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Lock Screen Slide Show - Turn On or Off in Windows 8.1

How to Turn On or Off the Lock Screen Slide Show in Windows 8.1


information   Information
Windows 8.1 introduces a new feature to be able to set your lock screen to play a dynamic slide show of shuffled images from your selected SkyDrive, local (This PC), library, homegroup, or network folders.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on and setup or turn off playing a slide show on your lock screen in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.

Note   Note
In Windows 8 and 8.1 there are two "Lock" screens. One is set by the user that is displayed only when they are signed in. The other is the default Lock screen image that is displayed when there are no users signed in.

The lock screen slide show will not play when there are no users signed in. For example, at startup.

Each user has their own specific lock screen. The lock screen that shows depends on the user the is signed in and locked the PC.

warning   Warning
Be sure to have the Windows Search service enabled and running.

EXAMPLE: Lock Screen
Lock_Screen-2.png





OPTION ONE
Turn On or Off Your Lock Screen Slide Show in PC settings

1. Open PC settings, and either click/tap on Lock screen on the right side or click/tap on PC & devices on the left side. (see screenshot below)​
Windows_8.1_Lock_Screen_Slde_Show-1.jpg
2. Click/tap on Lock screen on the left side of PC & devices, and do step 3 or 4 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below step 3A or 5A)​
3. To Turn Off Your Lock Screen Slide Show
NOTE: This is the default setting.​
A) On the right side under Slide show, move the Play a slide show on the lock screen slider to the left, and go to step 12 below. (see screenshot below)​
Windows_8.1_Lock_Screen_Slde_Show-2.jpg
4. To Turn On Your Lock Screen Slide Show
A) On the right side under Slide show, move the Play a slide show on the lock screen slider to the right.. (see screenshot below)​
Lock_Screen_Slide_Show_On.jpg
B) Continue on to do any one or all of steps 5 to 12 below.​
5. To Add a Folder to Use Pictures from to Display in Slide Show
NOTE: This setting will only be available if you did step 4.​
A) Under Use pictures from, click/tap on + Add a folder. (see screenshot below)​
Windows_8.1_Lock_Screen_Slde_Show-4.jpg
B) Navigate to and open a SkyDrive, local (This PC), library, homegroup, or network folder (ex: Wallpapers) that you want to use pictures (images) from to select it, and click/tap on Choose this folder. (see screenshot below)​
Note   Note
SkyDrive folders must be set to "Make offline" to be available (synced and copied) on your PC to be able to use with the lock screen slide show.
Windows_8.1_Lock_Screen_Slde_Show-5.jpg
Tip   Tip
How to Navigate:
Tip   Tip

A) Click/tap on This PC/Libraries to open a root folder to have it's subfolders open in the main window.​
B) Click/tap on a folder in the main window to open it's subfolders in the main window.​
C) During this, you can click/tap on Go up to go up one folder level in the main window.​
Windows_8.1_Navigate-1.jpgWindows_8.1_Navigate-2.jpg

C) Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)​
Windows_8.1_Lock_Screen_Slde_Show-5B.jpg
6. To Remove Folders to No Longer Use Pictures from in Slide Show
NOTE: This setting will only be available if you did step 4.​
A) Under Use pictures from, click/tap on an added folder (step 5), and click/tap on Remove. (see screenshot below)​
Windows_8.1_Lock_Screen_Slde_Show-6.jpg
7. To Turn On or Off to Include "Camera Roll" Folders from this PC and SkyDrive
NOTE: This setting will only be available if you did step 4.​
A) On the right side under Include Camera Roll folders from this PC and SkyDrive, move the slider to turn on or off. (see screenshot below)​
NOTE: This is turned off by default.​
Camera_Roll.jpg
8. To Turn On or Off Your Lock Screen Slide Show when on Battery Power
NOTE: This setting will only be available if you did step 4, and if your PC runs on a battery.​
A) On the right side, move the Play a slide show when using battery power slider to turn on or off. (see screenshot below)​
NOTE: This is turned off by default.​
Battery.jpg
9. To Turn On or Off to Only Use Pictures that Fit Best on Your Screen
NOTE: This setting will only be available if you did step 4. This setting will optimize photo selection by having Windows only use pictures that best fit on your screen from within the added folders (step 5 in the slide show.​
A) Under Only use the pictures that will fit best on my screen, move the slider to turn on or off. (see screenshot below)​
NOTE: This is turned on by default.​
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10. Turn On or Off to Show Lock Screen Instead of Turning Off Screen when PC is Inactive
Note   Note
This setting will only be available if you did step 4.
Note   Note

