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How To Change Sign-in/Login Screen Background Picture In Windows 10

Q: How To Change Sign-in/Login Screen Background Picture In Windows 10

I'm pretty sure I'm overlooking something really simple, but how do you change the Sign-in/Login Screen picture in Windows 10 Anniversary Update?

This is the sign-in page I get when I boot the PC (it automatically signs in, as I use Bitlocker password instead):

These are the settings I have set in Settings > Personalisation > Lockscreen. I have the Lock Screen set to 'Picture', and 'Show lock screen background picture on sign-in screen' set to 'On', but Windows still uses it's own photo (the beach pic).

Is there another setting I'm overlooking?

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A: How To Change Sign-in/Login Screen Background Picture In Windows 10

Do you realize that there are two different lock screens? Check out this tutorial as Shawn Brink explains this much better than I can.

Lock Screen Background - Change in Windows 10

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Show lock screen background picture on sign-in screen option is missing from Windows 10 1903 Version.
I am unable to set sign-in screen same as lock screen


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Kinda cool. Especially for modders.

A:Change WIndows 7 Login Screen Background

I kinda like the Windows 7 Background. Don't think I have a better one


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Dear All,

Is it possible to change the background image of the user login screen? I mean the one with a solid color background that displays user's account picture. I intend to replace the solid color background with an image of my choice (as it is possible in the lock screen).
Please suggest.


A:How do I change login screen background?

bump...any help out here or should I assume this is NOT possible to achieve at the moment?
Shawn, Josh..guys please give your inputs. Thanks.

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I changed my Gmail Profile Picture it will not change on my Gmail Login Screen what is the fix get back to me please

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I upgraded my PC from 8.1 and I had a black background for the login screen before and after I had upgraded it had grandfathered that background color.
Now that I did an in-place upgrade (to fix some bad windows files), it seems it has taken on the default blue since I have accidentally changed themes. I can't seem to find my old theme from 8.1, or change the background color without changing the accent color.
In 8.1 I was able to set a whole wack of colors to different things, including the login screen independently from the accent color but now it seems impossible
So, how do I change the color on the login screen?

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I was wondering where the login screen background image is stored? I'm trying to change it to a different image.


A:How to change the login screen background image?

Hello crimson,

The tutorial below can help show you how to change your sign-in screen background image.

Screen Background Image - Change in Windows 10

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Hi Everyone,

My son was playing with my PC today and since then, the password box on the Windows 7 login has a black background instead of the traditional white. In addition, the Toshiba Wireless LAN detector also has a black background. I have looked at the Ease of Use settings and nothing seems to be altered. He's only 2 so I have no idea how he was able to do this. Any help is much appreciated! Thanks.

A:How do I change the password box background colour on Windows 7 login?

Hello Jimmy and welcome to Seven Forums.

I think I'd try a System Restore using a date/time prior to when the unwanted changes occurred.

System Restore

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Is there a way to changing the shape of the login screen picture to a circle instead of the square?

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Lets face it, Windows has some 'lovely' background images for various applications but some are just too 'dated'!
This one may be fairly insignificant but you can change it, if you wish, easily using a PNG image of your choice with the help of:

Resource Hacker


Carefully follow the procedure found here:

[Tip] How to Modify System Files Using Resource Hacker in Windows - AskVG

to modify the following resource:

C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll\PNG folder\5420-1033

Result example:

*Follow instructions carefully and always create a Restore Point before performing any tweaks!*

A:Change 'Create Picture Password' UI Background

Hey Edwin,

That's pretty neat for the default image used for the picture password background.

If a user uses a picture password, they'll see whatever image they choose for it instead though.

Picture Password - Create, Change, or Remove in Windows 8

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So on Windows 7 there is the login screen, and there you can change it with a program for example, on Windows 8/8.1 there is the Pre Login Screen that you have to move up, then enter the password. But in that screen where you enter the password, is a colored background. I have seen a guide to change the color of it, but i want to set an image there instead, is there any way of doing that?

Here is what i mean:
So i just want to know if it is possible to change that background from a color to an image? Any is help appreciated. Thanks

A:Windows 8.1 Login Screen Background Color to Image

One alternative would be to use 'Picture Password' sign-in.

Picture Password - Create, Change, or Remove in Windows 8

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If auto-login is enabled there is NO User picture on Login screen
This issue started with Redstone builds.
This was not an issue with TH2.

