The path of the Lock screen images is in “C:\Windows\web\screen”

You have to paste the image here.




Change Lock Screen Background Image using “PC settings” in Windows 8.1

1. Open PC settings, and either click/tap on Lock screen on the right side or click/tap on PC & devices on the left side. (see screenshot below)
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2. Click/tap on Lock screen on the left side of PC & devices, and do step 3 or 4 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)
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3. To Select a Default or Previously Used Image as Lock Screen Background
A) On the right side under Background, click/tap on one of the five images that had been previously chosen as the lock screen background, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below step.

Windows 8 provides many flexible ways to customize the system. For many users the classic method for changing the Lock Screen is blocked. This tech-recipes tutorial will show you how to change the Lock screen through the Group Policy Editor and Regedit in case the built-in option is disabled.


Previously, I have covered how to change the Lock Screen, Start Screen and account picture using the Settings section. However, many users find this section locked. If it is locked, you can use either the Group Policy editor or hack the registry to make these changes.

Group Policy Editor

1. Press Win key + R to open the Run dialog, type in gpedit.msc and hit Enter to open the Group Policy Editor.

run window

2. In the Group Policy Editor window, navigate to Administrative Templates -> Control Panel -> Personalization.

group policy personalization

3. On the right hand side of the window, double-click on the Force a specific default lock screen image option.

force a specific default lock screen image

4. Change the state of this setting to Enabled and provide the location of the image which you want to set as the lock screen in the Path to lock screen image field.

enable lock screen image

5. Hit the OK button to save the setting