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How to change Windows desktop wallpaper?

When you purchase a computer, the images prepared by the manufacturer and the standard Windows settings are displayed. This image is easy for anyone to see, but it can be monotonous or the same image you use at work.

 In this article, we will introduce the procedure for changing the wallpaper of the Windows desktop, how to set the save destination, and the sites where you can install images that can be used as wallpaper.

How to change the desktop wallpaper in Windows 10

In Windows 10, it is hard to notice because the menu does not use the word desktop or display. For those who are familiar with Windows XP, the menu name has changed, so you may feel that you do not understand the operation well. People who are familiar with Windows 7 have similar names, so it can be said that it is easy to operate.

1: Right-click on the desktop where icons such as folders are not displayed.
2: Select “Personalization”.
3: Click “Background” on the left side of the displayed window.
4: Click “Browse” at the bottom and select the image you like.

You can adjust the display method, such as displaying side by side, displaying in the center, or adjusting to the page width, from “Select adjustment method” at the bottom of the “Browse” button.

How to change the desktop wallpaper in Windows 8 / 8.1

Since the screen display of Windows has changed significantly from past Windows, the operation method is significantly different. Also, the name of the window for detailed settings is different, so please change it carefully. You can also download the wallpaper engine for free which brings your desktop alive with realtime graphics, videos, applications, or websites. You will find the direct download link on Lisanilssonart.

1: Hold down the “Windows” key (the key with the Windows flag printed on it) and press the “X” key, then click “Control Panel” from the displayed menu list.
2: The control panel is displayed. Confirm that it is “Display method category” in the upper right.
3: From the big item “Customize Desktop”, click “Change Desktop Background”.
4: Select the location to select the background (wallpaper) from the “Image location” box.
5: Select the image you want to set and click it. Finally, click Save Changes.
6:  Click the “x” at the top right of the window to close the window.

The procedure is a little difficult because the method of searching for desktop and Windows functions has changed significantly, but after the window for changing the desktop background is displayed, the procedure is similar to Windows 10.

How to change the desktop wallpaper in Windows 7

Windows 7 has the same operation method as Windows 10, but there are some differences such as the menu to select.

1: Right-click on the desktop where icons such as folders are not displayed.
2: Select “Personal settings”.
3: Click “Desktop Background” from the displayed window.
4: You can select the image you want to display from the “Image location” button.
It is the same as searching for a file. You can use “Browse” to select the image file you prepared.
5: Click “Save Changes”.
6: Click “x” at the top right of the window to close the window.

What to do if you can’t change your desktop wallpaper

Even if you change the wallpaper, the wallpaper does not change! I wonder if some people have experienced that. The corresponding method differs depending on the version of Windows, so I will introduce it.

1. If you cannot change the desktop wallpaper on Windows 7

Delete the “TranscodedWallpaper.jpg” file from “Folder and Search Options” in “Computer”. If this “TranscodedWallpaper.jpg” file is corrupted, you will not be able to change the wallpaper.

2. When the background (wallpaper) is not displayed on the desktop in Windows 8 / 8.1

In Windows 8 / 8.1, the wallpaper will not be displayed due to the effect of making the screen display easier to see. Since the procedure to reach that setting is difficult, the procedure is introduced below.

1: Display the control panel (hold down the “Windows” key and press the “X” key, and click “Control Panel” from the displayed list).
2: Click “Optimize Visual Display” (when “View by” is “Category”).
* When the display method is an icon: “Easy operation center of computer”-> “Search all settings”-> “Make the computer easier to see”
3: ” Make the computer easier to see”-> “Easy to see the items on the screen” Uncheck “Delete the background image (if available)” and click “OK”.

Since the contents displayed on the desktop of Windows 8 / 8.1 are significantly different from those of conventional Windows, the method of displaying the operation window such as the control panel is different. Remember how to display the control panel, etc.

How to prevent changing desktop wallpaper

If you are using a shared computer, it is not your own desktop and may change. In addition, there is a setting that makes it impossible to change the wallpaper so that it will not be changed individually even though it is set as the specified desktop at the company etc. You can set it by prohibiting changes in the registry or by using the local Group Policy Editor.

What to do if the desktop wallpaper disappears

When I casually turned on my computer, the wallpaper was gone. You may think that you haven’t done anything yourself. It may also be due to automatic updates on the computer side.

In such a case, try setting the wallpaper again as introduced earlier. If the operation restores the wallpaper, you can leave it as it is. However, the wallpaper may still not be restored.

 In Windows7 and Windows8 / 8.1, there is a function called visual display optimization in the control panel. When you select that item, uncheck the place that says “Delete the background image” and click “OK” to restore the wallpaper.

In Windows 10, in “Start”-> “Settings”-> “Easy operation”-> “Other options”-> “Visual options” , if “Show Windows background” is turned off, turn it on. The wallpaper is displayed with.