How to customize the background image of Windows 11’s lock screen

Windows 11 is similar to Windows 10 in that you will need to navigate through many layers of configuration settings menus.

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Your personal settings for background images and other basic features, such as Windows 10, were likely to be preserved by Microsoft when you upgraded to Windows 11 from Windows 10. You will have to customize your Windows 11 installation if you bought a new PC, or you choose to clean install Windows 11.

In general, changing or adding personalization touches in Windows 11 is similar to how you did it in Windows 10—but not exactly the same. The Windows 11 Settings menus look different than previous versions. Microsoft has also included some new features in Windows 11 that you might want to use to personalize your computer experience.

SEE: Windows 11 Tips and Tricks (Free PDF) (TechRepublic).

How to change background image on login screen in Windows 11

We will be discussing the background image on the Windows 11 login screen and lock screen in order to make sure everyone is on the same page. The Microsoft-installed default lock screen image is the daily image that Windows Spotlight chooses. You can click on the lock screen or hit a key to activate it. The image will blur and then present a screen asking for your login credentials.

You will need to use the different Settings menus in Windows 11 to personalize that experience. Click on the Start button to open Windows 11. Select Settings from the available apps. Select the Personalization option from the left-hand navigation menu. Figure A.

Figure A


Scroll down the list of configuration options to the right and select “Lock screen”. This will reveal the sub-menu. Figure B.

Figure B


You have three options when you click the drop-down box under Personalize Your Lock Screen: Windows Spotlight or Picture, or Slideshow. Windows Spotlight, as mentioned, will automatically download and display a new photo each day. It also provides links to articles and detailed information about the location of the photo. This service can also send advertisements if you don’t change any settings.

You can choose the Picture setting to select a specific background image that will display each day as your login. Slideshow lets you select multiple images from different folders, which will be displayed according to your chosen timing.

Next, the “Lock screen status” setting as shown in Figure CThis allows you to choose what app information you wish to display on the lock screen. This is your personal choice.

Figure C


You can choose whether your image preference above should be carried over to the login screen by using the toggle switch. This setting can be turned off to make the login screen a blank page.

The Related Settings section will take you to other areas of the Windows 11 Settings menus, specifically Power & Battery and Screen Save Settings. You can also change the settings for Sleep Mode and other options.

Close the Settings menu once you are happy with your personalization choices.

Although the default personalization options for the login screen and lock screen offered by Microsoft are appreciated they are very limited. Maybe we can use registry hacks to increase our personalization options and spice up the user experience.

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