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Solved How to Change Picture on Startup Screen


ryguy7272

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I am trying to figure out how to change my picture on my Windows 8 startup screen. I looked at a few tutorials on how to do it; so far nothing has worked out for me.

Thanks everyone!!!
 

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I am trying to figure out how to change my picture on my Windows 8 startup screen. I looked at a few tutorials on how to do it; so far nothing has worked out for me.

Thanks everyone!!!
Do you mean the lock screen, boot screen, or the start screen?
 

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This is the screen that I see when I hit Start > Shutdown > Sleep, and then the computer comes back on after it's been in 'sleep' mode. I think it has to do with the Windows Live ID. I think there is supposed to be something like Personalize > Colors, background, lock screen, and your account picture. However, under Personalize, I see only only basic features; nothing asks me to change a picture here.


I've tried many different things to get this picture updated. It's a picture of me, from 10 years ago. Kinda nice, but definitely time for an update. I think this came from my Hotmail account. There doesn't seem to be any easy way to update this thing, but there has to be a way to do it!!
 

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This is the screen that I see when I hit Start > Shutdown > Sleep, and then the computer comes back on after it's been in 'sleep' mode. I think it has to do with the Windows Live ID. I think there is supposed to be something like Personalize > Colors, background, lock screen, and your account picture. However, under Personalize, I see only only basic features; nothing asks me to change a picture here.


I've tried many different things to get this picture updated. It's a picture of me, from 10 years ago. Kinda nice, but definitely time for an update. I think this came from my Hotmail account. There doesn't seem to be any easy way to update this thing, but there has to be a way to do it!!
Ooooo... you mean this:
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2749-user-account-picture-change-windows-8-a.html
 

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Thanks, MrShowdown. I actually saw that link before I posted my question. I downloaded an image from the web and placed it in BOTH folders. I rebooted my machine; I still get the old picture showing up. I think this is called the 'lock screen'. I used to have to enter a password to get past this screen; I disabled it because it was annoying. Anyway, I think this is the right process, but nevertheless, I still do NOT get the picture showing up. Any other ideas???

Thanks again!!!
 

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See my post #3. If not what you need, then show us a snip of what you are trying to replace.
 

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If I hit the Button > Shutdown > Sleep, the computer goes into sleep mode. I hit the power button to bring it back up. I see a maroon colored screen with a picture of me from 10 years ago. There certainly is NOT a tranquil mountain scene popping up, even though this is the jpeg that I put into this path:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures

I put the same mountain scene into this path:
C:\Users\Ryan\AppData\Local\Temp

However, it makes NO SENSE to put it into a Temp directory, which will (should) get purged when I clean all the garbage files off my computer when I run a couple Windows Cleaners that I have installed.

Finally, why do I have a Button? This is really Windows 8, but after struggling with the interface for a couple months, I caved in and installed a small utility that changed the interface to Windows 7 (cost $3). Working on Windows 8, it would literally take me hours and hours to do things that should only take a couple seconds on Windows 7. The underlying OS is definitely Win8; it only looks like Win7. None of this should have anything to do with the inability to change the picture. In fact, Win7 doesn't even have this annoying 'lock screen', thank goodness!!
 

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Thanks for jumping in, norepli. I go here:
Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Personalization\I see nothing at all about changing any picture. This is all I see:

3-21-2013 12-19-50 AM.png


I've been here dozens of times. I don't see any way to change the picture.

Windows 8 is totally NOT worth the hassle. I should have stayed with Windows 7. Ugh!!!

Anyway, thanks for trying to help me!!
 

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See my post #3. If not what you need, then show us a snip of what you are trying to replace.
Yes, a screenshot would be helpful as znod suggests.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2598-screenshots-files-upload-post-eight-forums.html

Get the screen in question onscreen
Press the Print Screen key.
Open Windows Paint.
Click Paste.
Click File & choose Save as.
Choose PNG from the options.
Choose Desktop as the location to save it to.
When you post it choose "Go Advanced" in the reply options.
Then upload it to here....

A picture

EDIT - I think Brink beat me to it.
 

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It is not clear as to what you are actually trying to do so please clarify:

Do you want to change the desktop background? If so, you are in the right place. Simply click on Desktop Backgrounds, browse for the folder that contains your new background picture, and click OK.

step1.jpg

Next, select the picture you want and click save.
step2.jpg

Now you have created an unsaved theme, so save and give it a unique name.
step3.jpg

You new theme (with personalized picture) should now be available and working.
step4.jpg
 

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Wow!! I finally got it working!! Thanks so much!! Windows 7 would have taken about 5 seconds to do this, and Windows 8 takes about 5 hours to do this.

I'll stick with SQL Server stuff, Visual Studio stuff, and MS Office development!! This creative stuff is NOT for me!!!!

Thanks everyone!!
 

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Hello ryguy7272,

Could you please share what you did to fix your problem and mark this thread as solved while you are here?

Thanks,

norepli
 

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Ah! Of course. I always do that over at the MSDN Discussion Forums. So the solution was as follows:

#1) I went to images.google.com > find a picture of a tremendous mountain > download image

#2) I jiggled the mouse around in the upper right hand side of the screen to get this tool:
image1.png

#3) I clicked Start, to get the Start Screen:
image2.png

#4) I clicked on the picture in the upper right hand side of the screen and then clicked 'Change account picture' then clicked 'Browse' . . navigated to the image and loaded the image.

Sorry for not posting the solutions sooner. I always do this on the MSDN Discussion Forums!!
 

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Glad to hear you got it sorted ryguy. Thank you for posting back with what worked for you. :)
 

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