October 1, 2023
Change Desktop Background

Fix: Unable to Change Desktop Background In Windows 10

If you’re unable to change the background of your desktop within Windows 10, it is likely that the change desktop background is turned off on your PC via the Registry or Group Policy.

Unable to Change Desktop Background in Windows 10

The easiest method of changing your Desktop background within Windows 10 is to simply click on the Picture you would like to use as your background on your desktop, and then select the”Set as Desktop Background” within the contextual menu.

Another method to change your background of your desktop is to open Settings > Personalization > Background. Select the image you wish to use as your background on your desktop.

But, you won’t in a position to change the background of your desktop on your personal computer If the option to change your desktop background has been turned off via the Group Policy Editor (Windows Pro) or Registry (Windows Home).

In this case you could get a message that reads “Some settings are managed by your organization” or something similar on the “Personalization” section of Settings on your computer.

1. Check Activation Status of Windows 10

If you’re not able to change the background of your desktop using Settings The most likely reason is because of Windows 10 being not activated on your PC.

1. Open Settings > click on Update & Security.

2. On the next screen, select Activation and ensure that Windows 10 operating system on your system is turned on.

NOTE: Even if Windows 10 isn’t activated then you’ll be able to right-click any Picture and select Set As Desktop Background option from the contextual menu.

2. Enable Changing Wallpaper in Registry

For computers running Windows Home Edition, changing of Desktop Background can be enabled or disabled by using The Registry Editor.

1. Right-click on Start button and then click on Run.

2. In the Run Command window enter Regedit and click OK.

3. On the Registry Editor Screen, click on

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop and double-click on NoChangingWallpaper.

4. In the Edit DWORD pop-up box, set the value data to zero and then click OK.

5. Restart your computer to update this setting and check if you are now able to switch your the background of your desktop.

3. Enable Changing Desktop Wallpaper in Group Policy

If you’re running Professional Edition of Windows 10 You are likely to find that the background change feature has been turned off in The Group Policy Editor.

1. Click on the Start button, then Run.

2. In the Run Command Window Enter gpedit.msc and then click OK.

3. In Group Policy Editor, go to the User Configuration tab, then Administration Templates, Control Panel and Personalization. Click on Prevent changing the desktop background policy.

4. In the pop-up check that the not configured or disabled is selected.

Once you have done this, you’ll be able change your the background image of your desktop computer.

4. Check Ease of Access Settings

If you’re looking at dark or black background on your desktop The issue is likely to be due to Show Desktop Background Image being disabled in the Ease of Access Settings.

Start Settings and select Ease of Access Display. Make sure the Enable Show Desktop Background image option is selected.

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