Download and run the same 32-bit or 64-bit version of the Lock Screen Customizer
program by WinAero below for your 32-bit or 64-bit
Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.
Do step 3 or 4
below for what you would like to do.
3. To Change Default Lock Screen Background Image
4. To Restore the Default Lock Screen Background Image
A) Click/tap on the Change background image link under "Default Lock Screen Appearance", select the .jpg image you want to use, click/tap on Open, and go to step 5.
A) Click/tap on the Restore default image link under "Default Lock Screen Appearance", and go to step 5.
When finished, you can close the Lock Screen Customizer program.
How to change the background image of the default Lock Screen and the login screen | Winaero
Copy and paste the folder location below into the address bar of File Explorer
, and press Enter.
First you will need to change the owner
of the SystemData
folder in the location above to be your user account's name
The steps below will help show you how to along with OPTION FOUR in the tutorial link below.
It is important that these steps are followed completely and exactly, or this will not work.
C) (step 5 at link) At the top to the right of the current Owner, click/tap on the Change link.
D) (steps 7-10 at link) Select your user account name to be the owner.
E) (step 11-13 at link) Check the Replace owner of subcontainers and objects box, and click/tap on OK and Yes.
F) Click/tap on OK in "SystemData Properties" window. (see screenshot below step 2B above)
G) (step 2 at link) Right click or press and hold on the SystemData folder again, and click/tap on Properties.
H) Next, we need to add SYSTEM with "Full control" permissions.
The steps below will help show you how to along with OPTION TWO in the tutorial link below.
H-2) (step 8-A at link) Click/tap on the Add button. (see screenshot below)
H-3) (step 8-B at link) Type SYSTEM, and click/tap on OK.
H-4) (step 10 at link) Select (highlight) SYSTEM at the top, and check the Full control box under Allow. (see screenshot below step H-2 above)
J) Click/tap on the Advanced tab. (see screenshot below step H-1 above)
K) Check the Replace all child object permission entries with inheritable permission entries from this object box, and click/tap on OK and Yes.
L) Click/tap on OK in "SystemData Properties" window. (see screenshot below step H-1 above)
Open the SystemData
, and LockScreen_Z
folders, and delete the image file(s) inside the LockScreen_Z
folder so it will be empty. (see screenshot below)
This is the cache of the current default lock screen image. It needs to be cleared to be able to use the image you added at step # below.
In File Explorer
, go to the folder location below, and open the Screen
Change the owner
of the img100.jpg
file to be the Administrators
group, and set permissions
to have Full control
. (see screenshot below)
to anything you like (ex: image100X.jpg). (see screenshot below)
Copy a 1920 x 1200 .jpg
image you want as the default lock screen into the C:\Windows\Web\Screen
folder, and rename it to be image100.jpg
8. Sign out
all users on the PC to see the new default lock screen. (see screenshot below)