Закрыть ... [X]

Windows 7 Forums

Desktop Background - Change

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

Related Tutorials

Published by Brink's Avatar

How to Change the Windows 7 Desktop Background


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.
C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper\Windows\img0.jpg.
download
Tip   Tip
  • For free desktop background wallpapers from Microsoft, see:
  • To select another regional wallpaper in steps 3 and 4 below:
    • .
      NOTE: This will be steps 2 and 4 at that link.
    • Browse to C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT.
    • Open a MCT-(AU, CA, GB, US, or ZA) folder for the regional wallpaper that you want.
      NOTE: AU (Australia), CA (Canada), GB (United Kingdom), US (United States), and ZA (South Africa).
    • Open the folder with the name (ex: Australia) for the region area.
      NOTE: Once you have browsed to the selected regional wallpaper location, it will be listed in the Picture location drop down menu to select from next time.
    • Select the wallpaper in step 4 below.
      .
      NOTE: This will be steps 3 and 5 at that link.
warning   Warning

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

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.


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 .

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:

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,
Shawn
17 Apr 2009   #

 

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? My System SpecsSystem Spec

System Manufacturer/Model Number Keeps changing - (Custom)
OS Windows 7 Professional x64
CPU Intel Core i7 860
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P
Memory 4GB DDR3 Mushkin 1600Mhz @ 7-8-7-20
Graphics Card MSI GTS250 1GB DDR3 Twin Frozr
Sound Card Onboard realtek
Monitor(s) Displays Samsung SyncMaster 24" P2450 + Samsung 20" 2033
Screen Resolution 1920 X 1080 and 1600 X 900 (#2 system 1440 X 900)

Keyboard Gigabyte USB keyboard
Mouse Microsoft wireless laser mouse 5000
PSU Corsair 750 HX Modular
Case Lancool PC-K62
Cooling Cooler Master TX3 CPU cooler and 4-140mm and 1-120mm case
Hard Drives Patriot Inferno 120GB SSD + 3 WD Blue 640GB drives
Internet Speed 7 Mb down 1.5 up
Other Info System #2: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T (Freezer 7 Pro cooler) - Gigabyte 880GMA-UD2H - WD 500GB Black - 9500GT (1GB) 500W OCZ modular PSU - Antec 200 case. System #3 (LapTop) Core 2 Duo T6670 - 320GB 7200RPM HD - 4GB DDR3 RAM.

nate42nd 17 Apr 2009   #

 

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?

My System SpecsSystem Spec

Computer type PC/Desktop
System Manufacturer/Model Number Self built custom
OS 64-bit Windows 10 Pro
CPU Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
Motherboard ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
Memory 16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
Graphics Card ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
Sound Card Integrated
Monitor(s) Displays 3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
Screen Resolution 1920x1080

Keyboard Logitech wireless K800
Mouse Logitech MX Master
PSU Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
Case Thermaltake Core P3
Cooling Corsair Hydro H115i
Hard Drives 250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2 256GB OCZ Vector 6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
Internet Speed 300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
Antivirus Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
Browser Google Chrome
Other Info Logitech Z625 speaker system Creative F200 webcam Lite-On iHBS212 12x BD Writer Samsung CLX-3175FW Printer Linksys EA9500 Router Arris SB6190 Cable Modem APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL

18 Apr 2009   #

 

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..here 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.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

System Manufacturer/Model Number Keeps changing - (Custom)
OS Windows 7 Professional x64
CPU Intel Core i7 860
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P
Memory 4GB DDR3 Mushkin 1600Mhz @ 7-8-7-20
Graphics Card MSI GTS250 1GB DDR3 Twin Frozr
Sound Card Onboard realtek
Monitor(s) Displays Samsung SyncMaster 24" P2450 + Samsung 20" 2033
Screen Resolution 1920 X 1080 and 1600 X 900 (#2 system 1440 X 900)

Keyboard Gigabyte USB keyboard
Mouse Microsoft wireless laser mouse 5000
PSU Corsair 750 HX Modular
Case Lancool PC-K62
Cooling Cooler Master TX3 CPU cooler and 4-140mm and 1-120mm case
Hard Drives Patriot Inferno 120GB SSD + 3 WD Blue 640GB drives
Internet Speed 7 Mb down 1.5 up
Other Info System #2: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T (Freezer 7 Pro cooler) - Gigabyte 880GMA-UD2H - WD 500GB Black - 9500GT (1GB) 500W OCZ modular PSU - Antec 200 case. System #3 (LapTop) Core 2 Duo T6670 - 320GB 7200RPM HD - 4GB DDR3 RAM.


nate42nd 18 Apr 2009   #

 

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

My System SpecsSystem Spec

Computer type PC/Desktop
System Manufacturer/Model Number Self built custom
OS 64-bit Windows 10 Pro
CPU Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
Motherboard ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
Memory 16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
Graphics Card ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
Sound Card Integrated
Monitor(s) Displays 3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
Screen Resolution 1920x1080

Keyboard Logitech wireless K800
Mouse Logitech MX Master
PSU Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
Case Thermaltake Core P3
Cooling Corsair Hydro H115i
Hard Drives 250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2 256GB OCZ Vector 6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
Internet Speed 300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
Antivirus Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
Browser Google Chrome
Other Info Logitech Z625 speaker system Creative F200 webcam Lite-On iHBS212 12x BD Writer Samsung CLX-3175FW Printer Linksys EA9500 Router Arris SB6190 Cable Modem APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL

18 Apr 2009   #

 

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?

