Change Your Windows 8 Local Account Picture
Edited by Doug Collins, Eng
Hi. You are watching VisiHow. Today we are going to show you how to change your account picture on a Windows 8 local user account. This is different than an account that is connected to a Microsoft or Microsoft Outlook, Hotmail, or Live Account which many people have as it is specific to an actual machine. Generally speaking, we recommend that you have an online account as opposed to a local account as it makes recovery of a lost password or a locked system significantly easier than if you simply have a local account. However, for the purpose of today's tutorial, we are just going to focus on a local account.
So, to get started, the first thing that we are going to do is press our Windows key.
The Windows key is going to bring up the Windows Tile screen and it will also show us our user account name which is where we will change the name of the picture.
So, I just pressed the Windows key.
As you can see, we have got the Start option and the general sets of Windows Tiles.
And over here on the right, we have VisiHow which is our account name. So, what we are going to do is click this.
Click VisiHow once. That should open it. If you are in a touch pad and you could just touch that as well.
We are just going to go just right here to Change account picture.
The Change account picture will open up a new Windows were you can change your account picture.
Now here, you can see that VisiHow is a local account.
If you want to have access to a normal account, you could connect to or create a Microsoft account. That is something that we will do later in another tutorial.
For now, click on Browse. When I click on Browse, it is going to open up the Photos area.
So, any picture or image that you have on the screen will immediately show up. In this case, if you have something that is not on your Camera Roll, you better want to Go up.
In this case, we will click Go up.
And I am going to go and click Desktop.
And here is the photo that I am going to use.
Now, I clicked at photo. You can see the click puts a check mark on the right hand side.
Go over here and Choose Image.
Now here is our lovely account picture of Visi the Owl. That is everything.
Now we will be going to the back button for accounts.
Okay. Many times if you see here, I went out to the upper right hand corner.
You can close Windows easily just by going up at the right and the Close Window pops up or you could minimize it.
But for our purposes, I am going ahead and go back.
And now as you could see, we have got a Picture password, Account picture, Lock screen, and a whole set of other options. And we will discuss how to change each of those in a future video. As usual, thanks for choosing VisiHow.
Recent edits by: Doug Collins