How to Restore Desktop Background/Wallpaper in Windows 10

Tracy King updated on Sep 16, 2020 to Data Recovery Solution | How-to Articles


This article covers two methods to guide you restore deleted, lost or disappeared desktop background/wallpaper on Windows PC. By following guide steps here, you can restore disappeared or lost desktop wallpaper in Windows 10/8/7 with ease by the help of best file recovery software or changing the personalization settings.

When your desktop wallpaper disappeared or lost on Windows 10 PC or laptop, don't fret. You can try to restore desktop wallpaper by changing the personalization settings or recover from the local drive with a file recovery tool.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Change the personalization settings if your Windows wallpaper disappeared or suddenly becomes black. You can go to the local drive: C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper where you used to save the desktop image files...Full steps
Fix 2. Restore from the local drive If changing the personalization settings won't work, you may need a third-party file recovery software to recover lost desktop wallpaper from the local drive on Windows 10 PC in a few simple clicks....Full steps

"I used to save a lot of fancy wallpapers on my computer, but this morning, the computer-executed a new Windows update. The desktop background became black then. I tried to find the saved images from my local drive, but nothing was found.

Do I still have a chance to get the pictures back? If you know a solution, let me know."

Background becomes black, disappeared, in Windows 10

Desktop background/wallpaper disappeared or lost in Windows 10

To resolve this issue, you should first be clear about the symptom when the computer desktop background disappears:

  • If your computer won't boot, stops working, or stuck with a black screen, it's a black screen of death error. 
  • If your computer desktop icons disappeared, you'll need ways to show up or restore the desktop icons rather.
  • If the desktop becomes black or blank, you can still see the desktop icons, everything works fine on your computer, it's a desktop wallpaper loss issue.

Some users complain that their computer desktop background disappeared for no reason. And when this happens, they don't know how to deal with this problem.

Here are the two major causes:

  1. 1. Windows system update
  2. 2. Accidental deletion

If you are trying to find a simple and effective way to restore previous desktop background, just follow below-offered methods and get lost files back right now.

Method 1. Change personalization settings to restore disappeared desktop background

Don't worry if your Windows wallpaper disappeared or suddenly becomes black. You can go to the local drive: C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper where you used to save the desktop image files and check out if the files are still there.

Check wallpaper at local drive to find them.

If yes, you can simply restore it to the desktop by changing the Personalization settings:

Step 1: Right-click an empty area on the desktop and select "Personalize".

Step 2: Click "Background" to open the Settings window.

Step 3: Select "Picture" under the Background section. 

Step 4: Click "Browse" under Choose your picture > Navigate to the path on your PC to find your previously saved background.

Step 5: Click the listed folder and select a picture that you want to set as the desktop background, click "Choose picture" to confirm.


Then Windows will automatically display the selected picture as the desktop cover again. There, your desktop is back now.

Method 2. Restore lost desktop wallpaper from the local drive in Windows 10

If you go to C:\Windows or C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper the default location where you used to save fancy desktop cover pictures, but you find the folder is empty like this:

Check wallpaper at local drive.

You have lost the desktop images. Changing the personalization settings won't work. You may need a third-party file recovery software for help.

EaseUS file recovery software will assist you in restoring lost desktop wallpaper from the local drive on Windows 10 PC in a few simple clicks.

Download this software and follow to see how to restore lost or disappeared desktop wallpaper on your own:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Select the disk partition or storage location where you lost data and click the "Scan" button.

select the location on Windows 10

Step 2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will start the scanning process instantly. During this process, if you find the desired files, you can directly stop the scanning and recover the necessary data. You can also wait for the process to end.

scan windows 10 data

Step 3. Preview and restore lost Windows 10 data. You can double-click the recovered files to have a preview. Then, select the object data and click the "Recover" button to save them to another safe spot in the PC/storage device.

recover windows 10 lost data

After this, you can change the personalization settings by following steps in Method 1 to set one of the restored pictures as your desktop background in Windows 10/8/7 PC again. 

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