How to Change Desktop Wallpaper Using REGEDIT

By Jesse Lanclos

Using the Windows registry editor, you can customize your desktop wallpaper. There are several ways to change your desktop wallpaper, but this procedure is the one for you if you prefer editing the registry directly.

Things You'll Need

  • A computer with a Windows operating system

How to Change Desktop Wallpaper Using REGEDIT

Step 1

Select the image you would like to use for your wallpaper. If you want to use an image you've found on the Web, right-click on the image and select \"Save Target As.\" Save the file. You can also elect to use an image that is already stored on your computer.

Step 2

Click on Start, then Run. In the dialog box that appears, type REGEDIT and hit Enter. This will open the Windows registry editor.

Step 3

Navigate to the following registry key in the registry editor:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Control Panel\\Desktop. Find the registry value that says \"Wallpaper\" and double-click on it.

Step 4

Replace the location shown with the location of the image you want to use for your wallpaper. If you aren't sure of the exact location, open Windows Explorer (press Windows Key and \"E\" simultaneously) and navigate to the image. Right-click on the image file and select properties. Copy the location to your clipboard by highlighting the text next to \"location,\" right-clicking, and selecting \"copy.\" Then paste the location into the registry key in REGEDIT. Select \"OK\" to save your changes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Please follow the registry editing directions carefully. If you change the registry incorrectly, it could cause damage to your system. Back up the registry before making any changes.