Location of Custom Windows Vista Wallpaper

Posted on 2011-10-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
We had a Vista installed on a laptop and it crashed.  We got all the data off of it but we need to find the location of the wallpaper that was in the main profile.  It was a photo and not sure where it is.  Where can we find the location of the wallpaper (it isn't in C:\windows\web\wallpaper)?
Question by:gta2011

    Expert Comment

    As far as I know Windows Vista saves its wallpaper pictures in "SysDrive:\windows\web\wallpaper"
    Where "SysDrive" is the drive letter where windows was installed (it's usually "C:")

    Unless the wallpaper was deleted from the directory, you should find it there. But as your machine crashed it is possible that file is orphaned or the link to the file is broken.

    You can try using a data recovery software such as "RecoverMyFiles" to see if it would find the file. Good luck.

    Author Comment


    The hard drive is good it was just a bad LCD screen.

    The wallpaper that was on the machine/in the profile is not in the directory.
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    Accepted Solution

    It depends on how the wallpaper was set to begin with.  For Example

    From Internet Explorer:

    If you right-click on an image in Internet Explorer, you can select "Set As Background" from the shortcut menu, and Windows will store the image in the following folder:

        C:\Documents and Settings\YourName\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Internet Explorer Wallpaper.bmp (replace YourName with your actual Windows logon)

    From Windows Display Settings:

    You can access the display settings dialog by right-clicking on your desktop and selecting Properties from the short-cut menu. Next select the Desktop tab and click the Browse button to choose a photo of your choice.

    Windows will store these images in the following location, depending on the file type:

        C:\Documents and Settings\YourName\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Wallpaper1.bmp
        C:\Documents and Settings\YourName\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Wallpaper1.jpg

    From Where Does Windows Store Its Wallpaper?

    Author Comment


    This is for Windows XP.  This question is for Vista.

    Author Closing Comment

    It was for XP rather than Vista, but it still helped me find it.
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    Expert Comment

    Sorry, that was for XP

    Note that you must have "View Hidden Files and Folders" turned on from the "Tools" =>Folder Options / View Tab.  as this path to your file is normally hidden.

    In Vista, "Documents and Settings" became "Users", so look in Users\ProfileName\Local Settings\AppData\Microsoft\ and so on.

    Application Data became "AppData"

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