower is better than a field of flowers, a face is better than a crowd, etc. You should first backup the folder in case you want to restore it.After backing up you can delete any pictures that you don’t like.

There are two ways to do this. The automatic way is easiest, the manual way is better for resizing many files at once. Choose the best method for you.

Automatically Creating the Pictures
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1. Open “User Accounts” from ‘Start Menu–>Control Panel’.

2. Select an account and click “Change my picture”.

3. Click “Browse for more pictures” and double-click on a picture file.
   (The picture is automatically resized for you!)

4. Leave the ‘User Accounts’ window open, unless you’re done.

5. Open the user accounts picture folder, open the Run box and enter:
   %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\User Account Pictures\

6. Copy the file with the account name to the subfolder \Default Pictures\

7. Open the \Default Pictures\ folder and rename the copied file.

8. Repeat steps 3 to 7 until done.

Manually Creating the Pictures
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The pictures must meet these specifications:

  Size: no larger than 48 X 48

  You can keep the aspect ratio, just make sure that no size is
  larger than 48. For example, a picture sized 400 X 388 would be
  resized to 48 X 46.

  Type: 24-Bit Windows Bitmap (bmp)
Copy your custom files to this folder:

  C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\
  User Account Pictures\Default Pictures\
If you need a graphics program to resize your pictures you can use
one of these, both are top-of-the-line and totally free:

IrfanView
http://www.irfanview.com/

XnView
http://pagesperso-orange.fr/pierre.g/xnview/enhome.html

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