Each new version of Windows, including each new Windows 10 preview build, introduces beautiful new wallpaper images. Users can choose one of these images to be their Desktop background via the Personalize menu, but what if you want to use these images on another device, such as an iPad, or with an older version of Windows? The full-resolution image files are indeed available on your PC, you just need to know where to look. Here’s the Windows wallpaper location in Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.
To find the location of Windows wallpaper images, open File Explorer and navigate to C:\Windows\Web. There, you’ll find separate folders labeled Wallpaper and Screen. The Screen folder contains images for the Windows 8 and Windows 10 lock screens.
The Wallpaper folder contains additional subfolders listing both the default Windows wallpaper and the wallpaper images that correspond to any installed Themes. For a default Windows 10 Technical Preview installation, for example, you’ll have the default Windows wallpaper in the Windows folder, six images from the flowers theme in the Flowers folder, and four new images from the latest preview build in the Windows Technical Preview folder.
The images aren’t as high-resolution as the “Retina” wallpapers found in OS X, but at sizes ranging from 1920×1200 to 3840×1200, they’ll look great on most screens and devices. Simply copy any desired JPEG image to a flash drive or online storage service and then transfer it to your mobile device or other PC and use the appropriate settings to configure it as your background wallpaper.
An important note, however: these images are owned or licensed by Microsoft for the personal non-commercial use of Windows users. That means you’re free to enjoy them for your own personal use, but don’t use them in advertising, videos, or for any other commercial purpose. For questions regarding these limitations, consult the Licensing Terms for your specific version of Windows.
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