How to find Windows 10 wallpaper and lock screen images

How to find Windows 10 wallpaper and lock screen images

Last updated: October 21, 2017 

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Personalizing Windows 10 is straight forward and intuitive. As with previous Windows versions, users may easily customize their background and lock screen images using the Personalization settings. Personalization settings in Windows 10 are accessible from the Start button under Settings > Personalization (Background, lock screen, colors).  Alternatively, right-click on the desktop, and choose Personalize from the right-click menu.

How to find Windows 10 wallpaper and lock screen images    How to find Windows 10 wallpaper and lock screen images

Contrary to the ease of use of personalizing your image settings, the file path to the default Windows 10 images is not so cut and dry. If you want to know how to find Windows 10 wallpaper and lock screen images on your PC, you will need to explore the Windows directory under your computer’s C drive.  Using File Explorer from your Start button, navigate to: C:\Windows\Web\

How to find Windows 10 wallpaper and lock screen images

The 4K folder

Under the Web directory are 3 folders.  The name of the first folder is 4K. The 4K > Wallpaper > Windows sub-folder contains various resolutions of the default Windows 10 wallpaper image.

How to find Windows 10 wallpaper and lock screen images



The Screen folder

However, please note that you are not able to modify the files in this folder without first taking ownership of them from TrustedInstaller, and then changing the permissions.  The name of the second folder is Screen. The Screen folder houses all the gorgeous default lock screen image files.

How to find Windows 10 wallpaper and lock screen images

The Wallpaper folder

Last, but not least, is the third folder aptly called Wallpaper. The Wallpaper folder contains all the available wallpapers. The installed Themes are in sub-folders organized in alphabetical order, such as Architecture, Flowers, Landscapes, Nature, Windows 10, etc.

How to find Windows 10 wallpaper and lock screen images

As you are likely aware, Microsoft owns all of the images found within the various folders mentioned herein. Windows users can use them for personal, non-commercial purposes only. If questions about usage arise, refer to the Microsoft License Terms for your Windows version.

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