How to restrict users from customizing lock screen in Windows 8 and 8.1

By | September 16, 2014
Windows-8


Lock screen is the new feature that is added by Microsoft to Windows 8 and 8.1, which is displayed just before the Login or Welcome screen. Login screen displays the current day, date and time, battery and the internet connection status. It also shows the status and notifications of the various metro apps. If you don’t like the lock screen you can customize your lock screen appearance. Yes, you can change the Lock screen background image with any wallpaper you like, enable the slide show using the Control Panel. 



Sometimes you want other users to restrict from the customizing lock screen appearance using the control panel page. Here is the tutorial explaining how to restrict the users from customizing the lock screen in Windows 8 and 8.1.



We can do it in two methods,



  • Using Group policy editor
  • Using Registry editor

How to restrict users from customizing lock screen in Windows 8 and 8.1

Method 1 : Using Group policy editor

  • First open the run from the start menu or using Win+R launch the RUN dialog box, and type gpedit.msc and hit enter and it will open Group Policy editor.
    lock-screen
  • Now go to Configuration>Administrative templates>Control Panel>Personalization
  • In the right side pane,
    • To restrict users from changing lock screen background
      Double-click on “Prevent changing lock screen image” option and set its value to “Enabled”.
    • To restrict users from enabling image slide show on lock screen
      Double click on “Prevent enabling lock screen slide show” option and set its value to “Enabled”.
    • To restrict users from enabling camera on lock screen
      Double click on “Prevent enabling lock screen camera” option and set its value to “Enabled”.
  • Now it will disable the options to change the lock screen background to enable the image slide show and the Camera app in the PC settings and users will not be able to access these options.

Method 2 : Using Registry editor

  • Type regedit in the run dialog box and hit enter, it will open register editor.
    disable-lock-screen-group-policy
  • Now go to the key
    HKEY_Local_Machine\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization
    If you don’t find the “Personalization” key create it manually.

    • In the right side pane,
      • To restrict users from changing lock screen background
        Create new DWORD NoChangingLockScreen and set its value to 1.
      • To restrict users from enabling image slide show on lock screen
        Create new DWORD NoLockScreenWindow and set its value to 1.
      • To restrict users from enabling camera on lock screen
        Create new DWORD NoLockScreenCamera and set its value to 1.

If you want to these features in future then follow the same procedure and it set their values to 0.



Author: Peter Jacksonn

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