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      • #2087457 Reply
        Tracey Capen
        AskWoody MVP

        LANGALIST By Fred Langa The default Win10 lock screen is awful — a cluttered mess of ads, random impersonal images, and vanilla system information. Bu
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      • #2087462 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        I have the Windows spotlight photo on my lock screen.  What is most annoying me to me is there is no ID of the photo, such as where it was taken.

        And no, I don’t see any ads on my lock screen.  But I might have them blown away with one of the tweaking apps that I use.

      • #2087469 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        Perhaps this warrants a new thread.

        I have always been curious about where the lock screen images are from.  In particular, where is the cave on the beach, the lady runner on the (same?) beach, and the mountain lake?

        Can anyone enlighten me?

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        • #2087555 Reply
          JC Zorkoff
          AskWoody Plus

          To find the Lock Screen Images in Windows 10, look at the files in


          There are other folders in the Web folder with other images.

          Access to this folder is restricted. If you want to play with the images directly, you will have to take ownership.


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      • #2087478 Reply
        AskWoody Lounger

        In most cases with Windows Spotlight, there’s a “Like what you see?” option in the top right. Hover over this to see where the photo was taken. You don’t always see it on a cold boot but you should when the session is locked or when woken from sleep.

        Personally, I love it. Even on Windows 8.1 I had an app to set the lock screen background to that day’s Bing image.

      • #2087479 Reply

        Ads would make me quite angry.  They have no place on a commercial product.

        Otherwise, I’m not very concerned about the look of the lock screen.  I just need a spot to enter the password.  I won’t be looking at it for long!

        On Windows 8.1, it was just the basic bluish-purple with a generic silhouette for the avatar-like thing, the way it came “out of the box,” and I never bothered to find out if it could be changed.

        In Neon, I am just using the picture that came with the default greeter.  It’s abstract, not depicting anything in particular, as far as I know.

        Group "L" (KDE Neon User Edition 5.18.3).

      • #2087480 Reply
        AskWoody Lounger

        I’ve never seen any advertising on it myself, maybe because I’m outside the US? It does sometimes have some links related to the photo but it’s more trivia than advertising.

      • #2087550 Reply
        AskWoody MVP

        That’s one of the first things I changed when I made the move to Windows 10 a couple of years ago.  On my Standard user account I changed the lock screen to one of my own images, and in Themes I changed the background image to a slideshow of my own images.  The images and slideshows were already there from the upgrade from Windows 7  (I don’t do clean installs).

        For my Admin account, I left it as is, because I don’t stay there for any length of time.  That account is reserved for some maintenance work which requires one to logged into an account in the Administrators group.

        Create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates, in case you need to start over!
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      • #2087551 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        I’d previously tweaked many of the settings Fred recommends. As a result, my current lock screen displays only the bare essentials such as date and time. Though I too would prefer a different image other than the open-to-the-sea cave photo, the options open to me in “Background” are: Picture, Solid Color or Slideshow. There is no Windows Spotlight choice. It’s currently set on Slideshow as there are more than 300 4K images configured to shuffle. My concern is that should I choose “Picture” for that particular setting I might lose the slide show.

        What further options are available to me?

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      • #2087651 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        My work lock/login screen mimics the look of a DHS secure network login, because I’m silly like that.

        My home ThinkPad, the Secret Service.

        I also have fun ones for the ATF and FBI (I make them with cool department badges or seals found through an image search). Always gives novice users a double-take when they see me sign in. =)

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      • #2087649 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        Perhaps it’s because I’m still running 1809? I don’t get a “Spotlight” option or the On/Off switch. Any suggestions?

      • #2087701 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        My bad, sorry! I failed to click on “Lock screen” so I was in the “Background” area instead. I wound up changing that to my dismay, but finally figured out how to get it back the way it was. After I finally woke up and selected “Lock screen” it worked exactly as advertised. I no longer have those irritating things on the screen plus have a nice picture of my choosing.

      • #2087703 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        Looks like chaloots did the same thing I did. Be sure to select “Lock screen” before proceeding.

        • #2087791 Reply
          AskWoody Plus

          Thanks for this tip, CSquared80. I see now which setting is which. Grazie.

          I’m still concerned that changing the ‘correct’ Background setting from my preferred slideshow to Picture will negate the slideshow. It would be much appreciated if anyone would chime in to verify that, one way or another.

          The duration of a minute depends on which side of the bathroom door you're on.

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