Whenever you press Win + L on Windows 8, where does it take you. It takes you to the Windows 8 Lock Screen. The Windows 8 lock screen shows you time, weather, date and the alerts you have opted for, like mail and chat messages.
The time format displayed on the lock screen depends on what you have chosen it to be. It can be of the AM/PM format or the 24 hrs format. It is the same everywhere, No, I beg to differ. People at HowToGeek has found out a way to change the time format at both the places. Customization is possible at both the places. The desktop view and the lock screen.
A control panel, way is not possible here. Region view can change the settings but this will be system wide, and both the time will change in one instance. But, we want to change the time to a different format at the lock screen and when we log in. So how we do it. Well all you got to do, is follow the steps I am going to show you people.
How to Customize Windows 8 Lock Screen
Press Win + R key and type down regedit and hit OK. This will open the registry editor in Windows 8. Once you have opened up the Registry Editor in Win 8. Navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ SystemProtectedUserData\S-1-5-21-[unique ID]\ AnyoneRead\LocaleInfo
Once there, make this editable. To make the key editable, all you have to do is.Right click LocaleInfo, select Permissions and make yourself sure both of the Allow boxes are ticked before clicking OK.
There are several settings in the localInfo that you can edit, but what we have to edit the subject of our interest. The TimeFormat is to be selected and edited. Open it, with a double-click now.
HH:mm uses 24-hour format with a lead zero, H:mm without it, hh:mm is used for 12-hour time with the zero, and h:mm without it. Add tt to include AM and PM indicators. Editing this setting via the registry enables you to choose to display time in different format to the taskbar clock.
You can even act clever and add ASCII art, as you want to. The changes will take place immediately and there is no need to restart. If you face any problems, leave a comment below, we will reply within 24 hours. You can check back the reply the next day or check your mail to see if your comment has a solution.
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