Windows 8: Change the Lock screen, Start screen and User account picture

   Posted by Lê Hoàng in Windows 8

Most users want to customize the look of the operating system. Tweaking the images associated with the Start and Lock screens along with the user account will personalize the appearance of your Windows 8 installation.

Personalizing the appearance of Windows is one of the first things that most users do after performing a new installation. The heavy graphics appearance of the new Windows 8 Metro environment lends itself well to customization.

1. Go to the Windows 8 desktop. If you are in the Start screen, click Desktop.

2. Mouse your mouse to the bottom right of the screen then move it up to open the Charms bar, and click the gear icon.

3. Click More PC settings.

4. In the PC settings screen, choose Personalize from the left side.

Change Lock Screen Picture

1. Click the Lock screen option on the top of the screen.

2. There are several pictures that come along with the system for you to choose. Just click on the one you like, and you will see the preview right above. You can choose and set your own picture by clicking the Browse button.

If you want to choose your own picture, select it within explorer and hit Choose picture.

3. You can also choose or arrange the apps that you want to display on the Lock screen in this section.

Change Start Screen background and Color

1. Switch to the Start menu option.

2. Under this option, you can change the background and color for the Start screen.

Change User Profile Picture

1. Go to the Account picture option.

2. Choose your picture by either clicking on Browse to select an image file or Webcam if you want to take a picture from a built-in camera.

If you want to be more aggressive, you can manually alter the images that appear on the Metro tiles.

 

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  • kevin

    Hey do you know how to hack only the background image Im fine with the metro tiles no issues but the skimpy selection of wall paper styles is really getting to me any ideas thanks in advance.

    • Lê Hoàng

      > I haven’t find a way to hack the metro background yet. I will write a tutorial about it if it is possible.

  • Kim Vanny

    when i follow by step and bottom of browse disable how can i change picture

  • Adil

    hi, i am having a problem, i am not being able to change lock screen, user account and star screen pictures, i have installed Windows 8 Pro build 9200 and windows is activated, when i go to pc settings -> personalize the option of changing these pictures is freeze means i cant click on them … kindly give me a solution for the problem

  • san

    hi, i am not being able to change lock screen, user account and star screen pictures, i have installed Windows 8 entrerprice build 9200 and windows is activated, when i go to pc settings -> personalize the option of changing these pictures is freeze means i cant click on them … kindly give me a solution for the problem pls help me

    • fudge

      i have the same problem. have you fixed it? please tell me how if u already know the solution. tnx

  • san

    please help me………….

  • shri

    same problem as san! I believe that happens due to the fact that we use usee account as local account and not an windows/microsoft account. i don’t want a microsoft account. does someone have a solution for that?

    • dev

      no even if you have a microsoft account still it doesnt work>

  • YI Virak

    Please, I need a help. I can’t click anything in personalize… what should I do?

  • Khurram Irshad Khan

    I logged in with my Mycrosoft acount in windows 8.I took the image accociated with my msn acount as windows 8 acount picture. Now it is fixed and when i changed to local acount. There is no chane or removal of my account image

  • gaz

    for those who failed to customize, make sure you have activated the windows.
    – if you’ve purchased the license, follow the instructions given via email. (i’ve never choose this methode anyway)
    – or you can activate it by phone giving them the Product Key.. (google the how)
    – finally, use 3rd party like KJ Activator (etc), download it, install, run. it works for me.
    (w8 pro 9200)

    no need for microsoft accounts at all.

  • sereyvuth

    i can’t change my account picture … because i can’t see browser for find my picture ….

  • gajalakshmi

    hi .. am using windows8.. here i am facing the problem, i cant able to change my account picture if i click the browse button nothing happens and also the same thing is happening for the lock screen and start screen. will you please help me?

  • TWEHAMYE SILUS

    unable to change window acccount picture

  • vv

    I am not able to change start screen, lock screen and user account picture. please help me to change them…