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Does anyone know the actual path used for the Windows 8 lock screen background image, or if it has a registry key? Is it even stored as a file? I know how to change it, I want to recover the image currently in use.


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Look in the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\SystemData\S-1-5-18\ReadOnly directory. Under that you should see some sub-dirs like LockScreen_X, LockScreen_Y, LockScreen_Z etc. Each one will contain a different wallpaper named something like LockScreen___Width_Height.jpg (basically the images you selected, but resized/cropped to fit your screen resolution).

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Interesting, Windows won't actually allow me to look in SystemData at all, I'm loathed to take ownership (assuming it will even let me) in case that messes everythihng else up :/ –  Ian Nov 1 '12 at 11:19
I didn't mind (taking ownership) since I did it in a VM. :) Maybe you can try accessing the files by using a Linux LiveCD/USB? –  Karan Nov 1 '12 at 15:17
How infuriating, I'll give it a go with a live cd and see what I can find. –  Ian Nov 1 '12 at 21:33

The image for the lock screen is located in C:\Windows\Web\Screen. The image name is img000.png

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Thanks, for my system that includes the default screens, but not my lock screen, or a file called img000.png :/ –  Ian Oct 31 '12 at 17:25

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