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Lockscreen Photo Location

  1. #1


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    Windows 8 64-bit

    Lockscreen Photo Location


    I set a lockscreen picture as a picture that I took, but it is no longer located on my computer (A friend thought it would be funny to delete it completely). I was wondering if the photo that I uploaded would be in a folder somewhere, or maybe on my windows account. I am running windows 8 64-bit

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello SD, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You might see if you may be able to use the free program Recuva to try and recover the deleted file from the folder it was deleted from.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello SD, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You might see if you may be able to use the free program Recuva to try and recover the deleted file from the folder it was deleted from.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

    Well the photo was deleted off a camera
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  4. #4


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Normally when you select a custom lock screen background, you would choose an image saved on your PC for it to always work.

    You could connect the camera or it's memory card to the PC to scan it with Recuva to see if it may still be able to recover it.
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  5. #5


    I am pretty sure this is where it would be located, at least it is located here on my system.

    C:\Windows\Web\Screen
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  6. #6


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Xunile,

    That is the folder location of the default lock screen images. However, since SD used a custom image, it would normally be located where it was selected from instead.

    SD, you might check in your Pictures library to see if it may have been imported there from the camera.
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  7. #7


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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    You could search the C:\ drive.

    If it was .jpg use *.jpg in the search text-area.

    or

    *.png

    *.bmp

    *.gif

    Whatever format it was.
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  8. #8


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Xunile,

    That is the folder location of the default lock screen images. However, since SD used a custom image, it would normally be located where it was selected from instead.

    SD, you might check in your Pictures library to see if it may have been imported there from the camera.
    Hello Brink ,

    If he still has the image as his lock screen wouldn't it have been saved at another location other than it's original place.
    I might be misinterpreting his question, is the picture still used as his lock screen and he just wants to be able to do other things with the picture or was it deleted from his PC and isn't being used currently for his lock screen. I thought that maybe it cached the image once it was chosen as the lock screen background.
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  9. #9


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Usually, it will only reference the location of the actual image where it was selected from in the registry. If the image is removed from the location, I would think that it may no longer display on the lock screen.

    I'm assuming that the image SD wants is no longer displaying.
    Last edited by Brink; 18 Aug 2013 at 23:27. Reason: correction
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  10. #10


    I just recreated his scenario. I used a photo from my pictures folder as the lock screen background. I then deleted the photo from my pc. I went back to the lock screen and the image was still the lock screen background. I do think that Windows 8 caches the image by I don't know where yet.
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