Windows 10 Quick Tips – Lock Screen Images


Lock Screen Images

The Lock Screen is one of those places in which we spend very little time. It’s there, we use it for a few seconds, then it’s gone until our next re-boot. One nice thing about the Lock Screen, sometimes, are the background images. Some of them are actually quite nice and would make a great Desktop background (wallpaper).

These images are stored on your system drive which means you have access to them if you know where to look. This week’s Quick Tips article will show you how to find and use them as your desktop wallpaper.

Where To Find Them

You will find these images buried in your User Profile folder.

  1. Open File Explorer
  2. Follow this path: %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets

That should bring you to a folder that looks similar to this:

assets-folder

You will be presented with a list of cryptic-looking files with no extensions. You will need to copy all these files to a temporary folder of your choosing. The easiest way to do this is to use CTRL + A to select them all, then right-click and choose Copy. You can now Paste them into your chosen temporary work folder.


Note: You may be presented with a warning pop-up window. Ignore this and click OK.

Hidden Files

If you can’t see these files, then change the File Explorer settings to show hidden files:

  1. In File Explorer, click the View tab
  2. Check the box labeled Hidden items

file-explorer-hidden-files

Give Them all An Extension

Once you have copied all these files, you will want to rename them so they all have the JPG extension. Probably the easiest way to do this is to use the Command Box. With File Explorer showing your temporary work folder and all the files you just copied there, do the following:

  1. In the File Explorer address bar, type cmd and hit Enter. That should open a Command Prompt in the current directory
  2. At the prompt, type ren *.* *.jpg and hit Enter
  3. Close the Command Box

command-box-directory

Note: I copied the files to “E:\Archive\Temp” which is a temporary work folder I use for this very type of monkeying around. It is extremely important that the Command Prompt is showing the directory where you have copied all those files. If you are in the wrong directory, you can really muck things up. Be careful!! The Command Prompt does not have an Undo option! It is a powerful force with no conscience whatsoever.

Cleaning Things Up

Change the View in File Explorer so it shows you either medium or large icons. You will find these options under the View tab. You should now be seeing something like this:


image-thumbnails

Many image thumbnails you will see are really not usable as desktop wallpaper. What you are looking for are those which show up in Landscape mode, like the ones in the red circles above. To clean things up and make it easier for you, it might be a good idea to delete those other ones similar to those indicated by the red arrows.

Note: The portrait images may be useful for a smart phone or other similar device.

When you are finished, you should be left with a number of images that you can now use as your Desktop Wallpaper.

Where To Put Them

Windows 10 stores its wallpaper images in this default directory: C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper\Windows 10

You can copy any image you have found and like into this directory and have Windows display it for you as a Desktop background. Once you have done this, you can empty out your temporary work folder to save disk space and to generally tidy things up. I don’t like cruft on my system.

As always, if you have any helpful suggestions or comments, please share them with us,

Richard

About the Author

Richard Pedersen

Richard received his first computer, a C-64, in 1982 as a gift and began dabbling in BASIC. He was hooked! His love for computing has led him from the old “XT” boxes to the more modern fare and from clunky 10MB hard drives to smooth and fast modern day SSD drives. He has run BBS services, Fido mail, and even operated his own computer repair business.

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