My System SpecsSystem Spec

System Manufacturer/Model Number Keeps changing - (Custom)
OS Windows 7 Professional x64
CPU Intel Core i7 860
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P
Memory 4GB DDR3 Mushkin 1600Mhz @ 7-8-7-20
Graphics Card MSI GTS250 1GB DDR3 Twin Frozr
Sound Card Onboard realtek
Monitor(s) Displays Samsung SyncMaster 24" P2450 + Samsung 20" 2033
Screen Resolution 1920 X 1080 and 1600 X 900 (#2 system 1440 X 900)

Keyboard Gigabyte USB keyboard
Mouse Microsoft wireless laser mouse 5000
PSU Corsair 750 HX Modular
Case Lancool PC-K62
Cooling Cooler Master TX3 CPU cooler and 4-140mm and 1-120mm case
Hard Drives Patriot Inferno 120GB SSD + 3 WD Blue 640GB drives
Internet Speed 7 Mb down 1.5 up
Other Info System #2: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T (Freezer 7 Pro cooler) - Gigabyte 880GMA-UD2H - WD 500GB Black - 9500GT (1GB) 500W OCZ modular PSU - Antec 200 case. System #3 (LapTop) Core 2 Duo T6670 - 320GB 7200RPM HD - 4GB DDR3 RAM.

nate42nd 18 Apr 2009   #

 

Could be. My System SpecsSystem Spec

Computer type PC/Desktop
System Manufacturer/Model Number Self built custom
OS 64-bit Windows 10 Pro
CPU Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
Motherboard ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
Memory 16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
Graphics Card ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
Sound Card Integrated
Monitor(s) Displays 3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
Screen Resolution 1920x1080

Keyboard Logitech wireless K800
Mouse Logitech MX Master
PSU Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
Case Thermaltake Core P3
Cooling Corsair Hydro H115i
Hard Drives 250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2 256GB OCZ Vector 6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
Internet Speed 300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
Antivirus Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
Browser Google Chrome
Other Info Logitech Z625 speaker system Creative F200 webcam Lite-On iHBS212 12x BD Writer Samsung CLX-3175FW Printer Linksys EA9500 Router Arris SB6190 Cable Modem APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL

26 Oct 2009   #

 

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 Desktop Background - Change-144.png   My System SpecsSystem Spec sergiogarcia9 22 Nov 2009   #

 

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?

My System SpecsSystem Spec

OS Windows 7

DJ MadHatter 22 Nov 2009   #

 

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.
Kari

My System SpecsSystem Spec

Computer type Laptop
System Manufacturer/Model Number HP ENVY 17-1150eg
OS Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
CPU 1.6 GHz Intel Core i7-720QM Processor
Memory 6 GB
Graphics Card ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 Graphics
Sound Card Beats sound system with integrated subwoofer
Monitor(s) Displays 17" laptop display, 22" LED and 32" Full HD TV through HDMI
Screen Resolution 1600900 (1), 19201080 (2&3)

Keyboard Logitech diNovo Media Desktop Laser (bluetooth)
Mouse Logitech Performance Mouse MX
Cooling As Envy runs a bit warm, I have it on a Cooler Master pad
Hard Drives Internal: 2 x 500 GB SATA Hard Disk Drive 7200 rpm External: 2TB for backups, 3TB USB3 network drive for media
Internet Speed 50/10 Mbps VDSL
Antivirus Windows Defender 4.3.9431.0
Browser Maxthon 3.5.2., IE11

Reply

« Previous Thread | »


Similar help and support threads Thread Forum
So, for a month or so now I've been trying and trying to change my desktop background. After a few days I gave up and just recently went back to trying to fix it. I found out that I can only change my background from the control panel to solid colors but not anything else. When I go into a... Customization
No matter what I try to change my desktop background it always stays as the default windows wallpaper if I click on an image and choose "Set as desktop background" I always get an error saying The file C:\user\"myusername"\Appdata\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows Photo Viewer\Windows photo viewer... Customization
Good morning all. Trying to help out my daughter (running Windows 7 Home Edition 64bit) remotely via Team Viewer. Her problem is that her desktop background is just a black screen. If I right click on her desktop and choose Personalize, then choose a Desktop Background, I can see that the Desktop... Network & Sharing
Can someone help me please. I cant change my background. I do it through both personalize and control panel. Nothing happens the background stays the same. Help please!!! Customization
I don't know how long it has been going on but for some time now I can get the wallpaper to change. I know how to do it, but it will not change on my account or my wife's. We are both admin's. This annoying as all get out. Please somebody help me.:cry: Themes and Styles
  




ШОКИРУЮЩИЕ НОВОСТИ