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How to Change Desktop Wallpaper Quickly in Windows 7

Windows 7 has lot of changes in the UI when compared to Vista and one of the changes is the way wallpapers are controlled. In Windows 7 you can change wallpapers automatically from a collection after a specified time. If you have selected more than one wallpapers in Windows 7, then you can change desktop wallpaper quickly from the right click menu in Windows 7. For this features, you first need to make sure that either your theme has multiple wallpapers or you have selected multiple wallpapers from a folder.

To do this, right click on the desktop and select “Personalize”. Navigate to desktop backgrounds and select multiple wallpapers, you can also browse for any folder where you have wallpapers.

Change wallpaper

Once you have selected the wallpapers in desktop background settings, then you can change wallpapers by right click on the desktop. When you have multiple desktop backgrounds set, the right click menu shows an additional option “Next Desktop Background Picture”.

Wallpaper change quickly

When you click on this option, the next wallpaper in the list will be set the background picture for your desktop. This way you can quickly go thought the set of wallpapers enabled. This option is automatically enabled if you theme has multiple wallpapers.

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  2. Steve

    December 25, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    when i right-click , there is no personalize option. How can i change my backround w/o it???

  3. JaredtheRed

    December 26, 2009 at 1:21 am

    Yeah, I am having he same problems, I just want to change my background! I shouldn’t have to download an app to do so.

  4. Mitchell

    December 26, 2009 at 5:26 am

    I dont have the personalize option, eitheR?

  5. Chuck

    December 26, 2009 at 6:56 am

    Apparently changing the background is not an option without third-party software on Windows 7 Starter

    • Nirmal

      December 26, 2009 at 9:23 am

      Well for this option to work, your theme should have multiple wallpapers attached to it, otherwise, right click on the desktop, select personalize and then you can see the desktop wallpaper option at the bottom of the personalization window.

    • Nirmal

      December 26, 2009 at 9:24 am

      BTW which version of Windows 7 are you guys using?

  6. rachael

    December 27, 2009 at 5:36 am

    mine doesn’t have the option either, and thankfully i’m not the only one but if tht is the case then how can that be fixed? is there a way to have the personalization option put in?

  7. inchel

    December 27, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    windows 7 starter does not have that option…

  8. alieh

    January 8, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    when i right click on desktop ther’s no personaliza option now how can i change my wallpaper?

  9. Sebas

    January 15, 2010 at 5:43 am

    right click “Next Desktop Background Picture” disapear.
    Before it works but now it gone, How can i restore it?

  10. Biju Joseph

    January 27, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    in my windows 7 laptop there is no personalisation option please guide me

  11. Lori

    February 5, 2010 at 6:53 am

    I am wanting to change my wallpaper to one of the pics I have saved in my pictures folder. It is not giving me the option to do that. How can I do it? I am new to this version of windows and I am wanting pics of my daugher as the wallpaper.

  12. pandey

    February 14, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Dear, I am not Nirmal, I am impure. I followed your instructions but there is no personalize option when I right click the desktop. But however thank you very much for your kind help. I think I will stumble to some solution on my own.

  13. Nick

    February 16, 2010 at 4:02 am

    Yeah, I don’t have the personalize option either. HELP!

  14. Robert H Mercer.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Changing wallpaper is just another one of MS BS options. I went to the trouble to purchase Windows7 Pro …”to get a better set of options”……..what a laugh! I have set up the program for the wallpaper to change every 10 minutes……… doesn’t. I have done this every day since I installed Windows 7 and it has a different wallpaper every day……..the one that is current when I set it up! Shades of XP Pro………… doesn’t come up to expectations!

  15. findlay hulse

    February 18, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    i dont have the personalization either. i hate windows 7. is there any solution

  16. iveth

    February 19, 2010 at 2:54 am

    umm well my dosent have a personalise!! wat do i do so i can change my backround!!

  17. Mélo

    February 20, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    There is no wallpaper options for me needer!!!!!! I don’t understand!!!!!!

  18. Nirmal

    February 20, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    If you ppl are using Windows 7 STARTER edition, it does not have this feature.

    • khyn

      November 28, 2010 at 2:55 pm

      then how should we change my desktop picture?

  19. honj

    February 21, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    there is no personalization option also on mine…It is a windows 7 starter netbook…

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  21. Dean

    March 4, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Ok , I have starter edition also, so obviously I don’t have the personalization option either. My question is what is the third party application I need to download to get the “personalize” option?

