Customizing Windows is not always easy. But it never meant we can’t do it. Most of the customizations can be done use the inbuilt tool called regedit on almost all new Windows operating systems. In this article we will show how you can change the Windows System Lock screen and login screen.

Note: This applies for all Windows 8, 8.1 and 10.

Changing Windows System Lock Screen:

If all the users are currently logged out from a Windows 8 or later operating systems you will see a lock screen with a background image. This screen is called System lock screen considering it doesn’t belong to any user. So once you change it, it wil be changed for all the people who use the computer.

  1. For changing it type in “regedit” without quotes and enter on your start menu.
  2. If it asks for UAC confirmation, click on yes to continue.
  3. In the Registry Editor, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization.
  4. If you can’t see Personalization it is probably this key doesn’t exist yet. So you have to create it.
  5. You can do so by right clicking on Windows key  then select New > Key. Name the new key Personalization.
  6. Now click on the key Personalization and see if there is already a value called LockScreenImage.
  7. If it is not there, then right click any empty space on the right pane and select New > String Value and name it as LockScreenImage.
  8. Once you have LockScreenImage image on the right pane, right-click the string and select Modify. In the Value data field, edit the path to reflect the location and name of the new lock screen image. Click OK.
  9. Once you have done it, you will the changes have taken place already. You don’t have to reboot for the changes to take place.

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Changing Windows System Login Screen:

The screen on which it will display the various user accounts you can choose from to login is referred to as the System Login Screen. Unlike the System Lock Screen, in here you will only be able change the background color of the screen instead of images. So here is how you can do it.

  1. For changing it type in “regedit” without quotes and enter on your start menu.
  2. If it asks for UAC confirmation, click on yes to continue.
  3. In the Registry Editor, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent.
  4. Check if Accent has a DWORD value titled DefaultColorSet.
    • If it is there, move on to step 5.
    • If the value is not there, right-click somewhere in the empty space within the right-hand pane for Accent, and click New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type DefaultColorSet and press Enter.
  5. In the right-hand pane for Accent, double-click on DefaultColorSet to edit the value.
  6. In the window that appears, select the Decimal radio button and enter a new number in the Value data: field. See the chart below for color values:
Color codes for Windows System Login Screen
Color codes for Windows System Login Screen

Now changing the user login and lock screens are pretty easy, but anyhow we will cover it in our next article. Like always its your feedback that will make us better which in turn will help us give you helpful articles and tutorials. So make sure you comment with your feedback below.