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    how to customise windows 8.1 Lock Screen

    Hello all,

    I am trying to setup my GPO for some Windows 8 Tablets.
    I think its all sorted, except for the login / lock screen.

    I want to set a custom image for all users, enforced through GPO but cannot work out how!

    I found this Microsoft KB article - Win8: How to Manage the Lock Screen Image on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 but this only applies to window 8 and server 2012, whereas I am using 8.1 and 2012 R2.

    my DCs are fully patched up to date, and the KB2770917 patch is available on wsus and approved, but is not relevant for these systems.

    the GPO setting it points to - “Force a specific default lock screen image” isn't available, even on a newly created GPO.

    any suggestions?

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    This setting is a Computer Configuration policy, rather than user - it won't show up in the User Configuration section.

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    Sorry, to clarify

    I want to set this on the Computer so all users get it, even when no-one is logged in.

    I have opened GP Editor on my 2012 R2 Domain controller and under Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization, I do not have the "Force a specific default lock screen image" policy.

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    By Lock screen do you mean the image seen oncethe user has logged out or the message screen the pops up prior to login, we did it on 8 by setting the GPO in computer configuration but it had to be done locally as the server wasn't able to control it.

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    the image that you have to swipe away to get the login prompt, either when the machine boots or is locked.

    - This one Default-Windows-8.1-RTM-lock-screen-image.png

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    Check to make sure that you have copied the latest ControlPanel.admx and ControlPanelDisplay.admx from C:\Windows\Policydefinitions on the DC into \\domain.name\sysvol\domain.name\policies\PolicyDe finitions (including the matching .adml from the en-US folder).

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    that was it, forgot about copying policies to the share.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_Jones View Post
    I do not have the "Force a specific default lock screen image" policy.
    Download the latest group policy templates for Windows 8.1 Update & IE11 and copy them to your Central Store.




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