Windows 8: Set Default Lock Screen Image

Windows 8 has brought many changes as compared to other Windows 8. The lock screen is one of the new feature added features that locks the Windows 8 screen when you are not around, so that no other user can use your system and you can secure your privacy on the system. But the Windows 8 lock screen comes with capabilities to change its Lock Screen image. Many users out there might really get irritated by seeing any image of their dislike on the lock screen. Here is the tutorial how you can set a Specific Default Lock Screen image that cannot be changed by the other user on the system.

Set Default windows 8 Lock Screen Image

If there are multiple users for your Windows 8 system, then you might be really worried or even get irritated upon setting up an image of your dislike. So, here is how you can prevent users from changing the lock screen image.

Prevent users from changing Lock Screen image by setting a constant image for Lock Screen in Windows 8 by either using the registry tweak or the local group policy tweak.

Before following the steps described here make sure to set a restore point on the system as these method involves some modification in the Windows registry.

Using Registry Editor

  • Open Run dialog box by holding down the Windows Key + R simultaneously and type in regedit and hit Enter. This will open Windows registry editor
  • In the Registry editor, navigate to the following registry key
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization
  • In the immediate right pane, find LockScreenImage, if it is not present create a string with this name
  • Next, double-click on it, copy and place the location of your desired lock screen image as its Value data
  • Now Close the Windows Registry Editor and restart your system to apply the changes. You can now see the image that is set by you.
  • This registry tweak is compatible with Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Editions. As far as Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8 RT editions are concerned, this tweak will not work.

Using Group Policy Editor

  • Using group policy to set default lock screen image is only valid in the Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise editions.
  • Open local group policy editor, hold down Windows Key + R combination to open Run box and type in gpedit.msc and hit enter
  • Next, navigate to computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization
  • In the right pane, look for the policy named Force a specific default lock screen image
  • Double click on it and make the changes as shown below in the following settings

Allow Lock Screen Background Change = Disabled/Not configured (Default Setting) 

Disable Lock Screen Background Change = Enabled

  • When you select the option Enabled, you need to provide the specific image path in the window
  • Finally, click Apply and hit OK.

Now no one can change the default screen of your Windows 8, simply follow the steps described above.

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