Windows 10: Where is Wallpaper stored? Solved

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  1.    13 Dec 2016 #1

    Where is Wallpaper stored?


    I changed the wallpaper on my Preview version and it also changed the wallpaper on my production system. But, I can't find the original wallpaper picture. I found the location for the pictures that come with Win 10, but not my original picture. Surely its in a folder somewhere.
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  2. Posts : 2,935
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       13 Dec 2016 #2

    I believe it's in one of the subFolders under Windows. I found it the other day on a Win8.1 machine using File Explorer Search but I knew the name of the image, it had come from a camera. Unfortunately I didn't write down the Folder name, probably was in the WinSXS Folder.
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  3.    13 Dec 2016 #3

    I'll take another look, I did a search on the entire drive for *.jpg and it didn't show up. I tried *.bmp and it didn't show up there either.
    As I noted, I did find the built in wallpaper, in the Windows folder.
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  4.    13 Dec 2016 #4

    I did another search and didn't find the picture. It looks like it is gone.
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  5.    13 Dec 2016 #5

    Have a look here. At one point in time you had to show System files to find them, not sure if that is still true.

    Where to Find the Windows Wallpaper Location on Your PC
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  6. Posts : 7,896
    Windows 10 Professional
       13 Dec 2016 #6

    Also, you may find what you're looking for in:
    C:\Users\{your name}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes

    ... copy the transcoded wallpaper files to the desktop and rename them something.jpg
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  7.    14 Dec 2016 #7

    TrustMe, I've looked at the location you suggest and they are not there.

    Edwin, what is in that folder is only the current wallpaper image, nothing else.

    Thanks.
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  8.    16 Dec 2016 #8

    Perhaps this is what you need:
    C:\Windows\Web
    and its subfolders.
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  9.    16 Dec 2016 #9

    The missing wallpaper graphic is not in the Web location. That was one of the locations I looked at before posting the thread.
    It is apparently gone. I've done a complete drive search of *.jpg and *.bmp and it was not found.
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  10.    16 Dec 2016 #10

    These are what's there on mine:
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Snap 2016-12-16 at 15.23.15.jpg 
Views:	17 
Size:	15.4 KB 
ID:	113753Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Snap 2016-12-16 at 15.23.29.jpg 
Views:	1 
Size:	30.2 KB 
ID:	113754
    ..and this is what I see in Settings
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Snap 2016-12-16 at 15.25.00.jpg 
Views:	17 
Size:	20.1 KB 
ID:	113755
    but for my ACTUAL wallpaper I use a wallpaper changer program, with one source being a large folder of fairly carefully chosen pictures against which things show clearly, e.g. limited colour range or suitable landscape, changing when I log on.
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