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Changing login screen background


MathGuy

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#1
Hi, I would like to change the picture that is shown after the computer starts or after a user logs out; the one you click on to get to the list of users and log in. I have two accounts on the computer, and in both of them I changed the "Lock Screen" picture to be the stock picture of the piano. When the computer first boots up it shows the piano and I log in, but if I sign out of the account to switch users the picture that is used in the splash screen reverts to the drawing of Seattle. How can I get it to permanently use the piano or for that matter any other picture besides the Seattle one when switching users?

Thanks in advance!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Gateway FX6840
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 860
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 5770
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    None

Brink

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mvp
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#2
Hello MathGuy, and welcome to Eight Forums.

In Windows 8 there is two "Lock" screens available. One used that is set by a user when they are signed in. The other is the default image used when there are no users signed in.

The only problem is that only Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise, or Windows Server 2012 are able to change the default Lock screen background for when there are no users signed in. :(

(Set by user)
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2639-lock-screen-background-image-change-windows-8-a.html

(Default when no users signed in)
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/14485-lock-screen-background-image-set-default-windows-8-a.html
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

MathGuy

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#3
The only problem is that only Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise, or Windows Server 2012 are able to change the default Lock screen background for when there are no users signed in. :(
I'm running Pro, but apparently you have to be part of a "domain group" (?) for the process outlined in the tutorial to have any effect. I set the "force specific lock screen image" and "prevent changing lock screen image" settings in gpedit.msc (which also changed the registry values that were mentioned in method two of your tutorial) but that didn't affect anything, which didn't really surprise me since it said "only applies if the computer is part of a domain" or something like that. I ended up just disabling the lock screen altogether (a setting I noticed when I was wallowing around in gpedit.msc), since the "when no users are logged in" was the only thing I was interested in. I never use the "lock" feature when I'm logged in. Thanks for your help!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Gateway FX6840
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 860
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 5770
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    None

Brink

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mvp
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#4
It should work whether your computer is part of a domain or not. You might see if restarting the PC after setting the policy may help. Be sure to have the image saved in a public folder so that there will not be any permission issues.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone