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problem changing windows 8.1 lock screen image

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    I found this: Cant Change Lock Screen Windows 8

    Try deleting that folder they're talking about, but leave it in your trash for possible return.
    Hello to all.
    This one worked for me, only that I did not delete that folder; I have just renamed it.
    Now to detail my case:
    1. System: Sony Vaio notebook bought with 7 installed on it. On first day of availability upgraded it to 8 Pro. Also upgraded to 8.1 Pro on first day it was released to general public.
    2. Problem: when accessing the Modern Control Panel, section PC and devices, the PC settings "app" would crash, the screen reverting to start screen. Taking the mouse cursor in the upper-left corner reveals the PC settings "app" as opened. Every other section in PC settings is accessible but one with PC and devices. After taking a deep breath I remember that the settings for Bluetooth are located in this section and try to reach at them by search button; what do you know, I`m in PC and devices section and see all the subsections there. OK. With great confidence I`m trying to access the Lock screen subsection (the one that I wanted to go to in the first place). Click on Lock screen and .... ups, crash again.
    3. Previous "dubious" actions of the computer user (a.k.a. myself): due to the fact that Video and Photo apps not showing the files in their respective libraries I messed up with said libraries. Moved them back and forth C and D drives several times. Note: the User`s folder was never moved from its original location. Not quite shure that these two are related.
    All in all, my problem is now solved.
    Many thanks too all writers on this forum; a very good place to find support.

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  2. #12


    Hello, Alexandru Mihai and welcome to Windows EightForums.

    Thank you for that information.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Alexandru Mihai View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    I found this: Cant Change Lock Screen Windows 8

    Try deleting that folder they're talking about, but leave it in your trash for possible return.
    Hello to all.
    This one worked for me, only that I did not delete that folder; I have just renamed it.
    Now to detail my case:
    1. System: Sony Vaio notebook bought with 7 installed on it. On first day of availability upgraded it to 8 Pro. Also upgraded to 8.1 Pro on first day it was released to general public.
    2. Problem: when accessing the Modern Control Panel, section PC and devices, the PC settings "app" would crash, the screen reverting to start screen. Taking the mouse cursor in the upper-left corner reveals the PC settings "app" as opened. Every other section in PC settings is accessible but one with PC and devices. After taking a deep breath I remember that the settings for Bluetooth are located in this section and try to reach at them by search button; what do you know, I`m in PC and devices section and see all the subsections there. OK. With great confidence I`m trying to access the Lock screen subsection (the one that I wanted to go to in the first place). Click on Lock screen and .... ups, crash again.
    3. Previous "dubious" actions of the computer user (a.k.a. myself): due to the fact that Video and Photo apps not showing the files in their respective libraries I messed up with said libraries. Moved them back and forth C and D drives several times. Note: the User`s folder was never moved from its original location. Not quite shure that these two are related.
    All in all, my problem is now solved.
    Many thanks too all writers on this forum; a very good place to find support.
    Thank you for sharing this! I tried renaming the folder, but still can't change the image. I did however learn that after renaming the system data folder and attempting to load a custom image for the lock screen, a new system data folder is generated with that custom image file shows up in the newly generated system data folder. So maybe windows 8.1 is somehow set to only use a default image file?

    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    You're welcome.

    Did you look in event viewer for any faults?

    Anything in your Action Center by any chance?
    I have not taken a look at these, but I will look into it thank you!
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  4. #14


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro


    Okay! I got it to work, sort of.... I found that if I select a custom image for the lock screen using pc settings, a folder called LockScreen_B is created in C:\programdata\microsoft\windows\systemdata\S-1-5-21-(really long number)\ReadOnly

    If I rename the folder Lockscreen_B to Lockscreen_A the custom image i selected in pc settings will finally show up on the lock screen! Really long work around, but just glad to see it finally working XD

    Lock Screen Default Background Image - Change in Windows 8

    and

    Lock Screen - Background Image - Change in Windows 8
    Last edited by Brink; 09 Feb 2014 at 17:53. Reason: added tutorial links for more info
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  5. #15


    Great to hear that it worked out for you too. This little problem bugged me the whole weekend.
    I was also prepared with the 8.1 ISO for a repair but it was not necessary.
    Best regards.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1

    Problem solved


    Hey... TheGasMaster438

    Here is a other way to deal with the problem I made this video too make it easy for everybody that have the problem check it out!!!

    Video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7yPnKTs_kg&feature=youtu.be
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