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Where to Find the Windows Wallpaper Location on Your PC

Posted by Jim Tanous on January 24, 2015
windows 10 wallpaper

Each new version of Windows, including each new Windows 10 preview build, introduces beautiful new wallpaper images. Users can choose one of these images to be their Desktop background via the Personalize menu, but what if you want to use these images on another device, such as an iPad, or with an older version of Windows? The full-resolution image files are indeed available on your PC, you just need to know where to look. Here’s the Windows wallpaper location in Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.
Windows wallpaper desktop background control panel

Related: Looking for the awesome Windows 10 lock screen images? Check out our tip on finding the trickier Windows Spotlight lock screen images.

To find the location of Windows wallpaper images, open File Explorer and navigate to C:WindowsWeb. There, you’ll find separate folders labeled Wallpaper and Screen. The Screen folder contains images for the Windows 8 and Windows 10 lock screens.
windows wallpaper lock screen
The Wallpaper folder contains additional subfolders listing both the default Windows wallpaper and the wallpaper images that correspond to any installed Themes. For a default Windows 10 Technical Preview installation, for example, you’ll have the default Windows wallpaper in the Windows folder, six images from the flowers theme in the Flowers folder, and four new images from the latest preview build in the Windows Technical Preview folder.
Windows wallpaper location desktop background control panel
The images aren’t as high-resolution as the “Retina” wallpapers found in OS X, but at sizes ranging from 1920×1200 to 3840×1200, they’ll look great on most screens and devices. Simply copy any desired JPEG image to a flash drive or online storage service and then transfer it to your mobile device or other PC and use the appropriate settings to configure it as your background wallpaper.
windows 10 wallpaper
An important note, however: these images are owned or licensed by Microsoft for the personal non-commercial use of Windows users. That means you’re free to enjoy them for your own personal use, but don’t use them in advertising, videos, or for any other commercial purpose. For questions regarding these limitations, consult the Licensing Terms for your specific version of Windows.

16 thoughts on “Where to Find the Windows Wallpaper Location on Your PC”

