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Login (not lock) Screen Background


mbratch

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#1
What was Microsoft thinking when they not only made this login (not the lock) background image impossible for a user, using normal means, to change, but also stuck the user with the most hideous looking stock images (those cartoonish images of Seattle, etc)? I finally found different sites that gave elaborate instructions for changing the login background, which I did, but it was quite a messy process.
 

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Brink

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#2

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mbratch

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#3
Thanks Brink.

The first link is for the Start screen. I know where the setting for that is.
The second is the login background color. But there's also a screen that you get when you first boot the computer and it's waiting for you to login. That one has no easy method. What I found was that you have to dig deep into a Windows folder and change some jpg or png files. But to do that, you also have to change some default folder/file ownerships, etc. It's quite tedious. (See the solution post in this thread: http://www.eightforums.com/customization/15291-default-lock-screen-multiple-users.html)

I don't understand why MS didn't make it a user setting, and why the default is an ugly picture.
 

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topgundcp

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Yes, agree. It's messy...
I posted the solution and I don't even use it since I am the only person to use my PC with auto login so I don't see it unless I click on Sign Out
 

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Brink

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#5
Thanks Brink.

The first link is for the Start screen. I know where the setting for that is.
The second is the login background color. But there's also a screen that you get when you first boot the computer and it's waiting for you to login. That one has no easy method. What I found was that you have to dig deep into a Windows folder and change some jpg or png files. But to do that, you also have to change some default folder/file ownerships, etc. It's quite tedious. (See the solution post in this thread: http://www.eightforums.com/customization/15291-default-lock-screen-multiple-users.html)

I don't understand why MS didn't make it a user setting, and why the default is an ugly picture.
Ah, ok. That's what threw me off then since you said "not lock" when that's actually the default "lock" screen. :)
 

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rmeigs

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#6
What was Microsoft thinking when they not only made this login (not the lock) background image impossible for a user, using normal means, to change, but also stuck the user with the most hideous looking stock images (those cartoonish images of Seattle, etc)? I finally found different sites that gave elaborate instructions for changing the login background, which I did, but it was quite a messy process.
Don't you just do this from PC Settings? Sorry if I'm missing what you want to do, but the lock screen image takes just a couple of clicks to change -- at least on my PC.
 

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Brink

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#7

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    Custom self built
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    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
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    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    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

mbratch

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#8
What was Microsoft thinking when they not only made this login (not the lock) background image impossible for a user, using normal means, to change, but also stuck the user with the most hideous looking stock images (those cartoonish images of Seattle, etc)? I finally found different sites that gave elaborate instructions for changing the login background, which I did, but it was quite a messy process.
Don't you just do this from PC Settings? Sorry if I'm missing what you want to do, but the lock screen image takes just a couple of clicks to change -- at least on my PC.
No this is not the standard PC settings image. I changed that. And then I get what I set when the screen locks. However, there's another ugly image that still appears when you log out. This is not controllable from PC settings.

Brink, I might have my actual image subjects mixed up and maybe it wasn't the Seattle image I was thinking of. But the bottom line is there are at least two images: one for lock and one for logout. So the lock screen is associated with the logged in user and is, therefore, changeable from their PC settings. The other one is a system-wide screen, not associated with a particular user, and is not changeable from PC settings.

I provided the link to the instructions on how to change the one I wanted to change. These instructions are quite messy and yet seemingly necessary to make this change. To reiterate: I don't know why Microsoft (a) chose to make this difficult, and (b) chose default images to compel one (or at least some) so strongly to desire to change it. It's almost like a bad practical joke. ;)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 7 / Win 8
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Lenovo T510 / HP ProBook 4540S
    CPU
    Intel i5-510m / Intel i3-3110m
    Memory
    4GB / 8GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6"