Apply Default Account Picture to All Users in Windows 10  

    Apply Default Account Picture to All Users in Windows 10

    Apply Default Account Picture to All Users in Windows 10

    How to Apply Default Account Picture to All Users in Windows 10
    Published by Category: User Accounts
    18 Jul 2020
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Apply Default Account Picture to All Users 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.

    If you like, you can standardize the account pictures for all users on the PC to the default account picture, and prevent users from being able to change their account picture afterwards.

    This tutorial will show you how to apply a custom default account picture to all users and prevent them from being able to change their account picture in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to apply the default account picture for all users.

    If you enable this policy to apply a default account picture to all users, it will remove the Change account settings link from the user icon in the Start menu like below. You will still be able to access these settings via Settings > Accounts > Your info.
    Apply Default Account Picture to All Users in Windows 10-change_account_settings_in_start.jpg



    Contents

    • Option One: To Enable or Disable Apply Default Account Picture to All Users using Group Policy
    • Option Two: To Enable or Disable Apply Default Account Picture to All Users using a REG file



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






    OPTION ONE

    To Enable or Disable Apply Default Account Picture to All Users using Group Policy


    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\User Accounts

    Apply Default Account Picture to All Users in Windows 10-user_account_pictures_gpedit-1.png

    3 In the right pane of User Accounts in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Apply the default account picture to all users policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

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


    5 To Disable Apply Default Account Picture to All Users

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

    Not Configured is the default setting.


    6 To Enable Apply Default Account Picture to All Users

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

    B) If you like, change the default account picture to a custom image you want to be applied to all users.

    C) Go to step 7 below.

    Apply Default Account Picture to All Users in Windows 10-user_account_pictures_gpedit-2.png


    7 When finished, close the Local Group Policy Editor.

    8 Restart the computer to fully apply.






    OPTION TWO

    To Enable or Disable Apply Default Account Picture to All Users using a REG file


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

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

    UseDefaultTile DWORD

    0 or delete = Disable
    1 = Enable


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


    2 To Enable Apply Default Account Picture to All Users

    A) If you like, change the default account picture to a custom image you want to be applied to all users.

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

    Enable_apply_default_account_picture_to_all_users.reg

    Download


    3 To Disable Apply Default Account Picture to All Users

    This is the default setting.

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

    Disable_apply_default_account_picture_to_all_users.reg

    Download


    4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

    6 When 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.

    8 Restart the computer to fully apply.


    That's it,
    Shawn






  1. Posts : 5,877
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 22H2
       #1

    @Brink,

    I'm not sure if you're aware of this, but "enabling" Apply Default Account Picture to All Users costs your ability to "Change Account Settings" under your profile under Windows, Start. That is, clicking Start, and right clicking your account there, the option to "Change Account Settings" is gone. You just have Lock, and Sign out.

    You can however still access account settings via Start, Settings, Accounts. Windows 1909, build 18363.535

    Just FYI, for you (in case you didn't know) and others
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  2. Posts : 65,217
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Thank you Drew @sygnus21. I added this to the note at the top of the tutorial.
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 5,877
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 22H2
       #3

    Thanks Shawn, wasn't sure you knew about this. I know how good you are on your tutorials so...

    And thanks.

    BTW this issue came up because I had three images shown under my profile and wanted to delete the other two. That's how I found the issue; however it also didn't rid the other photos. I wound up using these procedures here - How to Set/Change/Remove User Account Picture on Windows 10 (Part 2, steps 1-4) since the default photo was still in my C:\Users\ <Username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\AccountPictures. All good after that. Only one image shows, and it's the one I'm using.

    Again, and FYI, and maybe an addition somewhere.

    Thanks.
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  4. Posts : 65,217
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    sygnus21 said:
    BTW this issue came up because I had three images shown under my profile and wanted to delete the other two. That's how I found the issue; however it also didn't rid the other photos. I wound up using these procedures here - How to Set/Change/Remove User Account Picture on Windows 10 (Part 2, steps 1-4) since the default photo was still in my C:\Users\ <Username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\AccountPictures. All good after that. Only one image shows, and it's the one I'm using.

    Again, and FYI, and maybe an addition somewhere.

    Thanks.
    Yep, that would be for this:

    Delete Account Picture History in Windows 10
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  5. Posts : 5,877
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 22H2
       #5

    I should have known

    If there's a tutorial to be had, you probably have it

    Thanks. Bookmarked!
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