Windows 7 starter change wallpaper / background

September 23rd, 2011

Microsoft does not allow users with windows 7 starter edition installed to change their wallpaper / background.Below guide will show you how to tweak your registry to change wallpaper / background in windows 7 starter,no 3-rd party tools need.

1.Click Start then type regedit then press Enter to open registry editor

2.Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop ,in the right pane ,double-click wallpaper and change it’s value to your own wallpaper file(eg: C:\wallpaper\wallpaper.jpg ) ,then click OK

3.In the left pane ,right-click item Desktop and click Permissions.. ,then click Advanced

4.Go to Owner tab and change the owner to yourself (Only 2 choices,one a administrator one is your user account)

5.Click Add to add everyone to security group,then select account everyone and grant it the Read permission(Do not set to Full control or special permissions)

6.Click Advanced again,then clear the check box of Include inheritable permission from this object’s parent ,and click Remove on the popped up window , then click OK twice then exit Registry Editor

7.Go the folder (Eg: C:\wallpaper ),copy your wallpaper file to here and rename to wallpaper.jpg ,then reboot to enjoy your new wallpaper

8.To change your wallpaper ,log off  then log in is ok  ,no reboot needed.

17 Responses to “Windows 7 starter change wallpaper / background”

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  2. Rick says:

    Great tutorial and it works.
    And is it possible to put all these steps to a registry files so that we can just double click to install it?

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  4. Paul says:

    Hi there

    did everything above but all im getting is a black screen now. i must of did something wrong where should the C:\wallpaper file be located i know this sounds like a stupid question but i put the C:\wallpaper in the first directory in c:\ and as i said earlier im getting nothing but black screen. now i would rather have the old wallpaper than a black screen.

    any help would be great

  5. Admin says:


    To restore to default wallpaper:
    1.Open Registry Editor
    2.Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
    3.Right-click Desktop then click advanced then check the check box of “Include inheritable” ,then click OK twice,then reboot. (See screenshot above in step 6)

  6. manobastardo says:

    The best easiest fastest way to change windows 7 starter wallpaper without installing programs

  7. ta.truong says:

    thanks so much!

  8. romio says:

    I obey your instruction but i can’t change the wallpaper.After restarting the system none of wall_paper is displayed.

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  10. ShynSweet says:

    I did everything step by step and no folder is located anywhere on my computer and now I have nothing but a black background.

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    Man i dont care what any1 says i had less hassless with ihnope,it only lets me set as wallp small size of midle of the photo not the whole photo its a joke

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    So pleased to read that thigns are working out well for you, I hope everything carries on going to plan and you can get thigns back to normal. Hugs Sally xx

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