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How to change the startup screen when Windows 8.1 boots up

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1

    How to change the startup screen when Windows 8.1 boots up


    I am having issues with configuring the default screen that shows up when the computer first boots up after upgrading to Windows 8.1. With Windows 8. I had a custom screen that showed when the computer first boots up, no matter which user was logged in last. Now it is inconsistent and more often than not, does not show my custom screen. It shows the Rainbow Swirl default screen for Windows 8.1 most of the time. How can I change it and make it consistently "stick". Thanks in advance for your assistance.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello AviatorDuck, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    In Windows 8 and 8.1 there are two "Lock" screens.

    • The user lock screen is the one that displays when a user locks the PC while still signed in to Windows. Each user is able to change their lock screen background image to an image of their choice.
    • The default Lock screen image is the one that displays when there are no users currently signed in to Windows.


    The tutorial below can help show you how to change the default lock screen to what you like.

    Lock Screen Default Background Image - Change in Windows 8
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