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How do I change the multiple user default screen?

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1

    How do I change the multiple user default screen?


    I purchased a new laptop, and was using it with only one account. I had a custom lock screen. However, on making another account, the lock screen became a default swirling image. I do not know how to change that. I attempted the following solution:

    Here's how to change the sign out screen:



    1. go to folder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows
      Right click on SystemData ->Properies->Security->Advanced->Change
    2. Enter your user name (You must be in Administrators group), then click on Check Names->OK
    3. Place a tick on "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects", click Apply ->OK, Yes->OK->OK->OK



    Go to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\SystemData\S-1-5-18\ReadOnly\LockScreen_Z

    You will see 2 images of the Seattle Space needle in this folder, To view these 2 images.


    1. Right click on it->Properties->Securities->Edit->Add
    2. Enter your user name, Click on Check Names->OK->OK->OK



    Replace these 2 images with whatever images you want, make sure they have the same names and resolution as shown
    in LockScreen_Z.

    IMPORTANT: After swapping the images, Right click on image->Properties->Securities->EditMake sure SYSTEM is in the user list with permission shown below:
    (If SYSTEM is not in the list, you have to add it to the list using the 2 steps above)


    1. Read&Execute
    2. Read



    Sign out, you should see the new Image.


    However, it did not work for me. In the LockScreen_Z folder, there was a different image. I was also unable to delete that, as it said I did not have the permission. When I purchased the laptop, I had it set up in the store itself. They misspelled my name. I then synced my account to my Microsoft account, so it was resolved. Apparently, when changing the permissions, my local account was referenced. How can I solve this?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Rahul, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You might see if the tutorial below may be able to help. OPTION ONE is the easiest way.

    Lock Screen Default Background Image - Change in Windows 8
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks a lot.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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