Windows 8 to have customizable lockscreen

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Only three days after Windows 8 build 7955 officially leaked on a private FTP server, and slipped onto public filesharing websites, hackers have uncovered even more windows 8 secrets.

Although this may not be surprising at first, it does go in the right direction for Microsoft to make Windows 8 completely customizable, right down to the last detail.

Alex Reed, aka Xeraxic, has managed to unlock a feature in Windows 8 build 7955 that allows the user to use their desktop wallpaper as their lockscreen. Combined with the auto-wallpaper in Windows 8, users will hopefully have a unique lockscreen everytime they sit down at their computer.

MetroLockscreenWallpaper

Reed posted how to enable the feature in Windows 8 7955 by editing the theme file found under

C:\Windows\Resources\Ease of Access Themes\basic.theme

Change the line that says:

SetLogonBackground=0

to

SetLogonBackground=1

Reboot your computer, and you'll have Windows 8 lockscreen wallpaper.

According to a member on the MDL forums, this feature will be available in Windows 8 when it officially releases by a checkbox. For now, Windows 8 build 7955 requires a registry hack.

Image credit: xeraxic.com

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Critical Error said,
How could I get to this lockscreen? When I press WinKey + L I just get the logon screen...
What about if you press Ctr.+Alt+Del? Do you see a "Lock Screen" option?

Oh yeah, and to see the lock screen you have to be logged in before pressing Win+L (not sure if you're logged in or not).

ThePitt said,
thats nice. I really like the idea but I wont pay 300 bucks for this

Thats right, Windows 8 is done. What they have been doing all of this time was to add the ability to change the background on the lock screen. That is all you are paying for. /s

I see a couple people mentioning that yea, in Win 7 you can change the login screen. But if you watch the 7955 videos again (or try the thing in a VM), you'll notice that the locked screen and login screens are using different backgrounds.. (the "weird guy" on the locked screen versus the "floral thing" on the logon screen.) (Edit: Thanks TechDudeGeorge, just beat me to it.)

Also guys, get it right. This is different to the logon screen. In 7/Vista they all use the same picture for logon. The fishy blue wallpaper is what's changed by OEM Background. This is different and new to 8.

TechDudeGeorge said,
Also guys, get it right. This is different to the logon screen. In 7/Vista they all use the same picture for logon. The fishy blue wallpaper is what's changed by OEM Background. This is different and new to 8.

Huh?

What Login picture are you talking about that is always the same? Your user account picture is the only other picture on the login screen.

OEMs have had the ability (and any end user that sets the key in the registry) to change the login screen background going back to Windows NT 3.1 if I remember right, at least NT 4.0 for sure.

This feature is all about it being a part of the user UI options, instead of a registry setting, so that it works like the ZuneHD and WP7, as the login process is becoming more consistent.

thenetavenger said,

Huh?

What Login picture are you talking about that is always the same? Your user account picture is the only other picture on the login screen.

OEMs have had the ability (and any end user that sets the key in the registry) to change the login screen background going back to Windows NT 3.1 if I remember right, at least NT 4.0 for sure.

This feature is all about it being a part of the user UI options, instead of a registry setting, so that it works like the ZuneHD and WP7, as the login process is becoming more consistent.

Sigh...In Windows 7 when you lock the Computer/Are on the Logon screen/shutting down or on etc it's all the same blue image.

But in Windows 8 there are 3, the lockscreen (Win+L) is plain blue/ The Touch or CTRL+ALT+Delete is this creepy guy. Then the image you can change in the regestry is the blue fish one that's displayed when logging on or off and picking your user.

like it's been mentioned in the comments, you can also use a registry hack or similar to do it on windows. dell does it, I guess other oems too

Its not new... in Windows 8. You can do the same in Windows 7.
This setting is used by OEMs to set custom background on logon screen.
Checkout - Change OEM Background in Windows 7 (http://bit.ly/9nH1Ql)
and Fix: OEM Logon UI background is switched to default background after applying built-in Windows 7 Desktop themes (http://bit.ly/ltCvrZ)

MarkusDarkus said,
Huh. I already have this in win 7 and had it in XP.

It's not turned on by default. It's implied here that it will be an easy feature/option that you can set vs. using a registry mod or third party program.

MarkusDarkus said,
Huh. I already have this in win 7 and had it in XP.

In Win XP and 7 it's a hack, it's not a user feature as such.

Tony. said,
What would be nice is Email notifications and stuff, just like the WP7 lockscreen.

That could be coming, seeing how this new lockscreen has been done with tablets in mind etc then that same sorta quick info you also get on WP7 could make it's way to this.

GP007 said,

That could be coming, seeing how this new lockscreen has been done with tablets in mind etc then that same sorta quick info you also get on WP7 could make it's way to this.

It already displays Wireless info and Battery info (On my laptop). Im sure more will come, even more so with the introduction of linked WLID's.

This was known long back since the WithinWindows posts. Why aren't Neowin writers sharp enough to notice features long "exposed" by other sites?

Xeraxic said,

I must be blind, because i can't see a tutorial on how todo that on that post.

But.. but.. no.. Neowin is bad, Neowin was last, they said it, it's true, the cake is a lie.

