Lock Screen Tweaks in Windows 10

Lock screen in Windows 10 by default offers the jumbo background. Some users may not like the default settings for lock screen and may wish to change it in future. There are many ways to change the lock screen background. We are going to see the lock screen tweaks in Windows 10 that allow you to change background color or wallpaper.

Most of us are now getting used to seeing the same lock screen background color or wallpaper for months after using Windows 10. It is always a good idea to have more control over such desktop personalization things. Windows 10 has yet to allow us official feature to enable or disable lock screen background in settings.

However this doesn't prevent us from tweaking the lock screen. Windows 10 update may fix this limitation in future. However those who are without internet access may find these tweaks useful. Let's take a look at some of our options to tweak Windows 10 lock screen.

Change Background using Group Policy

Follow the steps below to enable or disable the lock screen background using group policy editor.

1. Open local group policy editor. (Use search feature or Cortana if you are not sure how to access this)
2. Check the following path : Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization
3. Find the entry "Do not display the lock screen".
4. Set the state of this entry to enable or disable, depending on your choice.
5. Close the group policy editor.
6. Restart or use Win+L key combination to see the change.

Group policy editor also gives you specific entry for changing the background of your choice. You can force specific color or the background image on all the lock screens, or specific to your account. If you have any specific settings in mind for lock screen then using group policy editor is a much better choice. You have a lot of options in the lock screen personalization field, so depending on your choice, choose what suits your requirements.

Change Background using Registry

Follow the steps below:

1. Open Registry editor.
2. Find the following key : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization
3. Find the following key: NoLockScreen
4. If the key doesn't exist then you should create it with that name.
5. Now set the value for the key as : 0 to enable and 1 to disable.

Restart or lock your screen to see the changes in effect.

I don't suggest using registry editor for tweaks unless you really want to. And if you are not much comfortable with the registry tweaks then it is better to use third party apps or the group policy editor. As using those means fro modifying the system is much safer and less complicated than the registry tweaks.

Third Party Programs

You can use third party programs to perform the same tweaks. You can also choose the background color of your choice or select the wallpaper. Most of the wallpapers that Lock screen uses are stored in the following location: C:\Windows\Web\ .

You may notice permission issues for such apps as they tend to overwrite the core files for access. However, most of those issues are likely to be fixed after the Windows 10 builds turned out to be more stable. If you're unsure about using Free apps then make sure you download them from trusted sources. Otherwise you can also go for premium apps by paying a small price and get the personalization features for Windows 10.

Windows 10 Login Background Changer App


This is a free app that you can use to change the Windows 10 lock screen background. It works even on the earlier builds of the Windows 10. Though what will happen to this utility after the first windows update is still not clear. Most likely the app will not be updated yet continues to be hosted for those who want more control over background wallpaper changing.

Using this app is very easy. Just extract from the zip folder and run the application. Now you can find the Window being displayed with options for - reverting changes, selecting background and locking the computer. You can select the background from any location of your choice. It is however recommended that you should go with the wallpapers in the location where windows checks for the images (i.e. Web folder).

Note: Windows 10 Update 1 is arriving on second week of November 2015. This update will be rolled all over the world in few days after that. This update contains an improvement that allows you to enable and disable the lock screen backgrounds. So once this change is in place you can then change the background of your choice from the settings itself. If you want to have more control over your lock screen wallpaper or the background then using above options is a good choice. You can wait till the new Windows 10 update to drop by if you want to do it through official means of changing lock screen background.


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