Customize the OS appearance according to your taste and preference in this section. You can personalize lock screen, start screen and account picture here.

How to Access It

  • Invoke Settings Charm either through the Charms Bar or key combo “Win + I”.
  • Select “Change PC Settings” option located at the bottom of the Settings Charm pane. This will launch PC Settings.
  • Select “Personalize” tab from the left pane of PC Settings.

Lock Screen

The lock screen is one of the most beautiful features in Windows 8. You can change the wallpaper of the screen in this section.

Besides the wallpaper, lock screen also shows small widgets that show notifications from their corresponding apps. Eight such widgets can be placed on the lock screen.

The apps for those widgets can be specified here. Out of those widgets, you can select one widget that can show detailed notification. My favorite one is the calendar app, which can show me important reminders on the lock screen itself.

Start Screen

This section lets you customize the Start Screen. You can select color scheme as well as the background pattern from a limited array of schemes.

Account Picture

You can either select a photo from your existing collection or click a new spontaneous one through the camera, of course, if you have any.

About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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  1. I am a windows fan, BUT I think win8 is something for the kids…looks very much like something for the kindergarden.. I will wait for win9…sorry 🙂

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