How to Disable or Change Background Image of Windows 10 Login Screen
UPDATE: Newer Windows 10 builds such as November Update and Anniversary Update already come with a built-in option to disable background image of login screen. Instructions about the new method have been added in the tutorial.
If you upgraded or installed recently released Windows 10 operating system in your computer, you might have noticed the new background image which is shown on the Login Screen (also called Welcome Screen, Logon Screen or Sign-in Screen) of Windows 10. Microsoft has added a new background image to Windows 10 Login Screen which is actually slightly modified Hero wallpaper.
"Hero" wallpaper was first included into Windows 10 Insider Preview build 10159 and also comes as the default wallpaper in final RTM build of Windows 10. We have shared it in past for your convenience:
The new background image of Windows 10 Login Screen might please a few people but most of the people didn't like it. Recently an AskVG reader "Timo" contacted us regarding the same issue:
One thing that would be highly interesting and maybe you know a bit about. Windows 10 unlock screen (login screen) wallpaper - how do you change it? Because that blueish-glow-windows-logo reminds me a lot of KDE 4.0. I can only imagine the default picture being 'a bit much' for quite a few others. Thanks for all the hints and help you delivered so far.
We have received several similar emails from many AskVG readers who requested for the same. They all want to get rid of the background image of Windows 10 Login Screen.
So today in this tutorial, we are going to tell you ways to disable or change Windows 10 Login Screen background image.
METHOD 1: Turn Off Background Picture on Sign-in Screen Using Settings app
In newer Windows 10 builds, Microsoft has added an option to disable/turn off background image of login screen in Settings app:
1. Press WIN+I keys together to open Settings app.
2. Now go to "Personalization -> Lock screen" section and set the option "Show Windows background picture on the sign-in screen" (or "Show lock screen background picture on the sign-in screen") to Off.
It'll immediately disable background image on login screen.
METHOD 2: Disable Windows 10 Login Screen Background Image
When Windows 10 was under development, there was a built-in registry tweak to disable or remove this background image from Login Screen. We have shared it in our Windows 10 hidden secret registry tweaks topic. It requires creating a DWORD DisableLogonBackgroundImage in registry to disable login screen background image.
Check out following article to learn more about the Registry tweak to disable Windows 10 Login Screen background image:
The registry tweak still works in final RTM version of Windows 10. If it doesn't wok for you, make sure you have installed all available Windows 10 updates and graphics card driver from Windows Update and then the registry tweak will work without any problem.
BONUS TIP: Remove User Picture from Windows 10 Login Screen
If you want, you can remove the user picture shown on Login Screen to get a clean and minimal interface of Login Screen.
Check out following tutorial which was posted for Windows Vista and Windows 7 but the method still works for Windows 10:
METHOD 3: Change or Customize Windows 10 Login Screen Background Image
If we talk about login screen background image location, its stored in a system file "Windows.UI.Logon.pri" present in "C:\Windows\SystemResources\Windows.UI.Logon\" folder. You might be wondering what kind of this .PRI file is? PRI stands for "Package Resource Index" and this PRI file contains the Hero background image of Login Screen in different resolution sizes. But you can't directly modify this file. You need to first extract the background images from this PRI file using a working tool. Windows 8/8.1/10 SDK contains such kind of tools to modify PRI files. But its a very complicated task and a very small mistake in editing this file may cause your system broken and you'll not be able to log into Windows.
Fortunately there is a freeware available which automatically performs the same task and allows you to change or remove background image from Windows 10 Login Screen.
"Windows 10 Logon Background Changer" is a free and portable utility for Windows 10 which helps you in customizing background image of Windows 10 Login Screen. You can change the default "Hero" wallpaper and replace it with any desired wallpaper on Login Screen as shown in following screenshot:
You can also remove the background image completely and set any desired color as background color of the Login Screen with the help of this little tool.
There is also an option given to restore default background image if required.
The tool is very easy to use and we have tested it on various Windows 10 machines without any problem.
Interested people can download it using following link:
Download Windows 10 Logon Background Changer
UPDATE: Many people have faced booting problems after using this tool so we have decided to remove the download link. It seems a new Windows 10 update KB3081424 is causing screen flickering issue between Lock Screen and Login Screen. Most of the time the problem occurs if you upgraded your previous Windows version to Windows 10. Clean installation of Windows 10 might not create problems while using this tool.
PS: For advanced users, as we mentioned the tool automatically modifies the "Windows.UI.Logon.pri" present in "C:\Windows\SystemResources\Windows.UI.Logon\" folder. Before modifying the PRI file, it first creates a backup of the file with the name "Windows.UI.Logon.pri.bak". So if something goes wrong, you can boot using Windows setup disc or bootable USB drive and then select Repair option and then open Command Prompt tool from Advanced Repair Options. Now you can safely delete the new PRI file and then rename the BAK file to "Windows.UI.Logon.pri" again to restore default login screen. Or you can run SFC /SCANNOW command to restore all default system files.
NOTE: Steps to Fix Login Screen Flickering Issue in Windows 10
Here are the instructions given by the software developer to fix screen flickering issue:
1. When you switch on your Windows 10 PC, force restart your computer three times by holding down power button until the computer shuts down, then turn on your computer again.
2. After doing this, the automatic repair screen will appear. Now click through "Advanced Options -> Troubleshoot -> Advanced Options -> Command Prompt" options.
3. Type following command in Command Prompt window:
echo list volume | diskpart
Now find the drive letter where Windows 10 is installed in your computer.
4. After finding the correct drive letter, run following command:
Replace "Drive_letter" term in above command with the correct drive letter where Windows 10 is installed.
5. Now run following commands one by one:
copy Windows.UI.Logon.pri.bak Windows.UI.Logon.pri
6. Restart your computer and now you'll be able to login without any problem.
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