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How to Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10

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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
Name:  Sign-in_screen.jpg
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Size:  53.8 KB Name:  Start_menu.jpg
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Name:  Your_info-Settings.png
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Size:  42.6 KB Name:  Family_and_other_people-Settings.png
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Name:  Task_Manager.png
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Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10
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)
Note   Note
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.
Name:  rename.png
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Size:  9.4 KB
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Name:	User_Account_Pictures-1.png 
Views:	39 
Size:	68.2 KB 
ID:	146356 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	User_Account_Pictures-2.png 
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Size:	66.3 KB 
ID:	146357

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)
Note   Note
If you like, here's the transparent 256x256 pixel PNG file I used in this example to download and use.
Name:  User.png
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Size:  17.2 KB
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Name:	User_Account_Pictures-3.png 
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Size:	82.7 KB 
ID:	146358

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






Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10
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.

Click image for larger version. 

Name:	User_Account_Pictures-3.png 
Views:	42 
Size:	82.7 KB 
ID:	146358

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)
Note   Note
You will have to click/tap on Yes to approve after each file you rename.
Name:  rename.png
Views: 881
Size:  9.4 KB
Tip   Tip
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.

download
Click image for larger version. 

Name:	User_Account_Pictures-2.png 
Views:	53 
Size:	66.3 KB 
ID:	146357 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	User_Account_Pictures-1.png 
Views:	39 
Size:	68.2 KB 
ID:	146356

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


That's it,
Shawn