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Windows 7: Desktop Background - Change

Desktop Background - Change

How to Change the Windows 7 Desktop Background
Published by Brink
02 Nov 2008
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How to Change the Windows 7 Desktop Background

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This will show you how to change your desktop background to either a wallpaper picture (image), solid color, or slideshow of you choice in Windows 7.

Note   Note
The default Windows 7 desktop background image is located in the folder below. If you had deleted it by mistake, you can click on the Download button below to download it in a ZIP file. See example screeenshot below.



Tip   Tip
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The Windows 7 Starter edition does not include the Personalization features such as the change desktop background option.

Lets talk about Windows 7 Starter - Windows 7 Team Blog - The Windows Blog

The Windows 7 Home Basic edition does not have the Personalization feature either, and will only allow you to change the desktop background by right clicking on a image and clicking on Set as desktop background.

You can use the tutorial at the link below to be able to change the desktop background like in Personalization in the Windows 7 Starter and Home Basic editions.

How to Change the Desktop Background in Windows 7 Starter and Home Basic Editions

EXAMPLE: Default Windows 7 Desktop Background
Desktop Background - Change-img0.jpg

Desktop Background - Change OPTION ONE Desktop Background - Change
To Change Desktop Background Wallpaper from Context Menu of Image
1. Right click on the image you want as your wallpaper, and click on Set as desktop background. (see screenshot below)
Desktop Background - Change-context-menu.jpg

Desktop Background - Change OPTION TWO Desktop Background - Change
To Change Desktop Background Wallpaper in "Personalization" Settings
1. Right click on a empty space on the desktop and click on Personalize. (see screenshot below)

2. Click on the Desktop Background link at the bottom of the window. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: The name in gray under Desktop Background is the current desktop background file name.
Desktop Background - Change-personalize.jpg
3. Select a Picture Location
A) Click on the drop down arrow menu to select from the list of available picture folder locations, or click on the Browse button to navigate to the picture folder location. (see screenshot below step 7)
NOTE: To use another regional wallpaper, see the yellow TIP box at the top of the tutorial. To remove a folder from the Picture location, see How to Remove the Windows 7 Desktop Background Picture Location History.
B) Select the picture folder and click on Select Folder.
4. Select a Desktop Background
A) Right click on an available picture, or click (check) on the box in the upper left corner of the picture, to select it. (see screenshot below step 7)
NOTE: You can continue to right click on the images to see it previewed on your desktop until you decide which one you like best.
5. Select the Picture Position
A) Click on the drop down arrow menu, and click on the picture position you want for the desktop background. (see bottom of screenshot below step 7)
6. For a Desktop SlideShow
A) For how, see: How to Create a Desktop Slideshow in Windows 7
7. Click on Save changes to apply the changes. (see screenshots below)
Desktop Background - Change-change-2.jpg

Desktop Background - Change-desktop_background.jpg

8. Close the Personalize window when done. (see screenshot below step 2)

Desktop Background - Change OPTION THREE Desktop Background - Change
To Change Desktop Background Wallpaper Manually in Registry Editor
1. Open the Start Menu, type regedit in the search box and press Enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

Desktop Background - Change-reg-1.jpg
4. In the right pane of the Desktop key in regedit, right click on the Wallpaper string value and click on Modify. (see screenshot above)

5. Type in the full path of the image file (ex: .jpg or .bmp), and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: Be sure that the name of the image file does not contain any spaces in it. If it does, rename the image file first so that it doesn't. If you use a image file name with a space in it's name, then you would just get a solid black desktop background instead.
Desktop Background - Change-reg-2.jpg
6. Close regedit.

7. log off and log on to apply.
That's it,

17 Apr 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64

I hope this is an okay place for this question. When I save a themepack or "run" it. I cannot find the pictures for the desktop background. Where are they going? I can't seem to find where they are going. I know where they are supposed to go but could this just be a poorly made themepack? or am I missing something here?
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17 Apr 2009   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hi Nate,

Strange, you should still see the default wallpapers from the C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper location even if the new themepack did not include one. Could you post a screen of this area?
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18 Apr 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64

Yea, thanks Brink. I have a theme called nuclear blasts. I got it from a place called RapidShare. I don't know this place...maybe it a bad Themepack but if you want it is. (I love nuclear blasts)

As you can see...there is no "nuclear blasts" wallpaper here. I made the "China" one. I put Korea and China in "China" so I kinda know how to arrange wallpaper.

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18 Apr 2009   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Interesting, when you get to step 7 above, what does it show as the Picture Location when you are using the "Nuclear Blasts" theme?
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18 Apr 2009   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64

It does not show them at all. Maybe I will have to create one and post it in the "themes" thread. I don't know what happened to those pictures. Maybe a poorly created theme?
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18 Apr 2009   #6

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Could be.
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26 Oct 2009   #7

Replace default Windows Desktop Backgrounds

Dont know if this is cool, but here is the tutorial anyways.

First navigate to: %SystemRoot%\Web\Wallpaper

Thats pretty much it, place your wallpapers there, create new folders etc, and they will show in the Windows Desktop Backgrounds menu in wallpaper selection :)

Desktop Background - Change-144.png

This can also be done with Sounds
Just navigate to: %SystemRoot%\Media

Attached Thumbnails
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22 Nov 2009   #8
DJ MadHatter

Windows 7
Still Confused

Ah, I still need some help.
I just got my new Windows 7 Mini Netbook, and I am not all that sure if the tutorial you posted works on my computer. Help please?
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22 Nov 2009   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Hello DJ, welcome to the Seven Forums.

What version of Win7 you have? Some netbooks have Windows 7 Starter Edition, which does not allow you to change the desktop wallpaper.

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