How to Change Windows 10 Login Screen Background Image

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A couple of days ago we had a post talking about how to change the login screen background in macOS Big Sur, and we thought why not also do one for Windows 10?

Login Screen vs Lock Screen

The login screen (aka sign-in screen) is the screen you see when your PC turns on and asks for your password or PIN. If you press Windows + L on the keyboard, that will lock your computer and take you to the lock screen.

In macOS, the login screen is separate from the lock screen and main desktop screen. As a result, configuring the lock screen and main desktop background won’t affect the login screen background.

However, in Windows 10, the login screen and lock screen backgrounds are separate from the desktop background. The login screen and lock screen can be configured at the same time in Settings under Lock screen, while the desktop wallpaper is changed under Background.

How to Change Login Screen and Lock Screen Background in Windows 10

Unlike in macOS where it is hidden from the user, changing the login screen and lock screen background in Windows 10 is an option available in Settings under Lock screen.

  • Press the Windows key on the keyboard to bring up the Start Menu and type in “lock screen”.
  • Click on Open in the first result.

A couple of days ago we had a post talking about how to change the login screen background in macOS Big Sur, and we thought why not also do one for Windows 10? Login Screen vs Lock Screen The login screen (aka sign-in screen) is the screen you see when your Windows 10 machine turns on and asks for your password or PIN. If you press Windows + L on your keyboard, that will lock your computer and take you to the lock screen. In macOS, the login screen is separate from the lock screen and main desktop screen. As a result, configuring the lock screen and main desktop background won’t affect the login screen background. However, in Windows 10, the login screen and lock screen backgrounds are separate from the desktop background. The login screen and lock screen can be configured at the same time in Settings under Lock screen, while the desktop wallpaper is changed under Background. How to Change Login Screen and Lock Screen Background in Windows 10 Unlike in macOS where it is hidden from the user, changing the login screen and lock screen background in Windows 10 is an option available in Settings under Lock screen. Press the Start button on the keyboard and type in “lock screen”. Click on Open in the first result. In the Lock screen window, you’ll have the option to use a Windows 10 stock photo, choose one of your own, choose a solid color or a slideshow. Remember to also turn on "Show lock screen background picture on the sign-in screen". This will allow your login screen to pick up your lock screen settings. What do you think of the difference between how macOS and Windows 10 handle the login screen? Let us know in the comments.

  • In the Lock screen window, you’ll have the option to use a photo, a solid color, or a slideshow. If you choose the photo option, you can then browse and select your own photo of choice.

Windows 10 Lock Screen Settings

  • Remember to also scroll to the bottom and turn on Show lock screen background picture on the sign-in screen. This will allow your login screen to pick up your lock screen settings.

Windows 10 Lock Screen Settings - Change Windows 10 Login Screen Background

What do you think of the difference between how Apple and Microsoft’s operating systems handle the login screen? Let us know in the comments.

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