User account image at log-on

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  1. Posts : 122
    Win10 build 10525
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       #11

    Here's a snapshot as I do not know how to screencap before logon

    User account image at log-on-20210313_192738-1-.jpg
    Last edited by Brink; 13 Mar 2021 at 21:50. Reason: removed dupe
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  2. Posts : 17,832
    Windows 10
       #12

    You'll also need to Apply Default Account Picture to All Users in Windows 10 ...
    ... or, sign in with a local account..., or both!

    However, you'll always see something on the sign in screen..., unless of course, you disable the lock and sign in screens altogether and boot straight to the Desktop with a local account...

    User account image at log-on-1.png
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  3. Posts : 1,244
    Windows 10 Pro x64 21H2 (Build: 19044.1415)
       #13

    Here is what I would do if nothing works:

    Get some color picker, here is the one I use:
    ColorMania : Advanced Colorpicker

    pick up Windows accent color that you currently use then create logon image with that color ex: with gimp:
    GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program

    When you set it you should see nothing, additionally if you care create images of all sizes that are used as default by Windows with that color OR add alpha channel to your images which is probably similar to tutorial that Brink linked.
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  4. Posts : 1,806
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1 19043.1348
       #14

    kkorotev said:
    I do not know what "unblocked" means, but as the image appears transparent in my image editor, I suspect all is well with it.
    Windows 10: Account settings image is clean (although it could be a an opaque circle as the background is white.)
    Backing out of "Accounts", to the 1st "settings" Page, the header background is grey, so the white circle re-appears as if "transparency" was being overlooked or reversed by some other registry command?


    Hi Kevin,

    Have a look in the following folder for a user.png file,

    Code:
    %ProgramData%\Microsoft\User Account Pictures

    I renamed the existing user.png to 'user.png.bak' and saved Brink's blank file 'user-192.png' as user.png .


    I prefer to add .bak to backup files so that restoring the original file name/ext just requires removing the .bak and I don't have to record or remember the original file extension type.


    I found it necessary to include this change to the user.png file in order to remove the icon with both 1809 & 2004 versions.



    As an experiment, I renamed all of the .bmp & .png files in the above folder by adding a .bak extension. Logging off user or enabling the lock screen (win key + L) showed the lock screen with the white user icon.

    I then removed the .bak extension only on the blank user.png file and now there is no icon while logging off or manually locking the screen.

    So it would appear that deleting all of the bmp & png files in that folder will not kill the lock screen icon but replacing the user.png file with Brink's blank user-192.png will accomplish the task. At least on this PC using winver 2004.

    I hope this information will assist you Kevin. Please let us know if this sorts out your icon grief.
    Last edited by W10 Tweaker; 14 Mar 2021 at 13:06.
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  5. Posts : 122
    Win10 build 10525
    Thread Starter
       #15

    Thank-you all for your time and suggestions. I am going to approach this from a different angle.
    "If this image appears on my login screen, it must exist and can be found somewhere within Windows."
    Is that a true statement?

    User account image at log-on-user.png
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  6. Posts : 1,244
    Windows 10 Pro x64 21H2 (Build: 19044.1415)
       #16

    kkorotev said:
    "If this image appears on my login screen, it must exist and can be found somewhere within Windows."
    Is that a true statement?
    Yes, as you can see in tutorial Brink posted that location is in:
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures
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  7. Posts : 1,806
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1 19043.1348
       #17

    kkorotev said:
    Thank-you all for your time and suggestions. I am going to approach this from a different angle.
    "If this image appears on my login screen, it must exist and can be found somewhere within Windows."
    Is that a true statement?

    user-image pic


    I understand your approach, delete the file and it should be gone. You could try searching user*.bmp & .png and hopefully find them all. I know from experience that saving the blank user.png file works 100% for me.

    User account image at log-on-0314-user-bmp-loc.jpg



    I'd suggest using the portable version of 'Everything Search' by Void Tools. It's incredibly much faster than Windows Explorer.

    Downloads - voidtools
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  8. Posts : 122
    Win10 build 10525
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       #18

    Thank-you, W10 Tweaker. Although I have used the windows search function and found the image in many unexpected places, there is apparently another lurker. I will try you suggestion.
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  9. Posts : 1,806
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1 19043.1348
       #19

    kkorotev said:
    Thank-you, W10 Tweaker. Although I have used the windows search function and found the image in many unexpected places, there is apparently another lurker. I will try you suggestion.

    You're most welcome.

    I've learned to pick & choose my battles with Windows. I've tweaked many thing to arrive where I'm mostly satisfied, although I was much happier with 1809 than this 2004 version.

    Some battles are just not worth my time. It was so easy to change that user.png file and I'm done with the silly icon.

    Please keep us up to date if you locate more hidden bmp or png files that are responsible for the user icon.

    Then I can live vicariously through your efforts.
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  10. Posts : 122
    Win10 build 10525
    Thread Starter
       #20

    This program is crazy fast. Thanks for the suggestion.
    I need to be clear, I have tried Shawn's process multiple times. Something about my config must be faulty, so finding the image id my last resort. If I had a nickname, it would be "Tenacious".
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