A look at the default lock screen Wallpapers in Windows 8

With Windows 8 users are finally able to customize their lock screens out of the box, rather than having to use a program or registry tweak to achieve the same results in earlier versions of Windows.

The RTM version of Windows already includes examples of some great looking wallpapers, but you aren't stuck with those like you are with the Start Screen patterns, you can also browse to any folder and select your own image to display in the lock screen.

The only thing missing from this feature, is the ability to to select multiple wallpapers that switch with timed intervals, which we think would be great to have. Maybe someone will come up with a program or tweak that does just that.

Below for your viewing pleasure are the default lockscreens included within Windows 8.











You can check out more Windows 8 stories using this tag, or view our timeline of events since the RTM of Windows was announced.

As a reminder, Windows 8 will be made available on August 15th for MSDN and TechNet subscribers, and on October 26th for retail purchase. Although pricing has yet to be confirmed, a rumor suggests that Windows 8 Pro could be made available for around $70 dollars, or at the confirmed $39.95 upgrade time-limited offer.

Thanks for the tip Sarvesh.

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Looks fine on my 2560x1600 screens

What's the problem? Change it up if you don't like it. Better optimize the picture at that resolution. It can be a monster

They're still only 1920 x 1200 pixels, or 1920 x 1200 dual monitor, in size... I'm guessing the same goes for the Start screen selection? Us with larger resolution screens can now enjoy blurry backgrounds with no way of changing them. Nice one Microsoft!

Edited by .Neo, Aug 9 2012, 11:12am :

.Neo said,
They're still only 1920 x 1200 pixels, or 1920 x 1200 dual monitor, in size... I'm guessing the same goes for the Start screen selection? Us with larger resolution screens can now enjoy blurry backgrounds with no way of changing them. Nice one Microsoft!

Someone will figure out how. Just give it time.

.Neo said,
They're still only 1920 x 1200 pixels, or 1920 x 1200 dual monitor, in size... I'm guessing the same goes for the Start screen selection? Us with larger resolution screens can now enjoy blurry backgrounds with no way of changing them. Nice one Microsoft!

I'm not sure they had people with larger monitors in mind when they made this OS.

.Neo said,
They're still only 1920 x 1200 pixels, or 1920 x 1200 dual monitor, in size... I'm guessing the same goes for the Start screen selection? Us with larger resolution screens can now enjoy blurry backgrounds with no way of changing them. Nice one Microsoft!
I believe the start screen uses vectors http://www.imgftw.net/img//717335835.png i'll post the other designs if you want to see.

Does anyone think you'd be able to purchase the upgrade, then dual boot it? Or for the key to work correctly, and for it to tell you have a version of windows that qualifies for the upgrade that you'll have to upgrade over it?

xpclient said,

And the point of that is to look at the Lock screen?

I lock my computer often anytime I walk away from it

I wish Microsoft would stop compressing the wallpapers they include in Windows cause they look very bad, also wake up Microsoft it isn't 2007 anymore the standard resolution is not 1920x1200, none of the photographs fit my 27" iMac

Aaron Olive said,
I wish Microsoft would stop compressing the wallpapers they include in Windows cause they look very bad, also wake up Microsoft it isn't 2007 anymore the standard resolution is not 1920x1200, none of the photographs fit my 27" iMac

Dude, nothing is stopping you from getting your own lock screen images!!

ingramator said,

Dude, nothing is stopping you from getting your own lock screen images!!

That's not a good excuse, i like the ones they have, they shouldn't be so low in quality.

Aaron Olive said,
I wish Microsoft would stop compressing the wallpapers they include in Windows cause they look very bad, also wake up Microsoft it isn't 2007 anymore the standard resolution is not 1920x1200, none of the photographs fit my 27" iMac

Actually the majority do still have 1920x1200 or lower.

shinji257 said,

Actually the majority do still have 1920x1200 or lower.

Yup, if you have over 1200 then you don't have anything near an average-sized monitor. Expecting someone to shell out images larger than that is a bit odd. I'm sure you thought about that when you bought your monitor though.

Also, I'm curious to know what your experience is like with such a large monitor using metro.

Aaron Olive said,
I wish Microsoft would stop compressing the wallpapers they include in Windows cause they look very bad, also wake up Microsoft it isn't 2007 anymore the standard resolution is not 1920x1200, none of the photographs fit my 27" iMac

Good luck with that, you've already got too many idiots claiming Windows is "bloated" as it is, this would only add to the "bloat".

Aaron Olive said,
wake up Microsoft it isn't 2007 anymore the standard resolution is not 1920x1200, none of the photographs fit my 27" iMac

You *what*? No, 1920x1200 certainly isn't the standard resolution, and the current 'high' end is about 1920x1080. The most common resolution is around 1366x768.

Ideas Man said,

Good luck with that, you've already got too many idiots claiming Windows is "bloated" as it is, this would only add to the "bloat".

OS X mountain Lion has photo's at 3200x2000 and the install package is 4.05GB vs Windows 8 Enterprise x64 3.25GB, a difference of 800MB which is not much.

Also this is a comparison http://cl.ly/image/2z46192j0w13

I don't see why they couldn't also include the ones from previous releases, just to have that much more choice. The amount of wallpapers and lockscreens is rather disappointing in terms of quantity.

Panda X said,
I don't see why they couldn't also include the ones from previous releases, just to have that much more choice. The amount of wallpapers and lockscreens is rather disappointing in terms of quantity.

And quality, too.

Yeah, I liked the ones in the preview releases better. But that doesn't stop me from using them in RTM version, so that's ok.

Panda X said,
I don't see why they couldn't also include the ones from previous releases, just to have that much more choice. The amount of wallpapers and lockscreens is rather disappointing in terms of quantity.

I couldn't agree more. The lock screens are worse than CP/RP in terms of overall quality. My only guess is that they want to make it harder for low-life's selling pre-RTM OS's on purchased machines to people who don't know better.
The start screen images look like they have been lifted from Dell's design studio for laptop lids (Of which I am not a fan), not for an attractive modern OS.