In today’s Ask the Admin, I’ll show you how to set the Windows 10 lock screen to use Windows Spotlight, and disable the Windows Hero image on the sign-in screen.
In general, the visual design of Windows 10 is an improvement over Windows 8, and light years beyond Windows XP and 7. But I’ve never liked the sign-in screen’s Hero image that Microsoft, until version 1511, forced on users. Now it’s possible to at least disable it.
Additionally, there are several options for choosing the image that appears on the lock screen, including a feature called Windows Spotlight, that updates the image daily from Bing while learning about the images you approve of through a ‘like’ button.
Setting a custom desktop background has been a favorite customization option seemingly since the dawn of time, but I rarely see my desktop, and in Windows 10, I’m much more likely to see the lock screen.
To that end, Microsoft provides the option to set the lock screen to use a static background image, a slide show from the default Pictures folder, or any folder you choose, and the easiest solution of all, Windows Spotlight. My preference is for Windows Spotlight, as it provides elegant and inspiring images that make any device look beautiful.
To access the lock screen settings in Windows 10, you’ll need to open the Settings app.
Now in the preview box, you’ll see a sample image. If you press CTRL+L to lock your device, you should see the preview image on the lock screen.
The default Hero image can be disabled on the sign-in screen, leaving a solid color — your personalization color — instead. The setting is in the same place as the lock screen settings in the Settings app.