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How do I enlarge my user account thumbnail?!

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How do I enlarge my user account thumbnail?!

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This may sound like a really stupid question but in Windows Vista Home Basic how in the world do I enlarge the tiny thumnail picture of my user account when it pops up on the welcome screen, etc.?  Can I even do this?  I have tried everything I can think of and searched the Windows Help/Support option extensively yet still can't manage to find a way to get that little box any bigger.  The tiny size of it is driving me crazy and I just can't manage to figure out a way to enlarge it like you can any of the icons on the desktop.  Please help!


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    I don't think it is possible to enlarge the default thumbnail images

    And the only way I can think of which *might* allow you to use a larger one, would be to select an image from pictures/photos stored on your computer?


    You can use most any image - albeit one not exceeding 128 x 128 pixels in size.

    I've just found this via Google:  How to Change a User Account Logon Display Picture in Vista (scroll down the page to find the actual 'how to') Idea


    "You can select to use any BMP, DIB, RLE, GIF, JPG, or PNG image file for the display picture.
    The image can only be up to 128 x 128 pixels in size to prevent it from being automatically cropped to fit the user display box.
    If it is bigger than this, just resize it - otherwise, your image may be cut off or not centered properly


    Accounts                                  Default Picture Location

    All - Picture Folder                 C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures\Default Pictures
    Standard - Administrator       C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures\user.bmp
    Guest                                     C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures\guest.bmp"

    From experience, I've found that:   “Beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder”!!


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