Many other Insiders have reported this on the Feedback Hub.
I thought it would be fixed by now, but it still exists in Build 14393.5

A:If auto-login is enabled there is NO User picture on Login screen

Originally Posted by Comp Cmndo

If auto-login is enabled there is NO User picture on Login screen
This issue started with Redstone builds.
This was not an issue with TH2.

Many other Insiders have reported this on the Feedback Hub.
I thought it would be fixed by now, but it still exists in Build 14393.5

Do you have this setting on?

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As the title suggests I try to change my desktop background and it will not accept the image. It will simply put a solid colour there instead. I have tried from the settings panel and even from the image viewer. The image viewer results in an error and suggests I need to activate Windows. It is activated.

Thanks for taking the time to read my question.

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Hi there,

I was surfing the net this morning and in the background i was installing "Logmein". I assume the website i got it off is legit as many of my friends have it installed it to play networked games. This is the website i downloaded it from https://secure.logmein.com/products/hamachi2/download.aspx
Whilst it was installing my laptop froze and ctrl + alt + del wouldn't work so i turned it off by holding down the power button and then turned it back on.
It now loads up a screen that says "Windows error recovery" and has an option to "Launch Startup Repair" or "Start windows normally" . whichever one i select the outcome is the same... a screen that says "windows is loading files..." followed by a blank login screen with only the cursor for company as shown in the image below:

I have no idea what to do and this is the first real problem i haven't been able to solve in the 2 years ive had it.

I have tried every option in the "Advanced Boot Options" (F8 on startup) menu in the hope that something different would happen but every single time is identical to the last.
I am running windows 7 premium x64 bit on the Sony Vaio VGN-NW20SF. My laptop didn't come with a windows 7 disk so i cant reformat it. I havent backed it up for a while and there are files i would like to keep if possible.

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A:Windows 7 login screen/box won't open. Only background and cursor visible.

To get files off you need to boot to something like Parted Magic and just use the explorer to find and copy data files to an external drive or take out the drive and hook it up to another working system and copy data files off.

Subsequently, if you could run a system restore on the system to just before you had the problem, if its not coincidently something hardware-related, then that would probably fix it. Since startup repair is not launching correctly on th system, you will need a install disc or possibly a system repair disc, which I think you can make or have made from any other working 64-bit Windows 7 system.

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I am trying, with no success so far, to change the picture on the Windows Security screen that comes up when I log on to a network location to the same as my User Account picture. Anyone any ideas.

A:Change the picture on Windows Security logon on screen

Welcome to the Seven Forums

Can you post a screenshot of what you are trying to change?
And post how you get to that screen also.

I did not have a network to login to but I will try to help you.


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I got this error message "Setting the account picture failed, please try again". I need to know how to fix this, i got this error after i browsed the pic i wanted to use, if you guys know how to fix this thing, I'll thank you here's the screenshot, I'm not using a pirated copy of this OS, please help!

A:Can't change account picture / lock screen's picture

I don't know what may happen,but I think it worth to try:
First of all, go to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft
and copy the Default Account Pictures folder and then rename it to any name,after this open the original Default Account Pictures folder and delete the picture and the data file which belong to the user and try to change accaunt picture

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I m running windows 8.1 pro. Please help me to solve this trouble.

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I have set the option "Show Windows Background on the sign in screen" in personalization -> Lock screen to true and I changed my wallpaper. The sign in screen keeps the default blue sign in background.

This occurs on my PC and my laptop. Both are running Windows 10 1511
Laptop is Enterprise PC is PRo

Any ideas? Rebooting hasn't worked on both


A:Login Screen Background Not same as desktop Background

Originally Posted by blupje

I have set the option "Show Windows Background on the sign in screen" in personalization -> Lock screen to true and I changed my wallpaper. The sign in screen keeps the default blue sign in background.

That's what this option is currently intended to do: when OFF, it shows solid color on login screen, when ON it shows the standard blue windows logo background on login screen. It is probably customizable, but only through a "hack" of some sort.

The ability to keep the lock screen background on login screen is coming up in the next major update. But it is not in the current official build.

There's no option to show your wallpaper on login screen and none is planned. You can, of course, use the same picture as your wallpaper as login screen background and wait till the release.

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Since I read Brink's tuto (change sign in background color), I want to believe it's possible to change sign in background with custom picture, like this tutorial (option 3).

I tested this in Windows 8, carefully following warnings (image resolutions), but no effect

Perhaps registry keys or oem picture path given for Windows 7 are wrong in Windows 8 ?
I want to do this :



A:sign in screen with custom background possible ?

