Post Your Computer Questions

Site Index   |  Quick Index   |  New Tips   |  MS Windows   |  MS Office   |   Newsletter   |   Q&A  |   More Tips  |    

Tips Download   |   Donations   |   Customer Support   |   Registry Tips   |   Weekend Windup |   IE 6.0   |   IE 7.0  |   Help   |   Suggestions

 Windows XP Run Commands | Computer Questions. Microsoft Access Databases | Computer Terms | New Home Material Estimating Spread Sheets!

  Windows XP Remote Desktop Setup One! | 57 Vista Run Commands | Windows XP Remote Desktop Setup Two!

IF01987_K

Change Default Wallpaper Folder to My Pictures on Windows XP.

Have you ever wondered why Windows XP had such terribly ugly wallpapers to choose from? On top of that, there's no way to easily change the list of backgrounds to a folder you might actually use… like your My Pictures folder.

There's a fairly simple registry hack you can do to make Windows look in a different folder, but if you want to get rid of Blue Lace 16 you'll also have to delete it manually. (The standard warnings about registry editing apply here)

What were they thinking when they came up with a name like Bliss?

image

Change Wallpaper Folder

Open up regedit.exe using the start menu Run box, and then navigate down to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

image

On the right-hand side you should see a value called WallPaperDir, which defines the folder Windows uses to populate the list. If the key does not exist, then you can create a new string value with the same name.

Double-click to change the value, and then paste in the full path to your My Pictures folder. (Note that you could specify any path here if you wanted to.)

image

The change should be immediate, the next time you open the Desktop panel… but you'll notice a number of default images still in the list. Turns out that Windows also queries the Windows folder for images…

To get rid of those, browse to C:\Windows and then look for a set of horribly ugly Bitmap files:

image

You can delete these images to make them stop appearing in the wallpaper selection list, just be careful not to delete anything else in your Windows folder or you likely won't be able to boot anymore.

 

 


            
  NAVIGATION
 

My Newsletter

Message Boards
Post Your PC Question.
Tips Package Download
Site Index
Quick Index

 


 

 


  Site Feedback

Let me know if you need anything else.

Did this Article Give you the Information You Were Looking For?

 Hit Counter

YES!  NO!

Main Site Navigation:

|Windows 7 Questions. |Vista Questions. |Windows XP Home and Pro Questions. |Internet Explorer 8.0 |Internet Explorer 7.0 |Printer Problems. |Outlook Express 6.0 |

|Windows Mail. |Moderator Tips! |Firefox |Home Networking Problems!! | Function Keys, F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, F6, F7, F8, F9, F10, F11, F12 | Windows Live Essentials 2011.

 

You Can also get all these tips plus more in one Package including 100 Vista Tips!

 

Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

Page 4

Page 5

Page 6

Page 7

Page 8

 

See The 11 Tip Package That You Should Print And Keep Close To Your Computer! 

100 Vista Tips!

This One Also Comes With The Standard Tips Package!  2 Downloads!

  My Blog!

Close To 400 More XP Tips.  If you Can't Find The Answer Here just Click Here!
Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8


Newsletter Signup
   |   Search   |   Windows Versions   |   Office Versions   |  
Forum |   Readers Q&A   |   Tips In Full Graphics   |   Tips Download    

 Site Navigation:
Donations
   |   Support   |   Registry Tips   |   Weekend Windup   |   PC Questions |   IE 6.0   |   IE 7.0   |   Outlook Express 6.0   |   PC Help
Virus Info
   |   Computer Drivers   |   Hardware Info.   |  
Your Suggestions |   IE 7.0 Install  |   Database Downloads   |   Home  |  Computer Terms  

|   57 Vista Run Commands   |   Windows XP Run Commands  |   Microsoft Access Databases  |

Windows XP Remote Desktop Setup One! |New Home Material Estimating Spread Sheets! Windows XP Remote Desktop Setup Two!

All products mentioned are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective companies.
Questions or problems regarding this web site should be directed to the
Webmaster.
Copyright © 1999-2011  Internet Fixes. All rights reserved.      
Legal Disclaimer

This Site Is Part Of The Internet Fixes Network!