How Can I Hide Start Screen Default Account Image in Windows 8/Windows 8.1?

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Although it is recommended that you should choose the account picture (profile picture) for your Windows 8/Windows 8.1 account, if you do not do so, as per the default configuration, no image is displayed next to the name of the account in the Start screen.

Since no image is available for your account in the Start screen, a default image with no face of the user is automatically set by the operating system. Even though if you are not interested in using any image for your Windows 8/Windows 8.1 account, you can leave the default image intact. If you still want to remove even the default image, you must do some smart tricks and tweaks on your user profile to get the job done.

In order to remove the default display picture for your account in Windows 8/Windows 8.1, you also require the administrative privileges on the computer. The secret behind removing the default display picture is that you just need to rename the image file that is used as the profile picture for your account.

Here is how you can hide the default display picture for your profile in your copy of Windows 8/Windows 8.1 computer:

  • Logon to Windows 8/Windows 8.1 using Administrator account.
  • Open File Explorer by clicking its icon in the taskbar.
  • From the opened window, click View from the menu bar.
  • From the available options in the View ribbon, go to the Show/hide section and check the File name extensions and Hidden Items checkboxes.
  • Navigate to the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures directory.
  • Click to select the user-40.png image, and press the F2 key on the keyboard.
  • Rename the image to user-40.gnp (or any other name of your choice). This will turn your image in an unknown format, hence removing the user account image.
  • Once this is done, sign out and then sign back in to see the changes take effect.