Maybe this site near bottom of page--

Windows 8 - Changing Your Lock and Login Screens

You will see ---

Change the Login/Logout Screen for All Accounts
From the Start Screen, type run and press Enter.Type gpedit.msc in the open text box and click OK.Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Logon.Enable the policy "Always use custom login background."

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I'm trying to change the background image for the login screen on Windows 7,
not Windows 8 or 10. I tried many methods, but all of them tell me to type an administrator password. How do I change the login screen background image without needing administrator authentication?

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Still learning my 7 and was wondering if I could change the background image for when my computer is starting up (the blue kinda girly one with swirls and a flower)

It's also the screen where you login and type your password to get to your customized desktop.

Thanks everyone,

A:Windows 7 login screen change?

Log On Screen - Change

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What is the best way to customize the windows login screen? thought maybe it would be cool to have it look something like this (linux)...

A:change windows login screen

Here is a tutorial that will show you how to change the logon screen background and if you look at the bottom of that tutorial you will see references to related tutorials for more changes to the logon screen.
Log On Screen - Change


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Windows 8 CP now lets you change the start screen background color and image natively.

Choose Settings from Charm Bar> Select More PC settings> Select Personalize> Select Start Screen> Choose your background color, and/or image

A Guy

A:Change Windows 8 CP Start Screen Background Color and Image

My charm does not work that way nothing happens when i hit more pc

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How do I can the name just above the password field as shown in the image below?


A:Solved: Windows 7 login screen - change name?

Go to Control Panel then click on User Accounts and Family Safety, then click on User Accounts, the click on Change your account name. Hopefully this takes care of it for you

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Is there an easy way to change the login screen of windows 7 7229 x64?

Thanks in advance

A:Change login screen? Windows 7 7229 x64

There are some tips on changing various things in Win 7

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Hello there.

I've recently installed Windows 8 on two separate systems and it is all working fine. The systems are on a standard Windows Domain which means users have to sign in to access their individual accounts. 

When Windows 8 boots up, the Seattle scene screen pops up (as normal) and then you need to either click the mouse of a keyboard button to open the log-in screen. 

The background of the login screen (where users enter their username and password) is an ugly dark purple color. How can I change this color? When users sign in, they get their own choice of Start screen background, but the LOGIN screen background seems

Please help me find out how to change the login screen background. Thanks

A:How can I change the Windows 8 login screen color?

The background of the login screen (where users enter their username and password) is an ugly dark purple color. How can I change this color? When users sign in, they get their own choice of Start screen background, but the LOGIN screen background seems

I've explained this here:
"A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

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Hi All,

How do I change my Windows 10 login screen? No matter what options I choose to personalise the screen, it always remains the same. What am I missing here?

All suggestions welcome.



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Hello,I've installed numerous Bricopacks and windows styles on my computer in the past, one being a Mac OSX theme that totally changed a lot of graphics on my computer- the important one being my Login Screen. Currently, it's in a Mac OSX style, but the problem is I do not know how to change it back.I also do not know how to take a screencap of the login screen, so I won't be able to actually show you unfortunately.Any help on how to reset it to default - if that's even possible - would be appreciated. Regards,Rei

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My computer just updated (I'm assuming) to the anniversary edition, and I occasionally have sign-in problems. I normally have my computer set to sign in automatically, but when I turned on the PC this morning, it didn't. It went to the sign-in screen, but there was no way to sign into any profiles (there are two on my computer, one for me and one for my wife). The only options available were to shut down and restart (there was one more, but I have a Japanese PC, and I'm not sure what that option was). I restarted and the computer signed in normally.

Then later on, my wife tried to switch to her profile, and it went right back to that login screen with no options to go to either her profile or my profile. So again, I had to restart, and now I can get into both.

Has anyone else had this problem?

A:Login screen with no profiles to sign into

I have not had the problem of not having a sign in option. I have had the problem of signing in to a different profile. If you go to settings > Accounts and make sure both accounts are set right. Then, do not restart, instead right click the start flag, select the new option you will now have which is 'sign out' it will sign you out and bring you back to the sign in screen. You should be able to see both accounts listed in the lower left of the sign in screen. Select whichever one you want and put in the password.

Those are some of the issues with no password like I have. I believe if you give yourself a password, most of those problems wouldn't happen. You can set a pin number instead of a password also. a 4 digit pin number is not so bad. If you would like to try that, this will tell you how PIN - Add to your Account in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums.

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Our Windows 7 now has all of the user login icons being displayed during boot up. Can this be changed back to the last user to login with the "switch user" login. I work for a K12 district. Our users do not want to see all of the other user's with login capabilities and neither do I. Our other logins are designed for our techs to assist users with computer problems.

