Last updated: October 21, 2017
Microsoft embarked on quite a process to create the Windows 10 background image. For a short time after upgrading to Windows 10, getting lost in the ethereal log-in screen consumed more hours each day than perusing Facebook status updates for useful information. When billable hours were also lost into the Windows 10 background image abyss, drastic measures were required. It was easy and intuitive to personalize the lock screen and desktop background images. Modifying the log-in screen image, however, proved to be more elusive.
Hello, hello? Snap out of it if you want to learn how to change the Windows 10 log-in screen background. Although the method described in this article will allow you to configure a solid background color, it will not allow you to use an image file such as a personal photograph. If using an image file is of more interest to you, check out this log-in screen background changer on GitHub that purports that functionality. We have not tried the utility on GitHub, so be sure to read the information there carefully before downloading and running it. If you try it, please leave a comment below about your experience.
Changing the Windows 10 log-in screen to a solid background color requires that you edit the Windows Registry. Windows includes a Registry Editor for this purpose. Precisely follow the instructions for editing the registry. If you are uncomfortable with making such modifications, you may wish to pass on making this change to your computer. Take a look at the following information to see what you think.
Open the Registry Editor. To do so, type run into the windows search bar to the right of the Start button.
The Run application will launch. If you encounter User Account Control (UAC), input an admin password and click Yes to continue. Type regedit into the Open input field, then click OK.
The Registry Editor will launch. In the Registry Editor, expand the folders and carefully locate this path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows -> System. Right-click on System. In the right-click menu, click New. In the sub-menu, click DWORD (32-bit) Value.
Name the new value: DisableLogonBackgroundImage
Right-click on DisableLogonBackgroundImage, and click Modify. In the Value data field, change the 0 to a 1, then click OK.
By changing the value to 1, you have instructed Windows to display a solid background color for your log-in screen from now on. If you wish to revert back to the default Windows 10 log-in screen, set the value back to 0. Next time you log into Windows, the background color of the log-in screen will be a solid color. The color is based upon your Windows accent color configured under Settings -> Personalization -> Colors, which could also be automatically selected from your background.
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