  22. Umika

    March 9, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    To change you wallpaper follow these steps:

    1. Open regedit (aka registry editor; you can access it from the star menu by typing “regedit” in the search box…)
    2. Go to “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\” folder and click on it
    3. On the right hand side find there are a bunch of entries. Find the key named
    “Wallpaper” and double click on it and put the path of the picture you want as
    your new wallpaper (example path is “C:\Users\Bob\Pictures\new_wallpaper.jpg”)
    4. Right-click on the “Desktop” folder in regedit that you found in step 2 and click Permissions.
    5. Click “Advanced”
    6. Go to “Owner” tab, highlight your name in the box that says
    ‘Change owner to’ ( There are only two choices the other is Administrator )…
    once your user name is highlighted click “OK”
    7. Click on “Advanced” again
    8. Uncheck the button that reads “Include inheritable permissions from the object’s
    parent”… click “Remove” when prompted
    9. Click “Add”
    10. Type “Everyone” and click “OK”
    11. Check Allow “Read Control” and click “OK”
    12. Click “OK” again
    13. Highlight “Everyone” and check to Allow “Read” and click “OK”
    14. Restart Computer and enjoy new Wallpaper

    It’s a little long but this is the only way I know to change the wallpaper (C’mon I’m just 13!)

    Hope this helps! 🙂 ?

    (By the way, Windows 7: Starter does not have the ‘Personalize’ option.)

    • jake

      December 29, 2010 at 12:49 am

      followed Umika’s exact steps now i have a plain black background and it will not let me put in another path for wallpaper

    • shan

      May 14, 2011 at 3:30 am


      i’m using windos 7 starter and if want want to change wall paper what should i do?

    • Koolbloke

      August 29, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      Here’s a quicker way (devised by this French guy):

      It adds the Personalize option to Windows 7 Starter. Even though the installation language is French, the actual result is in whatever language your desktop is set to display. Once installation is finished, right click on your desktop and select Personlize.

  23. gary90

    March 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    tq umika…. 4 helping us out…..

  24. mbark

    April 11, 2010 at 12:46 am

    I dont have this personlize option either. so there is chance to change the wallpaper?

  25. Tori

    April 25, 2010 at 9:46 am

    i followed all the instructions and ended up with a plain blue desktop and no pic… HELP???

  26. Lorella

    May 10, 2010 at 5:24 am

    i followed the instructions & as well ended up with a black screen & no pic…

  27. Oscar Lee

    July 15, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    in my aspire one acer laptop how could you change wallpaper

  28. katrhyn

    July 15, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    uhmmm i hav the same problem 🙁 how can i put wallpaper in window 7 if ders no personalize?

  29. it totally helped me! hallelujah!

    July 30, 2010 at 7:21 am

    I dowloaded it on my computer like a year ago and I haven’t had any problems.

    If you have a netbook the best picture size is 1024×768.

  30. nithish

    August 9, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    i am not getting the personalize option in my desktop wen i do right click

  31. Jon

    August 14, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Right! That’s it! If you can’t even change the wallpaper easily in Windows 7 Starter then I’m off to apple. Well done microsoft….. what a mess!

  32. Ferrero

    September 4, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Am using Windows 7 Home Premium 64 version, and it does have the Personalize option. I have selected multiple wallpapers and saved the theme, still the screen does not show any pictures. I also tried selecting different themes still the desktop does not display any picture. I have changed the background color to Black to be easy on eyes, and thats all the desktop has. On the right-click menu in desktop, i do see the ‘Next desktop background’ clicking it does not show any picture either. If any of you can shed some light it would be much appreciated. Thanks.

  33. Ferrero

    September 4, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    found the answer for changing desktop in Win 7 Home Premium edition at the following link

    Just do the following:
    Control Panel – Ease of Access – Ease Of Access Center

    Click on Make the computer easier to see

    Scroll down to “Remove background images (where available) and confirm that it is unchecked.

    • Steve

      October 1, 2010 at 10:51 pm

      Item unchecked, still defaults to initial selection after shutdown and reboot. Have tried every suggested option found online and wallpaper defaults to initial background chosen during initial setup…reinstalled os with same results!

  34. Christian Sarmiento

    September 18, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Hellp please? Been trying to do this for ages, Yes I’ve went to ‘Make computer easier to see’ and the box that says ‘Remove any backgrounds’ , well its already unchecked! Wow Microsoft nice work!

