This one is for Windows 8/8.1 which I am using. Not sure how this would work on the other Windows OS, although the idea perhaps remains the same?

The Individual User Lock Screen for a user can be changed through the Windows Charms Bar > Change PC Settings.

The one I am talking about is the lock screen when you have multiple users created on a single Windows 8/8.1 system and they are all logged off. Didn’t come to my mind there would be one!

So here is how this goes:

The Sign Out Screen is stored in:

To change this default one, here is how I learnt to proceed:


  1.  Go to folder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows
  2.  Right click on SystemData >Properties>Security>Advanced>Change
  3.  Select your user name (You must be in Administrators group), and Add it.
  4.  Tick on “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects“, click Apply >OK
  5.  Go to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\SystemData\S1518\ReadOnly\LockScreen_Z
    You will see the default image(s) in this folder, To view them:
  6. Right click on it>Properties>Security>Edit>Add
  7. Select your User Name and Add.
  8. Replace the image with an image of your choosing, just make sure that they have the same names and resolution as shown in LockScreen_Z.
  9. IMPORTANT: After swapping the images, Right click on image>Properties>Securities>Edit and make sure the SYSTEM is in the user list with permission shown below:
    1. Read&Execute
    2. Read

Sign out and Voila! There is the image you were looking for to sooth your eyes!




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