How to Remove User Account Picture From Sign-in Screen in Windows 10
By default, Windows 10 assigns a barebones user avatar for every user account with a grey background and the user represented by white curves. You can get rid of that picture and have only your user name on the sign-in screen in Windows 10.
The user picture will be visible every time you sign in with your Windows 10 account. It is also visible in the Start menu as a tiny round thumbnail.
Instead of the default image, you can use your favorite wallpaper or your real photo. If your account is a Microsoft Account, the image you set will be uploaded to Microsoft's servers and used in all their cloud services like OneDrive, Office 365 and so on. By default, it will be synced across all your devices.
We have already covered how to change the user account picture in Windows 10 and how to restore the default image for your user account.
However, it is not possible to remove the user picture image using the built-in options of the OS. If you manually set a transparent image as your user avatar, Windows 10 still shows a background color.
To resolve this issue, you can set a transparent picture as your user avatar without involving Settings by using the File Explorer.
We have already used the same trick to replace the default User Account picture in Windows 10.
To Remove User Account Picture From Sign-in Screen in Windows 10,
- Download this transparent user avatar image: Download the image.
- Save the ZIP file to your desktop.
- Unblock the downloaded ZIP file.
- Open File Explorer and go to the following folder:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures.
- Change the file extension for the file
user-192.pngfrom .PNG to .BAK to get
user-192.bak. Confirm the operation and the UAC request if prompted.
- Extract the transparent
user-192.pngimage from the ZIP archive you downloaded and place it to the
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Picturesfolder.
- Now, apply the default account picture to all users.
You are done! The user avatar will disappear from the sign-in screen for all users of Windows 10.
To undo the change,
- Remove the transparent image user-192.png from the folder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures.
- Rename user-192.bak to user-192.png to restore the original image.
- Undo (set to not configured) the default account picture to all users.
You are done!
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10 thoughts on “Remove User Account Picture From Sign-in Screen in Windows 10”
It seem like the user.png must be changed for me at least. Running 1903 update,
Here it works without changing other files.
Yeah, same for me. Of course that means every other instance of the avatar is also transparent, which is not optimal but not too big of a deal. Weird. Anyway, great directions, this looks much better!
This is very useful because of the unfortunate fashion of forcing user images to be circular because it’s very difficult to find a picture of anything that doesn’t look awkward in that shape. The ability to get rid of it completely makes that sign in page look much better.
I changed that pic to a custom avatar image long ago.
Running 1809, changed both user-192.png and user.png, still not working.
Don’t forget about group policy.
Won’t work for me – R1903
at 100% it works fine but when i am changing Display Setting> Scale and Lay out to 125% or 150% it does not work. Any more idea?
Works like a charm after following group policy step!
For curiousity I resized the User-192.png to 48px and replaced the user-48.png to disable the ones at the bottom left, surprisingly that worked too (on 1809 LTSC).
Sadly Open-Shell displays the default image now, but that’s not a big issue as I can hide it instead.
Thank you Sergey!