How to Change Your Wallpaper in Windows 7 Starter Edition

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

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. 

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Step 1: Step 1: Open Computer on Your Desktop

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

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

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

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. 

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    34 Discussions

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    spawnywhippet
    spawnywhippet

    Tip 4 weeks ago

    You need to change ownership of that wallpaper file.

    Start -> Search -> cmd.exe. Right click on it then 'Run as an administrator'.

    In the command window, type 'cd windows\web\wallpaper\windows' then hit enter. (Don't type the ' quote marks)

    Type 'takeown /f img0.jpg' then hit enter.

    You should now be able to rename that file and put your own desktop wallpaper in there. Just make sure you name it img0.jpg and it should have a resolution of 1920 x 1200

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    megoowky
    megoowky

    Reply 10 days ago

    In the command window, type 'cd\windows\web\wallpaper\windows' then hit enter. (Don't type the ' quote marks)

    Type 'takeown /f img0.jpg' then hit enter.

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    megoowky
    megoowky

    Reply 10 days ago

    How to take ownership of files and folders
    Open File Explorer.
    Browse and find the file or folder you want to have full access.
    Right-click it, and select Properties.
    Click the Security tab and change the USER / Administrators’s permissions for SYSYEM

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    spawnywhippet
    spawnywhippet

    Reply 10 days ago

    That method didn't work for me. That's why I described the other method above. That should always work.

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    megoowky
    megoowky

    Reply 10 days ago

    But now my background changed to be the black colour... why I can’t change it?

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    megoowky
    megoowky

    Reply 10 days ago

    However, it stated
    ERROR: The current logged on user does not have ownership privileges on the file

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    Muhammad QayyumA
    Muhammad QayyumA

    3 years ago

    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. http://standaloneinstaller.com/download-media-creation-tool-window-10-downloader

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    KaylaR42
    KaylaR42

    Reply 1 year ago

    updating it to windows 10 has a change of making your hard disk unbootable cause you to never be able to use your pc unless you replace your hard disk with a working one (it happend to me and a lot of other people)

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    Nochildren4goats
    Nochildren4goats

    7 years ago on Step 5

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

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    NihalA9
    NihalA9

    Reply 2 years ago

    Me too I am the same

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    NihalA9
    NihalA9

    2 years ago

    My computer is saying I am not authorized.

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    muddog15
    muddog15

    7 years ago on Step 5

    will i be able to change it again ?

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    Carillokhaela
    Carillokhaela

    Reply 2 years ago

    Hi! May ask if did you already solve this problem?

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    Carillokhaela
    Carillokhaela

    2 years ago

    who can help me out in changing my wallpaper? the presented procedure above is not working. Arghh pls help..

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    jcarter33
    jcarter33

    7 years ago on Introduction

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