How to Change the Login Screen Background on Windows 10

Windows 10 allows you to change the lock screen background, but the login screen background always features the default Windows 10 background. Use these tweaks and you can set any image or color you want as the background.

This changes the image that appears on the sign-in screen after you leave your lock screen. On Windows 8 and 8.1, this was just a flat-color background. The trick for changing Windows 7’s login screen background no longer works the same way on Windows 10.

Set a Custom Login Screen Image... And More ;)

Microsoft doesn’t yet provide an official registry hack or group policy setting for changing the login screen background on Windows 10. However, enterprising Windows tweakers have discovered that the image is part of the Windows.UI.Logon.pri file. Change the image stored inside the PRI file and Windows will use a different background image of your choice.

Warning: This approach uses third-party tools to modify a Windows system file. Continue at your own risk. And Create a Restore Point before attempting ANY Change...

You’ll need some sort of third-party script or utility to do this. The best tool we found for this was the Windows 10 Login Image Changer, created by Alphawaves over at the My Digital Life Forums, which worked fine on our test system. You’ll need to register and log into the forum to view the download, but here’s a direct download link at the end of this post. 

Launch it and select a background image — for example, the wallpapers built into Windows 10 are stored at C:\Windows\Web\ . You’re free to download other wallpaper images from the web, use your own, or even create a flat-color wallpaper image. This would allow you to set a different flat-color background for your login screen than the one Windows 10 uses on the desktop.

Note : These tweaks were tested on the final release version of Windows 10, build 10240. Microsoft may change the way this works in the future as it updates Windows 10 at a more rapid pace than previous versions of Windows — hopefully by providing more built-in options for adjusting these settings.


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