Windows 10 includes a nice selection of default wallpapers, but it’s easy to lose them if you decide to use a custom wallpaper. If you want to reuse the default images, here’s how to find and use them.
The case of hidden wallpapers
Here’s the problem: in new Windows installations, the selection of wallpaper in Settings> Personalization> Background points to the default wallpaper files. At this point, you can easily switch between them using the Browse function.
But, if you decide to use a series of your own wallpapers stored in a custom location and come back later to change the wallpaper, the default values will have been removed from the five most recent images displayed as thumbnails in the settings. Worse still, Windows will not remember where the default wallpaper files were stored when you click “Browse”. You will have to find them.
How to locate and use Windows 10 default wallpapers
Windows 10 default wallpapers are stored in C: Windows Web. This folder usually contains subfolders named after different wallpaper themes (such as “Flowers” or “Windows”) or resolutions (“4K”).
If you lost track of this folder in Windows settings, here is how to recover it. First, open Windows settings and go to Personalization> Background. Just below the section that says “Choose your photo”, click the “Browse” button.
An open dialog will appear. Type C: Windows Web in the address bar at the top and press Enter. You can also just browse this folder from the C: drive.
The folder displayed in the opened dialog will change. You can then browse the subfolders to choose the image you want to use as the desktop background. When you are finished, select the file and click “Choose Image”.
If you wish, you can also open file explorer and navigate to C: Windows Web, then copy the default image files to a better location, such as the Pictures folder in your user account. You can then find the wallpapers more easily in the future.
Looking for the original wallpaper that came with Windows 10 instead of the night light? Instead, you will need to download it from the web.
More tips for Windows 10 wallpaper
If you are a fan of beautiful wallpapers like us, you can search for cool wallpapers online, use Bing’s daily photos as wallpaper, or even change your wallpaper depending on the time of day. And if you are running a multi-screen configuration, you can choose a different wallpaper for each monitor. Enjoy!