  35. kelly

    September 19, 2010 at 8:05 am

    i don’t have the personalize option and i just want to change my wallpaper!! HELP PLEASE!!!!

  36. kelly

    September 19, 2010 at 8:07 am

    there is no personalize option help

  37. Windows7Fanatic

    September 25, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Is there a Key Board short cut to change to the next desktop background. The right click works for me. I am running Win7 Pro.

  38. Jack

    October 1, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Question – I am running Windows 7 Home Premium and am trying to change my wallpaper. I have a photo I wish to use and have set the wallpaper through control panel to display that photo. I hit “apply” then “save” and my photo becomes the wallpaper. But every time I restart the computer, the wallpaper is reset back to the original settings and I have to perform the process all over again. Does anyone know what I am doing wrong? I followed the instructions listed under “help” EXACTLY as written at least 50 times and still the wallpaper resets each time the computer starts!

    • Nirmal

      October 1, 2010 at 7:57 pm

      May be you can save the theme with your custom wallpaper as a new theme which means even if you restart the machine, theme shouldnt change.

      • Jack

        October 2, 2010 at 6:19 pm

        Nirmal – Thanks for the suggestion. I will try to figure out how to do that.

        Steve – I will let you know if I am successful

      • Jack

        October 3, 2010 at 7:40 pm

        Nirmal – No luck in figuring that one out yet…any suggestions?

    • Steve

      October 1, 2010 at 10:56 pm

      i have the same results…even reinstalled OS thinking error may have occurred at manufacturer.
      Please let me know if you find a solution that lasts after reboot.

      • Jack

        October 4, 2010 at 3:25 pm

        On my system I found that by going into start-programs-asus-settings all I needed to do was to uncheck the standard photos being used in the windows wallpaper slide show. When I unchecked them, my system was able to accept my wallpaper change and after a few seconds the wallpaper reverted to my selected setting without even rebooting. On reboot, my settings remained in place. Hopefully this works for you too.

  39. raahul

    October 3, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    how i change desktop background in my compuer???means i want to change white background…plz mail me.

    • Hafeez

      November 9, 2010 at 10:01 pm

      that is easy just goto
      1. Control Panel
      2. Appearance
      3. Display
      4. On the left you will see “Change Color Scheme”, Click it.. then a window will pop-up
      5. Then you will see “Advance” Click it..
      6. You will see “Color 1” just click it and choose what color you like…

  40. jed

    October 17, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Just do this:
    1. got to start menu
    2. all programs
    3. then you ill you see there..

  41. Hafeez

    November 9, 2010 at 7:34 am

    It works well on my Lenovo S10-2 Ideapad.!!

    thank you so much… 😀

  42. Saladin

    November 15, 2010 at 10:36 am

    tnk u so much umika. yeah its a long way but its one of the best way to change wallpaper for windows 7 starter.
    again, tnk u 4 ur time posting. hope it helps to all.

  43. arman

    November 20, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    i follow all instruction of umika but same problem my screen turns to black wat’s my next step some body pls help me i want to change my desktop background thanks…….

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  45. Eve Caravati

    December 2, 2010 at 9:21 pm

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  46. Murad

    January 13, 2011 at 10:37 pm

  47. Henrique

    January 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    I have windows 7 ultimate and I when I go to the personalize menu, I select various pictures but I am not able to see the option to change the time options

  48. Shubhika

    March 30, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Hey how do you put the wallpaper which u download.? I mean it not happenening?

  49. jon

    March 31, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    You Can download a Apps here to change the wallpaper in your windows 7 starter

    Starter backgroud changer


  50. K

    April 3, 2011 at 3:47 am

    there is no personnalisation option either. I tried another ways:

    1. in picture viewer program – open a picture, rightclick – set as wallpaper – it seems as it works but nothing changes.

    2. in Paint – I open a picture and use it’s own “set as wallpaper” button.

    I go back to desktop and there is still the same image – which I have got when I bought the laptop.

  51. K

    April 3, 2011 at 3:52 am


    I have downloaded the programs but it seems like it doesn’t work.

  52. Avigreen

    February 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    how to make a shortcut to this command like start+N

  53. Troels

    November 4, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    You can do something like this:

    set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject(“WScript.Shell”)

    WshShell.SendKeys(“^ “)




  54. AndreaMarc

    February 20, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    you can easily change the wallpaper with a wallpaper changer tool. I use Bionix and is really useful:

    try and see by yourself! 🙂

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