The amount of inactive time before turning off screen or showing lock screen can be set in the tutorial below.​

A) Under When my PC is inactive, show the lock screen instead of turning off the screen, move the slider to turn on or off. (see screenshot below)​
Show_Lock_Screen.jpg
11. To Set When to Turn Off Screen(s) after Slide Show has Played
NOTE: This setting will only be available if you did step 4.​
A) Under Turn off screen after slide show has played for, click/tap on the drop down menu, and click/tap on how long you want until your display screen(s) automatically turn off after the lock screen slide show has started playing. (see screenshot below)​
Windows_8.1_Lock_Screen_Slde_Show-9.jpg
12. When finished, you can close PC settings if you like.​







OPTION TWO
Turn On or Off Your Lock Screen Slide Show in Registry Editor


Note   Note
You will only be able to add or remove folders to use pictures from to play in the lock screen slide show in OPTION ONE in PC settings, and not from the registry.

1. Press the :winkey: + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and press Enter.​
2. If administrator, click/tap on Yes if prompted by UAC.​
3. In Registry Editor, navigate to the location below.​
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Lock Screen
Windows_8.1_Lock_Screen_Slide_Show_Registry.jpg

4. In the right pane of Lock Screen, double click/tap on the DWORD name listed in the table below that you want to modify it's data value setting for.​
Note   Note
If a DWORD name you want to set is not listed in the right pane of Lock Screen, then right click on an empty area in the right pane, click on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value, type in the DWORD name listed in the table below that you want to set, and press Enter.
Note   Note


Tip   Tip
The amount of inactive time before turning off screen or showing lock screen for the When my PC is inactive, show the lock screen instead of turning off the screen setting can be set in the tutorial below.


Setting

DWORD Name

Data Values

Play a slide show on the lock screen

SlideshowEnabled

0 = Off

1 = On

Include Camera Roll folders from this PC and SkyDrive

SlideshowIncludeCameraRoll

0 = Off

1 = On

Only use the pictures that will fit best on my screen

SlideshowOptimizePhotoSelection

0 = Off

1 = On

Play a slide show when using battery power

SlideshowEnabledOnBattery

0 = Off

1 = On

When my PC is inactive, show the lock screen instead of turning off the screen

SlideshowAutoLock

0 = Off

1 = On

Turn off screen after slide show has played for

SlideshowDuration

1800000 = 30 minutes

3600000 = 1 hour

10800000 = 3 hours

0 = Don't turn off


5. Select (dot) Decimal, type in a data value from the table above (step 4) for what you want to set it with, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)​
warning   Warning
If you wanted to enable the lock screen slide show, then be sure to set the SlideshowEnabled DWORD to 1 to turn on the lock screen slide show for the other settings to work.
Modify.jpg

6. When finished, you can close Registry Editor if you like.​




That's it,
Shawn


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I wouldn't have thought about the "Windows Search" service affecting this unless it somehow prevents Windows from seeing the contents in the added folders.
 

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I wouldn't have thought about the "Windows Search" service affecting this unless it somehow prevents Windows from seeing the contents in the added folders.

Yeah... Looks like several random features fail without an intelligible error when it's disabled. I had troubles before that turned out to be caused by windows search being disabled.
 

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Well, this didn't last long. I noticed the animations failing again.
Tried to check the settings but, the PC Settings app itself started to fail:
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Gotta love windows for breaking on its own...
 

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    Ryzen 5 1600
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    Asus Prime B350-PLUS
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    G.SKILL Trident Z 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3000MHz F4-3000C15D-16GTZB
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    nVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 (Asus ENGTS450)
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My Computer

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  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    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
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    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 3
    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

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