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Win8: How to Manage the Lock Screen Image on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
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You have deployed Windows 8 and or Windows Server 2012 servers
You want to use a customized lock screen image on these systems
You want a centrally managed method of deploying the customized lock screen image
The update “Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 cumulative update: November 2012”
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2770917/EN-US)adds functionality to the Control Panel group polices that allow an administrator to designate a lock screen image on their Windows 8 and Windows 2012 computers. This setting lets you specify the default lock screen image shown when no user is signed in, and also sets the specified images as the default for all users (it replaces the inbox default image) Some restriction apply. See the Restrictions section below.
The new group policy is named “Force a specific default lock screen image” and can be found in this path in the group policy editor: “Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization”
To deploy the new “Force a specific default lock screen image” GP the following requirements must be met:
Implementation Steps for Domain Based Group Policy
1. Patch the system with update “Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 cumulative update: November 2012” KB 2770917
2. Edit Local Policy
a. Run GPEDIT.MSC
b. Go this path “Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization”
c. Enable the GP “Force a specific default lock screen image”
d. Specify the path to the image file.
e. Click OK
3. Policy will be enforced as the next GP background refresh.
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