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How to Enable or Disable Changing Lock Screen Background in Windows 10

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By default in Windows 10, users are able to change their lock screen background image to Windows Spotlight, picture, or a slideshow as often as they like.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to change the lock screen background image for all users in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable changing the lock screen background.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Enable or Disable Changing Lock Screen Background Image using Group Policy
  • Option Two: To Enable or Disable Changing Lock Screen Background Image using a REG file


EXAMPLE: Lock Screen Background Settings Disabled
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Enable or Disable Changing Lock Screen Background in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Changing Lock Screen Background in Windows 10
To Enable or Disable Changing Lock Screen Background Image using Group Policy

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The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Two below.

1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization

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3. In the right pane of Personalization in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Prevent changing lock screen and logon image policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Enable Changing Lock Screen Background Image

A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.


 6. To Disable Changing Lock Screen Background Image

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






Enable or Disable Changing Lock Screen Background in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Changing Lock Screen Background in Windows 10
To Enable or Disable Changing Lock Screen Background Image using a REG file

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The .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization

NoChangingLockScreen DWORD

0 or delete = Enable
1 = Disable

1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Enable Changing Lock Screen Background Image

NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Enable_changing_lock_screen_background.reg

download


 3. To Disable Changing Lock Screen Background Image

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Disable_changing_lock_screen_background.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.


That's it,
Shawn