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Lock Screen stays the same.

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    XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/ 8.1, Windows 10

    Lock Screen stays the same.


    Hi there. Recently upgraded to Windows 8.1. I have been experimenting with changing the Lock Screen. I know how to change it manually. The point is, I put the setting to 'Play slide show'. I even told the system to use a picture folder. Maybe I am misunderstanding. I was expecting the lock screen to be different each time. But no change. I even installed Lock Pic. But I noticed it's working with the actual windows settings. It just gives me a different choice of pictures. So what am I doing wrong?

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello gallicbear,

    In Windows 8 and 8.1 there are two "Lock" screens. One is set by the user that is displayed only when they are signed in. The other is the default Lock screen image that is displayed when there are no users signed in.

    The lock screen slide show only works on your lock screen when you are still signed in, and not the default one.
    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Thanks, Shawn. It behaves just as you said. Now I understand. I was mistaken in assuming that I'd be presented with a different pictures every time I log on or out. But you answered my question.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome.

    It would be nice to have a modern UI screen to set the same for the default lock screen though.
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  5. #5


    gallicbear- Shawn mentioned this in another thread. WinAero: Lock Screen Customizer for Windows 8.1 and Windows 8
    there are a couple videos
    Basically once you download ( the silver Download button near bottom of page) and install it, just
    1. click Change background image
    2. navigate to the image you want displayed on Default Lock Screen
    3. exit
    4. you can also change the color of Login Screen before exit


    it doesn't even take me 15 seconds now.
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    XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/ 8.1, Windows 10


    Thanks, pcRat, for the tip. Appreciated your contribution.
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