Can anyone give me any information on how to return this screen to its original version instead of listing all users. We tried the other choice and that will not work either. Users do not want to type their username very time.


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I set up a new tablet with windows 10 and began with a Local account so I could choose my user name. Then I signed in with my MS account to sync settings.

When I start the tablet the login screen asks for my pin. I want to be able to automatically login without entering a pin or password. To do that I use netplwiz and uncheck the option to require a password for login. So far so good.

But when the tablet restarts I am presented with a login screen that now shows two accounts, my MS account and what appears to be a local account but with the same name. If I then reverse the process and enable the "require a password" option in netplwiz there is only one account shown on the login screen but then I have to use a pin or password.

How do I remove that second local account on the login screen and then login automatically? There is only one account listed in the user account settings page.

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How do I change the pre login screen picture on my computer?  This is the screen that appears before I am prompted to enter my login information.

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I have Windows 10 Home on my laptop. I have created Local Accounts by going to Start > netplwiz and creating some users. Most of the users do not have a Password and are not Administrators. I have also checked the option "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer". Now the problem is that after a reboot/restart or a boot (i.e. Shutdown and then Power On) the last user that was logged gets automatically logged in. So if User A was last using the laptop, he Shutdowns the laptop and then User B starts the Laptop, the OS directly logs into the User A's account. User B has to log out and then log in as User B. This is contrast to what used to happen with Windows 7/Vista/XP.

Please note that this is a fresh Windows 10 laptop and is not an upgrade from Windows 7/8/8.1.

Can you please suggest me how I will be able to get all the users listed on the Login screen at the time of reboot or boot (i.e. Shutdown and then Power On)? The user has to select his ID and then login. Rather the last user login should not happen automatically.
Any help would be appreciated.
Enjoy your day

A:Win Home 10 does not show login/sign in screen after boot or reboot

Hi Addverma, welcome to Ten Forums.

The easiest way is to add passwords to all user accounts. If Windows is shut down or restarted from desktop of a local user who has no password, by default Windows will sign this user in when started next time.

Adding password to all users prevents automatic sign-in of last user.

Another option is to not display usernames in sign-in screen as told in this tutorial: Sign in Screen - Do Not Display User Name in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

Notice that Option One in above mentioned tutorial does not work for you because you cannot edit policies in Windows 10 Home. The registry method, Option Two should work in Home Edition, too.

When method in tutorial is used, Windows will not show usernames. All users must enter their username manually, as well as possible password:


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I have changed my login screen background picture using Windows 10 Login Screen Changer (available at the MyDigitalLife forums). Unfortunately, the option to Disable User Account picture won't work for me, so I had to delete all the copies of my account pic in the 'UserAccountPictures' folder, so that my login background image doesn't show my account pic.
This also removes the account pic from the top of my Start menu, my User Account Profile, and online at all Microsoft sites.

There MUST be a way to enable an account picture everywhere EXCEPT on the login screen ...? I'm not adverse to editing the registry, or changing system files, if need be. I've been a computer enthusiast since the mid '80s, and I want my OS to do what I want it to do, not what the 'mighty' Microsoft deems to be the options I should be allowed to tinker with.

Any ideas?

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I am installing a new desktop for my mother with win7. She is not seeing so well so I need to increase the font size and/or the picture size in the logon screen for her.

I know there is a way, changing some values in a .dll, but a need some step by step instructions.


A:Size of the fonts and picture in login screen.

No need to modify any dll. That screen adopts the values set for the hidden admin account.

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Hi 7forum!

This is my last resort, so please help me!
I have after a long time searching ended up here on this forum.

What I want to do is simply to remove the picture & frame on my login screen, only the password, my name, switch user should be left on the screen.

To clarify, I don't want to:
Remove the whole login screen.
Remove password protection.
Remove anything else except for that picture and frame.

Thats pretty much it, I would be really thankful if somebody could help me with this because I'm close to changing to linux just to get rid of it .

Thanks in advance!


A:One last try, Get rid of User Account picture on login screen.

I'm thinking a transparent .png picture would take care of the profile picture. As for the frame... that's above my pay grade right now

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Is there a way for me to remove only my profile picture (but not the frame for the profile picture) from the logon screen. I've tried editting the authui.dll file but am unsure what to change. I've tried using xxxdannyxxx's authui.dll file as well but it removes both the frame and the picture.

Help would be appreciated, thanks.

A:Remove Profile Picture from Login Screen?

