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  1.    04 Aug 2016 #1

    How To Change Sign-in/Login Screen Background Picture In Windows 10


    I'm pretty sure I'm overlooking something really simple, but how do you change the Sign-in/Login Screen picture in Windows 10 Anniversary Update?

    This is the sign-in page I get when I boot the PC (it automatically signs in, as I use Bitlocker password instead):

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    These are the settings I have set in Settings > Personalisation > Lockscreen. I have the Lock Screen set to 'Picture', and 'Show lock screen background picture on sign-in screen' set to 'On', but Windows still uses it's own photo (the beach pic).

    Is there another setting I'm overlooking?

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  2. Joined : Oct 2014
    Hartselle
    Posts : 219
    Windows 10 Pro 14393.479
       04 Aug 2016 #2

    Do you realize that there are two different lock screens? Check out this tutorial as Shawn Brink explains this much better than I can.

    Lock Screen Background - Change in Windows 10
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  3.    04 Aug 2016 #3

    Thank you for the reply. Yeah I read that, however we are now on 14393.10 since the Anniversary Update, therefore if I understand it correctly, there should be just a single background.

    From the link:
    Previously on PC, there were two separate backgrounds for the Lock screen and then the logon screen. Starting in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14279, Microsoft is merging the experience so there is just a single background your Lock screen background.

    This is similar to the behavior seen on mobile. If you have a custom Lock screen background set, you will see your Lock screen background is now used for both the Lock screen and logon screen.
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  4. Joined : Oct 2014
    Hartselle
    Posts : 219
    Windows 10 Pro 14393.479
       04 Aug 2016 #4

    ARC1020 said: View Post
    Thank you for the reply. Yeah I read that, however we are now on 14393.10 since the Anniversary Update, therefore if I understand it correctly, there should be just a single background.

    From the link:
    Yes the lock screen background and the logon screen background can be made to match. However there are still two different lock screens. The default lock screen and the user lock screen. It took me a while to come to terms with this fact. You will see the default lock screen when you start, restart or logout and then log back into your computer. You will see the user lock screen (the one you choose in Settings) when you manually lock your computer for example Windows key + L or when returning from a sleep state.

    So log out and then log back into your computer. The lock screen you see will be the default lock screen. Now in Settings under Lock Screen>Picture choose your image and then press Windows key +L. The lock screen you see will be the user lock screen. To really see that there are truly two different lock screens set the Lock Screen setting to Spotlight and then press Windows key +L. Then log out and log back into your computer you will see the default lock screen not the Spotlight image on the lock screen.

    I know it is confusing and I have a hard time trying to explain it. Nevertheless there are two different locks screens. Believe me.
    Last edited by tracit99; 04 Aug 2016 at 08:11.
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  5.    04 Aug 2016 #5

    Ah, I never see all the various Lock Screens/Sign-in screens (thankfully). From boot it signs in automatically and when my computer sleeps it uses it's own (presumably Intel) power saving system, so I never see any Lock Screens/Sign-in screens when it sleeps either. Therefore the only one I ever see is the one between the Bitlocker screen and desktop when booting, which I didn't realise until you mentioned it is the Default Lock Screen, as opposed other Lock Screen, the User Lock Screen, which is completely separate. Wow...

    So, if I now understand correctly, this is how it should work:

    To change the User Lock Screen, you need to change it through the Settings App, as per the following tutorial:
    Lock Screen Background - Change in Windows 10

    To change the Default Lock Screen, you need to change it through Group Policy/Regedit, as per the following tutorial:
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3...dows-10-a.html

    Unfortunately, changing the Default Lock Screen through the 'Force a specific default lock screen image' Group Policy/Regedit setting, still doesn't show the Lock Screen I set and it continues to show the beach pic. I'm not entirely sure why it doesn't work though. I think I'll just leave it as it is, as it was more out of curiosity than anything.
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  6. Joined : Sep 2016
    Posts : 1
    Win 10 Pro 64bit
       22 Sep 2016 #6

    Sorry to revive this thread but I have the same exact issue and want to remove the beach picture from the Welcome screen. Has anyone managed to be able to eradicate it yet?

    I log in automatically (control userpasswords2) with a local account (non-Microsoft) and just want a blank colour of my choosing to appear on the Welcome screen rather than the beach picture. Does anyone know where Windows sources this picture from, because I changed the image at C:\Windows\Web\Screen\img100.jpg however the beach image still appears?
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  7. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 168
    Windows 10 Home
       22 Sep 2016 #7

    I have an issue where I can not change the Lockscreen/background on one of my PC's. For some reason it is grayed out and nor can I select picture/spotlight button. just the usual windows glitch that will be annoying as long as I think about it.
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  8. Joined : Oct 2016
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro
       18 Oct 2016 #8

    acmac said: View Post
    Sorry to revive this thread but I have the same exact issue and want to remove the beach picture from the Welcome screen. Has anyone managed to be able to eradicate it yet?

    I log in automatically (control userpasswords2) with a local account (non-Microsoft) and just want a blank colour of my choosing to appear on the Welcome screen rather than the beach picture. Does anyone know where Windows sources this picture from, because I changed the image at C:\Windows\Web\Screen\img100.jpg however the beach image still appears?
    Same situation on my HTPC : Automatic login, local account, "Login" screen configured for solid color background (configured with Settings), but "Beach" picture background forced on "Welcome" screen at PC startup (boot) or restart.
    Finally, this registry tweak fixed it for me :
    1. Run regedit.
    2. In Registry Editor, go to following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System
    3. In right-side pane, create new DWORD DisableLogonBackgroundImage and set its value to 1.
    4. Restart your computer and it'll remove the background image from login screen.
    (If you want to restore Login Screen background image in future, delete the DWORD DisableLogonBackgroundImage).

    Result : now solid color background on "Welcome" screen at PC startup or restart, as I wanted.

    Maybe you should try this out. Hopefully it works also for you (at least until the next Windows 10 "Feature" update ...).

    You can find more information on this regedit tweak in Sign-in Screen Background Image - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 How to Enable or Disable Sign-in Screen Background Image in Windows 10 (and also Google for "Disable Login Screen Background Image" to bring up additional info).

    This registry tweak worked for me on a PC with Windows 10 Pro 64bit - version 1607 - OS build 14393.321.

    Additional info : in my Settings > Personalisation > Lockscreen. I have the Lock Screen set to 'Picture', and 'Show lock screen background picture on sign-in screen' set to 'Off', but that did not solve the forced "Beach" picture thing.
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  9. Joined : Mar 2016
    Posts : 96
    Windows 10
       18 Oct 2016 #9

    O.k.....Can create new D WORD......but don't seem to be able to name it.....any help appreciated........Del.
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  10. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 16,588
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14986
       18 Oct 2016 #10

    Hello Del 80,

    If you like, the .reg files in the tutorial above/below can do it for you.

    Sign-in Screen Background Image - Enable or Disable in Windows 10
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