Personalization Enable or Disable Show Lock Screen Background on Sign-in Screen in Windows 11

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The lock screen is the screen you see at startup and when you lock (Win+L) the PC. You will need to dismiss the lock screen to to see the sign-in screen and sign in to Windows.

The lock screen background picture will show on the sign-in screen by default.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable show lock screen background on the sign-in screen for your account or all users in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Show Lock Screen Background on Sign-in Screen for Current User in Settings
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Show Lock Screen Background on Sign-in Screen for Current User in Registry Editor
  • Option Three: Enable or Disable Show Lock Screen Background on Sign-in Screen for All Users using REG file


EXAMPLE: Show lock screen background on sign-in screen turn on and off
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OPTION ONE

Turn On or Off Show Lock Screen Background on Sign-in Screen for Current User in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Personalization on the left side, and click/tap on Lock screen on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3 Turn On (default) or Off Show the lock screen background picture on the sign-in screen for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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4 You can now close Settings if you like.





OPTION TWO

Turn On or Off Show Lock Screen Background on Sign-in Screen for Current User in Settings


This option changes the same setting in Option One.


1 Open Windows Terminal, and select Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell.

2 Copy and paste the wmic useraccount get domain,name,sid command into the terminal, and press Enter to find the SID for all accounts. Make note of the SID (ex: "S-1-5-21-287225801-2666723749-2829572351-1001") for the account you want to turn on or off Show the lock screen background picture on the sign-in screen for. (see screenshot below)

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3 Open Registry Editor (regedit.exe).

4 Navigate to the registry key location below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SystemProtectedUserData\<SID>\AnyoneRead\LockScreen

Substitute <SID> in the path above with the actual SID from step 2.

For example:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SystemProtectedUserData\S-1-5-21-287225801-2666723749-2829572351-1001\AnyoneRead\LockScreen


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5 In the right pane of the LockScreen key, double click/tap on the HideLogonBackgroundImage DWORD value to modify it. (see screenshot above)

6 Change the "value data" to 0 (on - default) or 1 (off) for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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7 You can now close Windows Terminal and Registry Editor if you like.





OPTION THREE

Enable or Disable Show Lock Screen Background on Sign-in Screen for All Users using REG file


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you want.


2 Enable Show Lock Screen Background on Sign-in Screen

This is the default setting to allow users to use Option One and Option Two.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Enable_sign-in_screen_background_image_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]
"DisableLogonBackgroundImage"=-

3 Disable Show Lock Screen Background on Sign-in Screen

This will disable showing a sign-in screen background image.

This will remove the Show the lock screen background picture on the sign-in screen setting in Option One, and prevents Option Two from working.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Disable_sign-in_screen_background_image_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]
"DisableLogonBackgroundImage"=dword:00000001

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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