How to Change Windows 8 Logon Screen

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Lots of Windows 8 users are complaining about the lack of customization options that are offered by default. However, Windows 8 does have some notable features that allow users to customize their devices. Changing the Windows 8 logon screen is one of these features, and because many are not quite clear on how to do this, today I’ll show your exactly how you can change your logon screen on any Windows 8 device.

Apart from the classic lock screen, Windows 8 does have some other methods of authentication, like picture passwords. We’ll be taking a look at all of these changes you can make to your Windows 8 computer.

Changing the default logon screen on Windows 8

If you’ve recently installed Windows 8, you will probably have the simple picture lock screen that shows you different apps. This screen ca be customized by adding other pictures and other apps, as well as adding a completely new logon screen.

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If you want to change your Windows 8 logon screen picture to another one, you only have to navigate to the Settings charm and click or tap on “Change PC Settings“. From here, under the “Personalize” tab, you will find the option to choose another logon image or browse your computer for a custom picture. In the same window, you have the “Start Screen” tab, which allows you to change the background style and color of the Modern UI screen.

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If you want to change your Windows 8 logon screen to a picture password, all you need to do is to the Users window and click or tap on “Create a Picture Password“. From here, you will enter a wizard where you have to browse your computer for the picture you wish to set as your picture password, then add the three actions that will unlock your computer.

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These actions can be a line, a point or a circle, ans you have to input them in the same order and direction as you originally made them, otherwise it will not allow you to log on to your computer. As you can see, the process of changing the Windows 8 logon screen is pretty easy. It does not require the users to waste too much time on this task, and it also adds to the feel of the device, making it reflect the user’s personality better.

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Another thing you can do is delete the password from your computer. While I strongly advise you to not do this, some users want their computers to open without needing a password. Nevertheless, here’s how you do it:

  • Open the Settings Charm
  • Click or tap on Change PC Settings
  • Click on Users
  • Switch to a Local Account

Note: Removing your computer’s password is not possible when using the Microsoft account, therefore you need to use a local account

  • Click on Change Password
  • After you input your current password, it will promp you for the new one
  • Leave the Password field black and click OK
  • Now, you log on to your computer, you will have the Windows 8 logon screen that you’ve modified earlier and in the User screen, you won’t be prompted for a password.

As you can see, the process of changing the Windows 8 logon screen is very simple and anyone can do it with next to no effort.

  • Sandro

    You are showing how to change the LOCK/WELCOME screen, not the LOGIN screen. Do you know how to change the default, same-colored background shown when entering the password to any custom image of our choice?

    • http://www.facebook.com/woolf4ever Nedelcu Ionut

      To my knowledge, that is not possible via any traditional setting within the Windows 8 OS. However, there might be third party apps out there that can help you with that.