Lock screen image disappeared

While Windows 10 has been available for over a year now, there are still lingering bugs that have yet to be resolved. Microsoft has shifted its approach by turning Windows into a service that receives regular updates instead of major new releases. This suggests that these bugs will eventually be rectified. Some were supposed to be fixed with the Anniversary Update, and indeed, some were, but this update also introduced new issues.

One particular problem revolves around the lock screen. Prior to the Anniversary Update, when you pressed a key or swiped up the lock screen to access the sign-in screen, you had the option to choose between a solid color background and Windows’ default image. This could be customized through a registry key. However, with the update, Microsoft made some changes. Now, you can choose to have your lock screen background appear on the sign-in screen as well, but it doesn’t always function as expected.

To enable Windows animations and hopefully resolve this issue, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard and type “Lock screen settings.” Open the search result to access the lock screen settings.
  2. Scroll down until you find the option labeled “Show lock screen background picture on the sign-in screen.” Ensure that it is set to “ON.”
  3. Press the Windows key again and type “This PC.” Right-click on the search result and select “Properties” from the drop-down menu.
  4. In the System window, locate “Advanced system settings” on the left side and click on it to open the System Properties window.
  5. Within the Advanced tab, click the “Settings” button under “Performance.”
  6. Find the option “Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing” and check it. Then click “OK” to close the dialog box and save the settings.

It may seem unrelated, but several users have reported that enabling this setting can indeed resolve the lock screen background issue. Hopefully, Microsoft will address this problem in a future update to the operating system. In the meantime, following these steps should help you display your lock screen background image on the sign-in screen as well.”

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