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How to Disable the Windows 10 Sign In Hero Image

Microsoft launched Windows 10 with a little pizzazz back in July. Leading up to its big launch of the new OS, the company worked with San Francisco graphic designer Bradley G. Munkowitz to create a new Hero image. The process of establishing it used special lighting effects that became the default image you see when you start up your Windows 10 device or PC.

It looks good but if you find that it’s too dark or just aren’t a fan of it, you might want to get rid of it.

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The default Windows 10 Sign in screen with Hero image.

The initial public build of Windows 10 (10240) did not have a built-in option to disable it. However, some third-party solutions became available. Unfortunately, they did not work as intended. We detailed our experiences trying to use one of them. Thankfully, Microsoft started listening to the complaints and added an option to disable it in the November Update from within the Personalization settings. Let’s take a quick look at how to do it.

Disable Windows 10 Background Picture

To disable the Hero image, go to Start > Settings > Personalization.

Windows 10 Personalizaton

Next select Lock Screen from the left pane. Then scroll down and toggle off Show Windows background picture on the sign-in screen.

disable background image

That’s all there is to it! To verify it works just hit Windows Key+L to lock your PC and you’ll see the background image is gone. Instead, you’ll see a simple solid blue background instead.

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There is an interesting story behind how Microsoft decided on its Hero image. If you want to learn more about it and how it was created, check out the behind the video below.

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4 Responses to How to Disable the Windows 10 Sign In Hero Image

  1. Sonjia December 16, 2015 at 6:53 am #

    I’m the only one using my PC, and I don’t lock it, but just bought a small laptop, and I would lock it. I was hoping to have my desk top here at home to boot straight to the desktop and not show this screen at all. Is there a way to do that?

  2. healing_beads April 15, 2017 at 10:58 pm #

    THANK YOU! I finally get off the annoying default background picture.

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