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Top 2 Options to Change Your Account Picture in Windows 8 /8.1

“How to change Windows 8 profile picture back to the default? Hello, is there any way to get the original account picture that came with the account before I changed it?
-Microsoft Community

As Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 user, sometimes you make up your mind to change profile avatar according to your individuality. Unlike Windows 7 or Windows 10, the settings to assign profile picture in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are a little different. Now let us see how to change your account picture in Windows 8/8.1 instantly in this tutorial.

Part 1: How to Change Local Account Picture in Windows 8/8.1

If the account is Windows 8/8.1 local account, then there is no doubt that you can follow the ways as below.

Solution 1: Change Windows 8/8.1 Account Picture via Start Screen

When you login Windows 8/8.1, you can see the account name and avatar in the top right corner of the Start screen. Just click the avatar and then you are about to see the 3 options below it. Just click “Change account picture” and then you will be brought to another screen.

account picture windows 8

After that, you will directly enter the Account Picture window. After that, the rest steps are the same as Solution 2.

Solution 2: Change Windows 8/8.1 Account Picture via PC Settings

Note: If you are not willing to use an existing picture, it is a good choice to click the Camera button on the Account Picture window to take a new photo with webcam for you.

Solution 3: Change Windows 8/8.1 Account Picture via Local Folder

As a matter of fact, all the account pictures are stored in Windows 8/8.1 computer as below.

Finally, just follow the path to open this hidden system folder and then directly copy-paste your favorite picture in it.

account pictures

Part 2: How to Change Microsoft Account Picture in Windows 8/8.1

If what you use to login Windows 8/8.1 is Microsoft account, the user account picture can be changed by going to https://profile.live.com . Sign in and click the Change Picture link and then enter another interface. At last, click “Browse” button to import a new photo. In the end, when you use the Microsoft account to login Windows 8/8.1, you will see the new avatar.

microsoft account change picture

Bonus Tip: Change Windows 8/8.1 Microsoft Account Picture When You’re Locked out of Computer

The part 1 and part 2 are appropriate for the situation that you can login Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 normally. However, what if you can’t sign in Windows but still would like to change account picture? In this case, you need to unlock Windows login password at first. The better method is to make use of Windows Password Key to remove/reset it and then use the new password to login Windows 8/8.1, finally follow the above solutions to change account photos.

The Bottom Line

That’s all the tricks about how to change account picture in Windows 8/8.1 totally! If you’re new users in using Windows 8/8.1, it helps to know these tricks. You can also obtain Windows 8.1 tips and Windows 8 tips on this website. While it doesn’t make a huge difference, it does help to customize Windows to how you like it.

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