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How to Change Lock Screen Clock Date Language in Windows 8 and 8.1


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In Windows 8 and 8.1 there are two "Lock" screens.

  • The user lock screen is the one that displays when a user locks the PC while still signed in to Windows, and when the user is selected on the sign in screen, times out, and returns to the lock screen. Each user is able to change their lock screen background image to an image of their choice.
  • The default Lock screen image is the one that displays when there are no users currently signed in to Windows or selected on the sign in screen.

This tutorial will show you how to change the date language of the clock on the lock screen for users without them having to change their display language in Windows 8 and 8.1.


EXAMPLE: Clock on Lock Screen

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Here's How:

1. If you have not already, enable the built-in elevated "Administrator" account.

2. Sign in (ex: switch user) to the built-in elevated Administrator account.

NOTE: We are using the built-in Administrator account to avoid having to mess with taking ownership and setting permissions of the registry keys below.

3. Press the +R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and click/tap on OK.

4. In Registry Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SystemProtectedUserData


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5. Expand open SystemProtectedUserData, and expand open the long S-1-5-21... subkey for the user account that you want to change their lock screen clock date language. (see screenshot above)


Tip   Tip
You can see what user account each S-1-5-21... subkey belongs to at the registry location below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

The Data for the ProfileImagePath value in the right pane of the selected S-1-5-21... subkey shows you the C:\Users\(user-name) user profile folder path to see what user account it belongs to.

For example: S-1-5-21-2398252893-3971982811-3240108950-1001 = C:\Users\Shawn


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6. Under the long S-1-5-21... subkey for the user in the left pane, expand open AnyoneRead, and select LocaleInfo. (see screenshot below step 4)

7. In the right pane of LocaleInfo, double click on the Language string value to modify it. (see screenshot below step 4)

8. Type in the date language value data from the table below step 10 you want to display on the lock screen clock for the user, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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9. In the right pane of LocaleInfo, double click on the LocaleName string value to modify it. (see screenshot below step 4)

10. Type in the same date language value data from you entered in step 8 above, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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Note   Note
If your language is not listed in the table below, then please post a reply to request it.


Date Language Value Data for Registry
Dutch (Belgium) nl-BE
Dutch (Netherlands) nl-NL
English (Australia) en-AU
English (Canada) en-CA
English (United States) en-US
English (United Kingdom) en-UK
French (Canada) fr-CA
French (France) fr-FR
German de
Indonesian (Indonesia) id-ID
Italian (Italy) it-IT
Japanese ja
Japanese (Japan) ja-JP
Russian ru
Russian (Russia) ru-RU
Spanish (United States) es-US
Spanish (Spain) es-ES
Swedish sv
Swedish (Finland) sv-FI
Swedish (Sweden) sv-SE
Thai (Thailand) th-TH
Welsh (United Kingdom) cy-GB


11. Repeat steps 5 to 10 for any other user account's long S-1-5-21... subkey that you want to change their lock screen clock date language.

12. When finished, close Registry Editor, and sign out of the built-in Administrator account from step 2.

13. To test, sign in to the user account (step 5) that you changed their lock screen clock date language, and lock ( + L) the computer to see the lock screen with the clock's new date language.

14. If you like, you can disable the built-in elevated "Administrator" account from step 1.



That's it,
Shawn