How to disable the logon screen background image on Windows 10

Now you can get rid of the background image in the logon screen, and here is how you can do it.

Disabling the sign-in default background picture on Windows 10

After installing Windows 10 in your computer, one of the first things you’ll notice is the new default Windows logo wallpaper made out of light at the logon screen. While it’s a great image design after sometime of using the new operating system, you may find yourself in the situation where you want to change that image or remove it completely.

Now, because Microsoft is moving toward to “Windows as a Service” update model, there are a lot of incomplete features or things that don’t currently work, but they will get updated in due time. This is the example with the default background in the sign-in screen, which you can’t change or remove.

Previously, we have to resource to a workaround to disable the background modifying the registry, but it’s not the right solution. In Windows 10 build 10547 and later, the software giant is making some changes. While the company isn’t yet providing a way to change the default Windows 10 wallpaper, it’s giving us the option to disable the background picture on the sign-in screen.

If you don’t like the background on the logon screen follow these steps to disable it:

Disable logon screen background

  1. Use the Windows key + I to open the Settings app.

  2. Go to Personalization and navigate to the Lock screen settings.

  3. A the bottom of the settings page, you’ll find a new option called “Show Windows background picture on the sign-in screen”. To disable the background picture simply make sure the pill switch is in the Off position.

You’re now done. To see the changes reboot or lock your computer and try to sign-in again, and you will see that the default wallpaper has been replaced by a solid color background, which comes from the current color accent in your profile.

Although, you can’t currently change the background to anything else, it’s a welcome addition, and who knows, perhaps future updates may include additional changes, such as the ability to choose your own background image.

How do you like this new change? Do you want Microsoft to include an option to allow you change the default wallpaper as well? Tell us in the comments below.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 15 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 21 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].