Introduction: How to Change Your Wallpaper in Windows 7 Starter Edition

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Note: This Instructable is for Windows 7 Starter Edition ONLY. Do not follow these instructions if you're using another version of Windows 7. This is also my very first Instructable, so criticism is wanted. This will show you how to change your boring single wallpaper in Windows 7 Starter if you use the Windows 7 Basic Color Scheme. 

Step 1: Step 1: Open Computer on Your Desktop

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This first step is incredibly easy, but for the computer new guy here's what you do:
Go to your desktop
Open Computer
Proceed to Step 2.

Step 2: Step 2: Click on Your Hard Drive

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For this step you will click on your hard drive, and if you are using Windows 7 Starter, your hard drive should only have one partition.
In this case, the hard drive is named Local Disk. You will need to open this to get to the next step.

Step 3: Step 3: Open the "Web" Folder on Your Hard Drive

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This step will require you to open the Web folder created on your hard drive, this will housed a folder named Windows. The Windows folder is located on the hard drive. Open these folders.

Step 4: Step 4: Open the "Wallpaper" Folder and Replace Your Wallpaper for Good

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This step shows you how to  replace the wallpaper used by the Windows 7 Basic color scheme. For this you need to open the Wallpaper folder. Inside that folder will be another folder named Windows. Inside that folder is a file called img0. This is your wallpaper. You can replace this image with any other image as long as you make a copy called img0. If you do not copy and rename your image it will not work. The next step will show you how to replace the image. 

Step 5: Step 5: Replace Your Wallpaper

This is the final step. However, your new wallpaper will not be shown until you log off and log back in to your account.
To do this you need to find the image you wish to replace the wallpaper with. Copy this image. On my computer, I will actually download an image from the Internet. This part is unnecessary unless the picture you want isn't available. Once you have copied the desired image, paste it into the folder you opened back in step 4.  
And that's it. You're done. 


Muhammad QayyumA (author)2016-05-31

Hmm if you are bored of windows 7(starter edition to be exact), update it to windows 10 by using this tool provided by Microsoft.

bc159de09af64a8 (author)2016-03-15

It won't work ?

TomW95 (author)2016-02-29

maybe you want to use some of these for your desktop too -

Trina3771L (author)2016-01-19

I got a cheap windows 7 from:, The key not only cheap but also genuine.And customer service attitude is very good.

hamza.chaudhry.773 (author)2014-12-23

same i have a black backround

cournal (author)2012-12-13

i have a black background now.
help plz

jcarter33 (author)2012-11-27

I did exactly what you said several times but my background is dark red please help me

muddog15 (author)2012-11-22

will i be able to change it again ?

Nochildren4goats (author)2012-09-10

I did all the steps but when i try to replace the image i get "You need permission to preform this action."

memojh (author)2012-06-02

whyni can't apply it.... i did it to the last' id paste and a renamed it but it did not work....

KiSHNA (author)2012-01-05

hey can i ask please help me . my wallpaper is gone its black now coz i forgot to copy before replacing please help me man . please

ganga bhurtel (author)2011-11-30

i am already being tired to change my wallpaper in windows 7 starter please can u help me to do that

asaiyidah (author)2011-08-18


spiderssandravens (author)2011-08-05

crazy_unka it is not you it is the way simdriverx made the steps

spiderssandravens (author)2011-08-05

i have my picture copied and pasted but how do i turn it into my wallpaper?!?!?!

lieles (author)2011-07-22

finally i got the right changing my wallpaper..... nice thank you......(*_*)...

aboutas (author)2011-06-29

its cause you gotta add full control to your user, here's the url:

...just copy paste it if you want

hazelds (author)2011-06-26

i followed all the steps but nothing happen..i think something is very wrong

honeybunny07 (author)2011-06-25

I've tried it many times but then when I already put img0 in the image nothing happen I can't still use my picture for a wallpaper...HELP>>>

theused143 (author)2011-05-31

i followed instructions 1 to 4 but can't find img0. please help.

mbuckner2 (author)2011-05-02

Not bad, though I think the actual order of folders is Windows -> Web -> Wallpaper -> Windows... at least it is on my Acer Aspire One, so it could be different on other computers. Also, like Ranie-K, I can't actually replace the img0 file. Maybe there's some trick to doing that, and if so, including it would be great. Otherwise, easy to follow and probably works.

crazy_unka (author)2011-04-22

man, i'm really sorry.. but your explanation sucks..
you talked about "web" folder before we entered "windows".. WHY? your final step sends us back to step number 4?! what da heck?
order of thing, step by step.. it is important.
well, may be it's me.. but i didn't understand how did you change the pic at the end.
but thank you for your tutorial any way.
really no offence..

Ranie-K (author)2011-04-11

My computer doesn't allow me to replace that file. Yours does?

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