Hello IcedEclipse,

If you like, you could set Windows to require users to enter both their username and password on the log on screen. This will hide all users and account pictures on the log on screen.

Log On with User Name and Password

Hope this helps,

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Hi, I would like to change the picture that is shown after the computer starts or after a user logs out; the one you click on to get to the list of users and log in. I have two accounts on the computer, and in both of them I changed the "Lock Screen" picture to be the stock picture of the piano. When the computer first boots up it shows the piano and I log in, but if I sign out of the account to switch users the picture that is used in the splash screen reverts to the drawing of Seattle. How can I get it to permanently use the piano or for that matter any other picture besides the Seattle one when switching users?

Thanks in advance!

A:Changing login screen background

Hello MathGuy, and welcome to Eight Forums.

In Windows 8 there is two "Lock" screens available. One used that is set by a user when they are signed in. The other is the default image used when there are no users signed in.

The only problem is that only Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise, or Windows Server 2012 are able to change the default Lock screen background for when there are no users signed in.

(Set by user)
Lock Screen - Background Image - Change in Windows 8

(Default when no users signed in)
Lock Screen Background Image - Set Default in Windows 8

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my xp login screen is black now instead of the default colors? how do i change it back to default?

A:XP login screen is black background...

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Hey guys I was wondering will changing the login background screen do any damage? As I read a thread about a guy who did it and his PC crapped itself. So is it okay to change it? Same applies with the boot thingy. The 4 coloured dots coming together.

A:Changing The Login Screen Background.

Absolutely no problem. There are a lot of free applications that can change your logon screen with a few mouse clicks.

Here's my current:

It shows my normal user accounts (Admin & Kari, both in English) plus additional three accounts in languages I sometimes need (Finnish, Swedish and German, respective languages by Windows 7 language packs). Logon screen changed using LogonStudio.


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What was Microsoft thinking when they not only made this login (not the lock) background image impossible for a user, using normal means, to change, but also stuck the user with the most hideous looking stock images (those cartoonish images of Seattle, etc)? I finally found different sites that gave elaborate instructions for changing the login background, which I did, but it was quite a messy process.

A:Login (not lock) Screen Background

Hello mbratch,

You might also take a look at the tutorials below to see if they may help make it easier to do.

How to Change Start and Sign in Screen Background and Color in Windows 8


How to Change the Default Sign in Screen Background Color in Windows 8
Hope this helps,

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Sorry to disturb.

May I know what the problem during the time I'm trying to install Windows 7 and it just stuck at the login screen background without any changed after 30 minutes?

I have try to adjust the BIOS to Native IDE, RAID and ACHI. But nothing was changed.

I still could find any solution after I reading some of the thread.

Hopefully I could get any solution here.

A:Stuck during login screen background

Where did you get Win7? If you burned the DVD yourself, burn another at 4x speed using ImgBurn.

Try install from a USB flash stick. Best method is to install UltraISO trial, on File tab open ISO, on Bootable tab write Disk Image, Format, Write.

Unnplug all other HD's and peripherals. Boot DVD, wipe the target HD: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Then choose Custom Install, use Drive Options to partition and format before install.

If further fails, test your RAM using memtest86 CD for 5-6 passes. Then test your HD using maker's diag/repair full CD scan: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

Check for latest BIOS version update. If current, reset the CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

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I have changed the time format on my lock screens to HH:mm, 24 hr military time. So when I press WinKey+L the military time is shown. But when I sign out from my accounts, there is a different "sign on" pre-login screen which stubbornly stays using the h:mm format. Does anyone know how to change the time format on that ?

A:How to change time format on Main sign on screen

Try it out

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I've done this before on my desktop. I removed the picture and picture frame from the startup screen. But now I'm trying to do it on my netbook and I can't remember what file I edited to remove the frame.

Anyone know what file I may have edited?

EDIT: Is it Authui.dll?

A:Removing Picture Frame On Startup/Login Screen

Yes, its authui.dll. I was just looking at that file.

in all 3 uifiles (12400-12403, depending what button set you use)



And do either of the two

<UserTile resid="UserTileTemplate" margin="rect(0rp,10rp,0rp,10rp)" height="0" layout="verticalflowlayout(0,2,2)" sheet="UsersStyle">

<UserTile resid="UserTileTemplate" margin="rect(0rp,10rp,0rp,10rp)" visible="false" layout="verticalflowlayout(0,2,2)" sheet="UsersStyle">

I would use the first since it actually shrinks it and doesnt take up space, the second method still uses up the space since its simply hidden.

And as always, back up your files before you attempt any mods to system files.

Good luck.

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