Solved How can I disable microsoft Windows from sending wallpapers

January 10, 2016 at 05:41:35
Specs: Windows 10
Here we go again; it's a new day and I have a new question.
How do I stop the ever-annoying wallpaper selections which I get every single day from Microsoft/Windows 10? This started happening fairly recently. Each wallpaper asks "how do you like it?", yet if you hit "I don't like it", they still keep sending more, only different ones. What I really want is ZERO and have it stop. I have my own selections of wallpaper and find this to be extremely intrusive.

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January 10, 2016 at 13:34:57
I think I'll go back to DOS and Win-2; or possibly brave DOS with '9x... Win-10 does seem to be making a once simple life (login etc..) somewhat complicated...

edited to correct a typo...

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#1
January 10, 2016 at 06:42:45
Try Settings/Personalization/Lock Screen/Background. Set this to "Picture" instead of "Windows Spotlight".

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#2
January 10, 2016 at 07:58:59
I have three Win 10 computers but don't get this wallpaper stuff, although I tend to switch a lot of things off in settings.

If all else fails check to see if there is any malware disguising itself as MS, by running these three freebies in the order given

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#3
January 10, 2016 at 08:10:11
Inclined to agree with Derek on this one.. Run the cleaners he suggests... Hopefully they will deal with a probable pest once 'n for all...

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#4
January 10, 2016 at 08:11:08
"If all else fails check to see if there is any malware disguising itself as MS, by running these three freebies in the order given:"

It's not malware. It is a feature in the latest build of Windows 10 that can be enabled or disabled.


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#5
January 10, 2016 at 08:17:39
ijack

Thanks, I've amended my post - looks like I killed it off with the rest of the junk.

Also I have no Microsoft Account, only a local one.

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#6
January 10, 2016 at 09:13:01
Yes, I do have a personalized wallpaper. The Microsoft one appears when I first open the laptop at which time I hit my space bar to make it disappear. They are asking whether I like it or not (I think this some sort of promo they have going to see what people like). Next a sign- in screen appears (this is new as well...I don't require a sign in), I tap my space bar again and finally my chosen wallpaper appears. It seems like I have all these unnecessary steps to take whereas before I opened my laptop and my wallpaper was there. Now I have 2 additional layers before I can arrive at my wallpaper.

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#7
January 10, 2016 at 09:14:33
Ijack,
How do you disable???? I do not have a Microsoft account f.y.i. if it matters.

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January 10, 2016 at 09:34:34

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#9
January 10, 2016 at 10:00:52
Interesting. Mine is set to Windows Spotlight but I have no wallpaper prompts.

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#10
January 10, 2016 at 10:16:37
Your link is a great source for explaining how to change the Windows photo. I do know how to do that since I have changed it already. However, go to the bottom and read the first comment from "Diana". Her comment is exactly my situation. It's not so much the pictures, I don't want lock screen at all . Too many steps to get to what I want which is my wallpaper with my shortcuts.

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#11
January 10, 2016 at 10:24:03
I made a desktop shortcut with all my wallpapers in it. Two mouse clicks and I'm there.

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#12
January 10, 2016 at 10:36:09
More info about Windows spotlight on the lock screen and how you can turn it off or even disable it is HERE

i_Xp/Vista/W7/W10 User


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#13
January 10, 2016 at 11:15:59
I do not see "force a specific lock screen image" after I go to Personalization.
I did see however that windows spotlight is enabled by default...this is all part of the Lock Screen, right? I want to eliminate this step of "lock screen".

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#14
January 10, 2016 at 11:17:06
I'm not trying to get to my wallpapers with a shortcut. I'm trying to eliminate the LOCK SCREEN step (picture or no picture!). Is this even possible?

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#15
January 10, 2016 at 11:30:24
Hello everyone...I just found my answer on how to completely stop Windows Lock Screen (with or without pictures!)
http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/d...
While it looks to be a little bit over my head, I'm willing to try anything at this point to make it all go away!

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#16
January 10, 2016 at 11:49:55
It's not too bad if you take it step by step, although it might be wise to just familiarize yourself with the location first then back out without changing anything. It remembers where you last were unless you use CCleaner or some other process.