George says:
I don’t see why people nowadays are so obsessed with image resolutions. Anything from 1024 x 768 and above looks great.
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disqus_r3vCANizvc says:
Unfortunately, this is incorrect. The listed folders do not contain images which are used on my PC.
Does anyone know how to track down the images used on the “lock screen”?
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HeatOfLisboa67 says:
check show hidden files then C:WindowsWebScreen
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AJ Foyt says:
This showed just a few results from a simple search of C: drive for the word wallpaper but still does not show us the long list of images we see in background on windows 10.
After setting to Change Picture every 10 minutes I have seen some Great Beautiful images but I would love to finally be able to customize the list and drop the few that I don’t like as much. Also did not get anywhere when I received the same answer from Microsoft tech support teams.
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Albu Emanuel says:
ty i found it
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Siim says:
“Where to Find the Windows Wallpaper Location on Your PC” article doesn’t show where to find the windows wallpaper location on your PC… weird.
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Diane says:
I downloaded wallpapers and can’t find them anywhere what’s wrong?
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Rebecca Anne Davis says:
You also have to make sure that you’re checking the “hidden files” option under the view menu in your file Explorer.
Alok Tiwari says:
I found It under C:UsersAppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsThemes
Note 1. MAJA is my computer name. Here u have to go for yours
Note 2. AppData is hidden so make sure you choose to view Hidden else u won’t find it.
Easiest way to find is search by name of the Theme you have downloaded. Let’s say you downloaded theme on NASA then Go to C drive and search NASA..
Amine says:
Thanks
yewtuber001 . says:
In the latest version of Windows 10, you can find the individual background images of installed themes at:
%LOCALAPPDATA%MicrosoftWindowsThemes
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Alok Tiwari says:
Easiest way to find is search by name of the Theme you have downloaded. Let’s say you downloaded theme on NASA then Go to C drive and search NASA.
kornelis bijker says:
I changed mine and now I cannot find the picture I changed it to however it still shows as background. Where are the pictures saved after you change them?
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Oscar De Jesús Corona Parra says:
Did you find it?
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Fatih says:
C:Users{username}AppDataLocalPackagesMicrosoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewyLocalStateAssets
copy and Rename file extensions to jpg
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Faye Green says:
Justmeok… IT WORKED!!!!
I went into pictures, made a folder then went to C:____LocalMicrosoftWindowsTheme. where i left blank that is your user name for PC.
click on themes and you will find the background.
I put every pic in the Slide Shows folder I made. Now I go to settings and personalization,
set background to slideshow, and click browse to find your folder that you created and choose this folder and set when you want the slideshow to rotate the pics… I chose to change my pics once every day and turned on shuffle to randomize it.
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Justmeok says:
Excellent! Good to hear it worked -shouldn’t have been so difficult though….
Thanks for letting me know 🙂
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Faye Green says:
This was done easily in Windows 7 and 8.1. Windows 10 took out this. I guess wait and see if this will be fixed in W10.
I do the suggestion C/Windows/Web and there are the folders, but the theme wallpapers set from Microsoft site isn’t there. I searched everywhere to no avail.
I want to put every single wallpaper in on folder to show slideshow daily instead of picking a theme.
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Justmeok says:
Hi Faye
I wanted to do the same and found the images from the downloaded theme packs here on my win 10 pc
C:UsersUserNameAppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsThemesThemeNameDesktopBackgound
Hope this works for you too!
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Faye Green says:
I found the files, and was able to extract all the pics in each theme, but it only showed up blank in the theme pack.
I am trying to get all the pics out of each of the 14 theme packs and have them all together so the slide show would be continuous and random pics. I was able to do this in windows 7 and 8.1.
I just don’t want one theme looping the same pics.
I have different themes that I want to mesh all the pictures together… nature, butterflies, birds, wolf, scenic landscape, spring, fall, summer, winter, spectacular skies, etc. Do i need to make a separate folder for this and take out the pictures from each theme.
Justmeok says:
Hi Faye,
This website has nice clear instructions and I think it’s exactly what you want to do? http://www.windowscentral.com/enable-windows10-slideshow-and-battery
Let me know if it works 🙂
Vamsi Nath says:
Thank you, i was able to find them.
Justmeok says:
My pleasure Vamsi glad this post helped 🙂
NJ says:
Finally, after spending a couple hours trying to search the system files reading several blogs, it appears MS has made these photos (full *. jpg) readily available to download from the main website now at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/wallpaper It’s great, now you can get all the images from around the world, not just your default country profile. You can also download a theme but it does hide those individual files. Enjoy either way.
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jeff4justice says:
How do you delete a theme after installing it? I see no option for doing that.
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TekRevue says:
Right-click on your desktop and select Personalize. Click on Themes and then Theme Settings. Find the them you want to remote, right-click on it, and select Delete Theme.
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jeff4justice says:
I could swear that option was not there earlier. Maybe it needed a reset. Thanks!
zoso says:
I don’t find all the images that I see as lock screen in that folder. Some are downloaded on the fly ? I wonder where they get stored. I searched all jpegs but to no avail.
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A Fred says:
I wonder the same thing
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Alice Huynh says:
I downloaded file.themepack from microsoft website. Usually, I can find a path to the theme and add more picture to it. But I’m using windows 10 and I can’t find the path the theme anymore. It was neither at the web nor the resource folder.
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Christian Verreault says:
The wallpaper I want the most is the one in the right bottom corner of the 5 wallpapers presented in this short article. But I want it in the highest resolution available because I have a 27 inch Full HD screen. Could someone tell me where I could find this specific wallpaper?
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TekRevue says:
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Christian Verreault says:
Thanks a lot, I appreciate it very much.
Zsuzsanna Szugyi says:
I like the win 8 wallpapers handling more. Now I have to put my photos in separate file if I want to see them as slide shows. In Win 8 I just had to mark them. How can I do that in Win 10?
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DancingDirty7 says:
there are some wallpapers in the lock screen in windows 10 build 9926 that are not located in c:windowsweb I am puzzled! I want to find the jelly fish, I will set it up as my wallpaper!
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Fatih says:
C:Users{username}AppDataLocalPackagesMicrosoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewyLocalStateAssets
copy and Rename file extensions to jpg . done 🙂
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