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    Change Lock Screen Background in Windows 10

    How to Change your Lock Screen Background in Windows 10
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    21 Mar 2017
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    How to Change your Lock Screen Background in Windows 10

    information   Information
    The lock screen is the screen you see at startup and when you lock the PC. You will need to dismiss the lock screen to be able to see the sign in screen and sign in to Windows.

    Your lock screen will display detailed and quick status of apps you choose. You can use Windows spotlight, a single picture, or a slideshow of images from added folders as your lock screen background.

    The default lock screen is the one that displays at startup when secure sign-in with Ctrl+Alt+Delete is enabled.

    The user lock screen is the one that you select the background image for your account in Settings, displays the last user lock screen at startup when secure sign-in with Ctrl+Alt+Delete is disabled, when a user locks the PC while signed in to Windows 10, and after the one minute idle timeout period when a user signs out of Windows 10.

    This tutorial will show you how to change your user lock screen background to use Windows spotlight, a picture, or slideshow of pictures for your user account in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    If you have enabled secure sign-in where users are required to press CTRL+ALT+DEL to unlock, then the lock screen at startup will only show the default picture, and would cause the slide show to not play on the lock screen for all users.

    If you turn on Show lock screen background picture on the sign-in screen, then you will need to make sure that you have Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing checked in your visual effects settings to prevent the lock screen background not displaying properly.


    Previously on PC, there were two separate backgrounds for the Lock screen and then the Sign-in 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 Sign-in screen by default.

    Tip   Tip
    The default lock screen background images included in Windows are located in the C:\Windows\Web\Screen folder.

    If you like, you can get free desktop backgrounds from Microsoft at the link below to use for your lock screen background.

    Desktop backgrounds - Microsoft Windows


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Change your Lock Screen Background Image in Settings
    • Option Two: To Change your Lock Screen Background Image in Photos app



    EXAMPLE: Lock screen in Windows 10
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    Change Lock Screen Background in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Change Lock Screen Background in Windows 10
    To Change your Lock Screen Background Image in Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Personalization icon.

    2. Do step 3 (Windows spotlight), step 4 (picture), or step 5 (slideshow) below for what you want as your lock screen background.


     3. To Use Windows Spotlight as your Lock Screen Background

    Note   Note
    Starting in Windows 10 Insider Preview build 10547, Windows spotlight is available in all editions.

    Windows spotlight is a feature that provides a service driven personalized stream of information on your lock screen for you.

    For example, Windows spotlight will display different backgrounds that you can select that you like or don't like to help train the service to show you images you like. You could also see and try previews of other Windows features and experiences to help let you know about them.


    The images for Windows Spotlight are stored in the folder below.

    %LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets

    The images will look like this below. Copy them to your desktop, and rename them to whatever.jpg to see the images.

    See: How to Find and Save Windows Spotlight Background Images in Windows 10

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    A) Click/tap on Lock screen on the left side, select Windows spotlight in the drop down menu under Background, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

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     4. To Use a Picture as your Lock Screen Background

    Note   Note
    This option is to select a single image to be your lock screen background.


    A) Click/tap on Lock screen on the left side, select Picture in the drop down menu under Background. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Turn on or off Get fun facts, tips, and more from Windows and Cortana on your lock screen (Windows mini-spotlight). (see screenshot below)

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    C) If you like, you can choose one of the five showing recent or default pictures. (see screenshot below)

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    D) If you like, you can click/tap on Browse (see screenshot above), then navigate to, select, and choose picture. (see screenshot below)

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    E) When finished, go to step 6 below.


     5. To Use a Slideshow as your Lock Screen Background

    Note   Note
    This option is to have a slideshow as your lock screen background that plays images from inside the folders you choose to add.

    The Windows Search service must be running and set to Automatic for the lock screen slideshow to work.


    A) Click/tap on Lock screen on the left side, select Slideshow in the drop down menu under Background. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Turn on or off Get fun facts, tips, and more from Windows and Cortana on your lock screen (Windows mini-spotlight). (see screenshot below)
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    C) If you would like to add a folder that contains images you want to use for your slideshow, click/tap on Add a folder, navigate to and select a folder (ex: OneDrive Pictures), then click/tap on Choose this folder. (see screenshots below)

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    D) If you would like to remove and added folder, click/tap on a folder (OneDrive Pictures), and click/tap on Remove. (see screenshot below)

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    E) Click/tap on the Advanced slideshow settings link. (see screenshot below step 5A)

    F) Turn on or off the settings you like, and select when to turn off screen after slide show has played. (see screenshot below)

    NOTE: These are the default settings in the screenshot below.

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    G) When finished, go to step 6 below.

    6. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.






    Change Lock Screen Background in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Change Lock Screen Background in Windows 10
    To Change your Lock Screen Background Image in Photos app

    1. Open an image that you want as your lock screen with the Photos app.

    2. Press the Ctrl+L keys.

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    3. Click/tap on the More Name:  more.png
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    That's it,
    Shawn


  1. NickTh's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit(Build 10122)
       29 Mar 2015 #1

    I bet your laptop is an Alienware, right ?
    Thanks for the tut, just tested it and it works quite good.
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  2. Cliff S's Avatar
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       29 Mar 2015 #2

    NickTh said: View Post
    I bet your laptop is an Alienware, right ?
    Thanks for the tut, just tested it and it works quite good.
    Or else he's an Asgard!
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  3. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15063
       29 Mar 2015 #3

    Asgard
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  4. HippsieGypsie's Avatar
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    Tower: W8.1 Pro; Windows Phone 8
       01 Apr 2015 #4

    There's also a new feature in the Store Photos app to use any pic for the Lock screen or for the tile. Right-click to bring up the editing bar and select "Set as". This is true in any OS using the Photos app..


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  5. Brink's Avatar
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       01 Apr 2015 #5

    HippsieGypsie said: View Post
    There's also a new feature in the Store Photos app to use any pic for the Lock screen or for the tile. Right-click to bring up the editing bar and select "Set as". This is true in any OS using the Photos app..


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    Thank you. Added as Option Two.
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  6. Ex_Brit's Avatar
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    Win 7 Ult + 2 x Win 10 Pro - all x64
       03 Aug 2015 #6

    Strange question, I upgraded 1 Win 7 and 1 Win 8.1 to 10 Pro. In one installation the lock screen seemed to come with some sample pictures. In the one I upgraded from 8.1 however, I can only use my own pictures, why is that I wonder?

    Now I should add, 1 was upgraded using MS MCT and the other using a newly created system DVD. Not sure if that has any bearing.
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  7. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15063
       03 Aug 2015 #7

    Hey Peter,

    I'm not sure why they vary either like that. However, you could copy the images from to the other into the C:\Windows\Web\Screen folder for the lock screen choices.
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  8. Ex_Brit's Avatar
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    Win 7 Ult + 2 x Win 10 Pro - all x64
       03 Aug 2015 #8

    Good idea....will do, thanks Shawn. I have a feeling the one that was updated from Win 7 somehow kept a few of the Win 7 fixes I may have done (there were so many I can't even remember what that may have been LOL).
    8.1 I didn't fiddle that much as I didn't like to use it anyway.
    For instance, it carried over my Quicklaunch toolbar which surprised me. I was fully prepared to redo that after the upgrade.
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  9. Ex_Brit's Avatar
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    Win 7 Ult + 2 x Win 10 Pro - all x64
       03 Aug 2015 #9

    OK, this is weird...that folder on both systems contains the same sample images. So why is it available on my L: (upgr from 7) and not my N: (upgr from 8.1) - the latter I was offered only the choice of my own pictures.
    How odd.
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