Jan said,

But.. but.. no.. Neowin is bad, Neowin was last, they said it, it's true, the cake is a lie.


Did someone say cake?

FYI, you can do this in Windows 7 already, it's just not as "end user" friendly as it requires a registry change. I do it at work to replace our logon screen with our corp background.

http://www.withinwindows.com/2...i-background-customization/

or turn it on via GPO/LPO

http://www.grouppolicy.biz/201...se-custom-logon-background/

You could do this on XP with a registry key as well.
Vista didn't allow you to do it without modifying system .dlls which was a step backwards

DrCheese said,
FYI, you can do this in Windows 7 already, it's just not as "end user" friendly as it requires a registry change. I do it at work to replace our logon screen with our corp background.

http://www.withinwindows.com/2...i-background-customization/

or turn it on via GPO/LPO

http://www.grouppolicy.biz/201...se-custom-logon-background/

You could do this on XP with a registry key as well.
Vista didn't allow you to do it without modifying system .dlls which was a step backwards

There is a program to do it too btw. lol. I worked on it with Julien Manici. It is called Windows7LogonBackgroundChanger (I know, not very clever). lol. Here is the link: http://bit.ly/2CWSE4

winlonghorn said,

There is a program to do it too btw. lol. I worked on it with Julien Manici. It is called Windows7LogonBackgroundChanger (I know, not very clever). lol. Here is the link: http://bit.ly/2CWSE4

Thanks for the link! I didn't know there ws one out there besides the Stardock version. It is really well done!

DrCheese said,
FYI, you can do this in Windows 7 already, it's just not as "end user" friendly as it requires a registry change. I do it at work to replace our logon screen with our corp background.

http://www.withinwindows.com/2...i-background-customization/

or turn it on via GPO/LPO

http://www.grouppolicy.biz/201...se-custom-logon-background/

You could do this on XP with a registry key as well.
Vista didn't allow you to do it without modifying system .dlls which was a step backwards

The .theme string mentioned in the article above is available on Windows 7 as well. Just not well known.

An excerpt from the Windows 7 aero.theme file


; Copyright © Microsoft Corp.

[Theme]
; Windows 7 - IDS_THEME_DISPLAYNAME_AERO
DisplayName=@%SystemRoot%\System32\themeui.dll,-2013
SetLogonBackground=0

Heh.

briangw said,

Thanks for the link! I didn't know there ws one out there besides the Stardock version. It is really well done!

No problem. : ) Thank you. He developed the core program and I developed additional features for it. I am still working on it a little at a time too (including Windows 7 Library support).

DrCheese said,
FYI, you can do this in Windows 7 already, it's just not as "end user" friendly as it requires a registry change. I do it at work to replace our logon screen with our corp background.

but!! you don't have pretty metro fonts displaying the date and time!

nyolc8 said,
What is "Windows Security button"? (it says at the top)

You'll typically see those on tablets and some notebooks, it's basically just doing the ctrl-alt-del keystroke from one button.

nyolc8 said,
What is "Windows Security button"? (it says at the top)

I'm wodering that too as I don't see any button on the screen, besides the accesibility one.

robert_dll said,

I'm wodering that too as I don't see any button on the screen, besides the accesibility one.

See Jen's comment above

robert_dll said,

I'm wodering that too as I don't see any button on the screen, besides the accesibility one.

On the tablet laptop I use at work, the Windows security button is an indented button you have to press with the stylus pen to log on. Which is a godsend and for some reason you cant seem to press ctrl+alt+del using the onscreen keyboard, it just doesn't seem to work.

Well that comes as no surprise. The background we have seen before would never be set as default without the option to change it ^^

Nice, but I think you should be able to have a rotating background like you can have with wallpapers. The log in screen could act similar to a screen saver.

In fact, why not use the wallpapers?

brianshapiro said,
Nice, but I think you should be able to have a rotating background like you can have with wallpapers. The log in screen could act similar to a screen saver.

In fact, why not use the wallpapers?

+1. I think that would be an excellent setting.

Soldiers33 said,
good for schools and so on. But I rarely see the lockscreen, only in the morning and thats about it.

Good for you. Since facebook I see lockscreens +10 times a day.

Soldiers33 said,
good for schools and so on. But I rarely see the lockscreen, only in the morning and thats about it.

Many buisnesses have policies set to lock the workstations after so many minutes of inactivity.

Paradox^ said,

Good for you. Since facebook I see lockscreens +10 times a day.

Yeh same i use it when im off to take a dump or get a drink or go for a shower or something !

Nice, one of the first things I thought to myself when I saw the previous videos was "I wonder what trick I'll have to do to get rid of that creepy guy on that locked desktop screen"

Jen Smith said,
Nice, one of the first things I thought to myself when I saw the previous videos was "I wonder what trick I'll have to do to get rid of that creepy guy on that locked desktop screen"
same. +1

Jen Smith said,
Nice, one of the first things I thought to myself when I saw the previous videos was "I wonder what trick I'll have to do to get rid of that creepy guy on that locked desktop screen"

What's more creepy is the amount of dishes in your kitchen that need to be taken care of.