Your account picture is what you see on the Windows
sign-in screen and the Start menu. Windows assigns new
user accounts on Windows 10 a generic profile picture,
but it’s easy to change that to any image you want.
Unless you’re using a Microsoft account that already has
a picture associated with it, Microsoft set your profile
picture to the default user picture for Windows—a
generic silhouette of a person.
Local account profile pictures are controlled by the
Settings app. Launch Settings from the Start menu and
click the “Accounts” section. You’ll arrive at the “Your
Click Start and then
Click Settings as shown
In the Settings page,
The Accounts page lets
you change your picture two main ways:
Camera: This option, available
only for people with a camera attached
to their computers, lets you take a
quick selfie for your account photo.
Browse: To assign a picture
already on your computer, click the
Browse button. A new window appears,
showing photos in your Pictures folder.
Click a desired picture and click the
Choose Image button. Windows quickly
slaps that picture atop your Start menu.
that Windows will automatically resize
and crop the image you select. If you
don’t get the result you want from the
picture you selected, you can try
cropping and resizing your picture
yourself. Windows uses an image that’s
448×448 pixels for the sign in screen.
Only holders of Administrator and Standard accounts can
change their pictures. (Guest accounts are stuck with
the faceless gray silhouette.)
can easily switch back to a previously
used photo - your three most recently
selected images will be displayed as
thumbnails below your profile picture.
Click any of the thumbnails to
immediately revert to it.
That’s all there is to it. You have
successfully changed your account
picture to something that says a little
more about who you are.
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