I'm still puzzled by why I don't get the pop-ups and I didn't use any registry fiddle. Do you actually use the lock screen and if so have you any need for it (others accessing your computer)? I don't use it so that could be a difference.

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#17
January 10, 2016 at 12:19:05
Exactly what pop-ups are you talking about? Do you meant the small Like What You See? text at the upper-right corner of the lock screen? I happen to like to see those gorgeous spotlight images appear on my monitor every time I awake the PC from sleep.

i_Xp/Vista/W7/W10 User

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#18
January 10, 2016 at 12:25:49
I am doing a major happy dance!!! The instructions worked like a charm (except there was one glitch: how to get to the registry). I completely ended the extra step of a Lock Screen! Now when I open my laptop the sign-in screen appears for about a split second ( I wouldn't mind getting rid of this additional screen as well) and goes immediately to my normal desktop which has my selected wallpaper with all my shortcuts. PHEW!!! My lap top is back to the way it was before Windows decided to take control over how I do things on my laptop. Since I don't have any other users (or the fear of a stranger using my laptop) I do not need this safety feature. I can see how it could be a good idea for some, but all it did for me is hold me up and take me through 2 extra steps to get to where I want to be : my desktop!
Sorry everyone, I have to select myself as the "best answer"! Thank you for your attempts at a solution.

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#19
January 10, 2016 at 12:28:40
As for Post 13, did you know that if you are running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise you won't have to open the registry to create the Dword NoLockScreen since it's part of the Group Policy Editor?

i_Xp/Vista/W7/W10 User

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#20
January 10, 2016 at 12:45:00
If you've sorted it then well and good. However if you are saying you used to have to click on an unnecessary lock screen then that is not the case on any of my three upgrades (two from Win 7, 1 and one from Win 8). I've checked and I have no registry hack either. All three computers go straight to Windows without further attention after powering them up.

There are some non-registry options here but I never used those either:
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...
I'm wondering if I've not run into your issue because my computers went straight to Windows before their upgrades.

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#21
January 10, 2016 at 13:34:57
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I think I'll go back to DOS and Win-2; or possibly brave DOS with '9x... Win-10 does seem to be making a once simple life (login etc..) somewhat complicated...

edited to correct a typo...

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#22
January 10, 2016 at 13:55:40
Oh dear... In all modesty, and being "serious for a moment (not always my main contribution here..), I think one or more of the earlier responses here warrant the accolade of "Best Answer..."

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#23
January 10, 2016 at 14:04:29
Nah, don't be modest trvlr. I tend to agree, although XP (fully supported) would be far back enough for me - with DOS prompt of-course.

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#24
January 10, 2016 at 14:21:45
Yes - XP + DOS might be very viable...;and one "could" also have '9x in there too...

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#25
January 10, 2016 at 16:09:20
Now, how do you get rid of the sign-in screen???

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#26
January 10, 2016 at 16:42:46
See here:

http://www.addictivetips.com/window...

I've a feeling that is all you needed to do for your Wallpaper issue.

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#27
January 10, 2016 at 18:13:51
This tells me how to eliminate having to use a password. I already am doing that. What I want to do is completely eliminate the sign-in screen from ever showing up on my screen even though I do not have to enter a password. It seems useless to continually have this screen show up when all I do is constantly by pass it

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#28
January 10, 2016 at 19:18:34
It's getting a bit odd. This procedure it says (near the end) "Once you restart your computer, you'll be automatically logged into your chosen account". That seems to be what you are wanting. However it's just another variation of the link at #26:
http://betanews.com/2015/02/08/how-...

EDIT:
Looking back through the posts it seems you are you saying that the screen comes up but it still boots to Windows without intervention. In which case then it is quite normal. It is just opening the account and would not save any time if the screen was eliminated.

A quick harp back to that link you found in #15. It says "Open the registry editor. Hit CTRL + R". That's an error, it should be the "Windows key + R" which produces the Run box - presumably you unearthed that or similar.

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