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    Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10

    How to Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10
    Published by Category: User Accounts
    01 May 2021
    Designer Media Ltd

    How to Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10


    When adding an account in Windows 10, the default account picture will be used as the account's picture by default until the user changes their account picture or when their Microsoft account picture syncs.

    This tutorial will show you how to change the default account picture used for new accounts in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to change the default account picture.



    Contents




    EXAMPLE: Locations where you will see the account picture
    Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10-sign-in_screen.jpg Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10-start_menu.jpg
    Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10-your_info-settings.png Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10-family_and_other_people-settings.png
    Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10-task_manager.png






    OPTION ONE

    To Change Default Account Picture


    1 Open the folder below in File Explorer (Win+E).

    %ProgramData%\Microsoft\User Account Pictures


    2 Rename the user.png, user-32.png, user-40.png, user-48.png, and user-192.png files to add .bak to the end of their file name extension as user.png.bak, user-32.png.bak, user-40.png.bak, user-48.png.bak, and user-192.png.bak. (see screenshots below)

    These .bak files will be your backup of the original default account picture.

    You will have to click/tap on Yes to approve after each file you rename.
    Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10-rename.png

    Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10-user_account_pictures-1.png Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10-new.png
    Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10-user_account_pictures-2.png

    3 Copy the PNG file you want to use as the default account picture into this folder, and rename it as user.png. Repeat this process until you have copied and renamed for the other user-32.png, user-40.png, user-48.png, and user-192.png files. (see screenshot below)

    If you like, here's the transparent 256x256 pixel PNG file I used in this example to download and use.
    Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10-user.png

    Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10-user_account_pictures-3.png

    4 Sometimes you may need to restart the computer to fully apply.






    OPTION TWO

    To Restore Default Account Picture


    1 Open the folder below in File Explorer (Win+E).

    %ProgramData%\Microsoft\User Account Pictures


    2 Select and delete your custom user.png, user-32.png, user-40.png, user-48.png, and user-192.png files added using Option One.

    Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10-user_account_pictures-3.png

    3 Rename the user.png.bak, user-32.png.bak, user-40.png.bak, user-48.png.bak, and user-192.png.bak files to remove .bak from the end of their file name extension as user.png, user-32.png, user-40.png, user-48.png, and user-192.png. (see screenshots below)

    You will have to click/tap on Yes to approve after each file you rename.
    Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10-rename.png

    If you lost your original user.png, user-32.png, user-40.png, user-48.png, and user-192.png files, then you can download a copy below to use to restore them.

    (Old default account picture files)
    Download

    (New default account picture files)
    Download

    Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10-user_account_pictures-2.png
    Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10-user_account_pictures-1.png Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10-new.png

    4 Sometimes you may need to restart the computer to fully apply.


    That's it,
    Shawn






  1. Posts : 20
    Win 10 Enterprise
       #1

    Hello,

    Need some advice in this regards. Currently on Win 10 1909 Ent.

    After replacing the files in "%ProgramData%\Microsoft\User Account Pictures" all icons are picked up except the larger user picture on the login screen:

    Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10-snag-0030.png

    It does show up in other places like when switching account etc:

    Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10-snag-0031.png

    I used the test PNG that you provided.

    Any suggestions are appreciated. Thank you



    ***

    Quick update: the picture does show up in the windows settings page , but not on the login screen when requesting to enter the password.

    Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10-snag-0032.png
    Last edited by zyraxes; 21 Feb 2020 at 11:38.
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 68,917
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Hello @zyraxes,

    I'm currently seeing the same thing in build 19569.

    I'll do some testing to see if I can find out what changed and what is now being referenced for the default account picture on the sign-in screen.
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 20
    Win 10 Enterprise
       #3

    Brink said:
    Hello @zyraxes,

    I'm currently seeing the same thing in build 19569.

    I'll do some testing to see if I can find out what changed and what is now being referenced for the default account picture on the sign-in screen.
    Thank you Brink.

    Here are additional findings:

    I applied the registry key from this tutorial:
    Apply Default Account Picture to All Users in Windows 10

    The image showed up!

    However I did not know which image is being used since there are 3 images large enough that can be used.

    So I modified the images for easy identification:

    Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10-snag-0036.png

    When I check the user settings it seems the expected user.png is used:

    Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10-snag-0035.png

    But it seems the image from the lock screen is the 192x192 png file:

    Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10-snag-0034.png

    Thoughts? I would assume this image should show up without the registry key and is not displaying due to new glitch of some kind?
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 68,917
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    @zyraxes,

    The sign-in screen does indeed use the "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures\user-192.png" file by default.

    It could be a bug, or some sort of new security measure blocking it. I don't see any reason so far why it stopped being used on the sign-in screen.
      My Computers


  5. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 1909
       #5

    Hi, Anyone know if its possible to update Picture login image (Image you see when you logon).
    My setup is : Domain Controller (Update photo with CodeTwo) --> GPO with script updating Workstation userprofile with AD Photo --> I see picture in setting, profile whrn i am login but i when i logoff ---> Image not updated and its just default grey avatar.

    I test to activate GPO "Apply the default account picture to all users", with it works but i i must update users files in "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures"

    Anyone can help to update all pictures with AD pictures via GPO

    I work on Windows 10 1909 (18363.657)

    thanks for reading
      My Computer


  6. Posts : 26,449
    Windows 11 Pro 22631.3447
       #6

    My user Account Picture used to show in All Settings and now it does not. It does show in my user account and my Login Screen but not in all settings?
      My Computer


  7. Posts : 68,917
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Josey Wales said:
    My user Account Picture used to show in All Settings and now it does not. It does show in my user account and my Login Screen but not in all settings?
    Hello Josey,

    Is this for default account picture you set like in this tutorial, or just one you selected for your account?

    Just to clarify, can you post a screenshot showing "All Settings"?
      My Computers


  8. Posts : 26,449
    Windows 11 Pro 22631.3447
       #8

    Brink said:
    Hello Josey,

    Is this for default account picture you set like in this tutorial, or just one you selected for your account?

    Just to clarify, can you post a screenshot showing "All Settings"?
    It is for an Image I chose, below is the All settings image, it used to show where the blue circle is.

    Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10-capture.png
      My Computer


  9. Posts : 68,917
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Josey Wales said:
    It is for an Image I chose, below is the All settings image, it used to show where the blue circle is.
    Ah, ok the Settings home page.

    The Settings header on the home page like below is still in A/B testing, so that would be why you don't see it yet.

    Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10-settings_header.jpg
      My Computers


 

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