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How Do I Change the Lock and Start Screens in Windows® 8

October 08, 2012  |  Difficulty: Easy

Lock and Start Screens in Windows®

Most computer users prefer to have a customized desktop in Microsoft Windows®. This could include the placement of favorite family photos, relaxing scenes or celebrity images to personalize the desktop.

In Windows® 8, more screen choices are available and additional screen settings.  There is a new Lock Screen image, a new Start Screen image and the familiar Desktop background from Windows® 7 or Windows Vista® which was easily changeable. Follow the instructions below, to customize these screens with your own photograph and image choices.

Changing Lock and Start Screens in Windows® 8 instructions:

  1. Launch your computer with the Windows® 8 operating system.
  2. Once it is up and running, you automatically will be at the Start Screen. Place your mouse cursor on the bottom-right corner of the screen where the side bar appears.
  3. Click the “Settings” button.
  4. At the bottom of the menu, click the “Change PC Settings” option.
  5. In the left menu, select “Personalize”.
  6. On the right side of the screen, you should see three “tabs”:
    - Lock Screen
    - Start Screen
    - Account picture
    Select each one to customize by choosing the theme or image you would like to display.
  7. To get back to the Start screen, invoke the side bar like you did in Step 2, and click on the “Start” button or simply press “Alt+F4” on your keyboard.

Tips and Tricks:

  • To change the desktop image in Windows® 8, click on the “Desktop” tile and change it in the same way as you did in Windows® 7. The procedure is described in the article that focuses on changing the desktop background image.

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