Step 1: Choose Your Image
Find an image that you would like to use as your login screen background. Make sure that it’s in a format that Windows 10 can recognize, such as JPG or PNG. You can use your own photo, a favorite wallpaper, or download an image from the internet.
Step 2: Rename Your Image
Rename the image file to “backgroundDefault.jpg” and make sure that it’s saved in a location that you can easily find, such as your Pictures folder.
Step 3: Open the Registry Editor
Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box. Type “regedit” and click OK. This will open the Registry Editor.
In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System. If the System key does not exist, right-click on Windows and select New > Key. Name the new key “System”.
Step 5: Add a New DWORD
Right-click on the System key and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new value “DisableLogonBackgroundImage” and set the value data to 1.
Step 6: Copy Your Image
Copy your renamed image file (backgroundDefault.jpg) to the following folder: C:\Windows\System32\oobe\info\backgrounds. If the “info” and “backgrounds” folders do not exist, create them.
Step 7: Enjoy Your New Login Screen Image
Restart your computer and you should see your new login screen background image. If you decide that you want to go back to the default image, simply delete your custom image from the backgrounds folder.
Can I use any image as my login screen background?
Yes, as long as it’s in a format that Windows 10 can recognize and it’s appropriate for a login screen.
Do I need to be an administrator to change the login screen background?
Yes, you need to have administrator privileges to access the Registry Editor and copy files to the System32 folder.
Can I use a different file name for my custom image?
Yes, but you will need to modify the registry key to match the new file name.
What happens if I delete the DisableLogonBackgroundImage value?
The default value is 0, which means that the login screen background image will be displayed. If you delete the value, it will revert back to the default behavior.
Can I use a slideshow of images for my login screen background?
No, Windows 10 only allows for a single image to be used as the login screen background.
|Registry Editor||A tool in Windows that allows you to view and edit system settings in the Windows registry.|
|DWORD||A type of value in the Windows registry that can store binary data or numerical data.|
|Administrator Privileges||The level of access that allows you to make system-level changes to a Windows computer.|