By default, changing the Desktop background or desktop wallpaper is easy in Windows 10. You need to right-click on any image file and click the Set as desktop background option to set it as the image Desktop background. You can also navigate to Settings> Personalization> Background to choose a picture for the desktop background.

Suppose you cannot change the desktop wallpaper or set a new image as your desktop wallpaper. In that case, you can easily enable the desktop background change by making the appropriate changes to Group Policy or Registry.

Suppose the Personal section of Settings shows the message “Some of your installation to your organization” managed. In that case, it’s probably because changing desktop wallpaper has been disabled in Group Policy or Registry.

Cannot change desktop wallpaper

Before starting, please check if you have installed and third-party custom software and restrict you from changing your desktop wallpaper. If so, remove it and restart your Windows computer.

1] Open Control Panel and select ‘Ease of Access’ Center. Then, click on the link ‘Optimize Visual display’. Scroll down until you find the ‘Make the computer easier to see’ section. Once found, make sure Remove wallpaper (if available) is unchecked. Save, Apply, Exit.

2] Open Power Setting in Control Panel. Open Power Options> Select your power plan> Change plan settings> Change advanced power settings> Expand the Desktop background settings option> Expand Slide show.

Make sure that the Plugin option is set to Available.

3] If the above option fails, your TranscodedWallpaper.jpg file might be corrupted.

Open explorer and type the following code in the address bar and press Enter:

% USERPROFILE% AppData Roaming Microsoft Windows Themes

Here, rename TranscodedWallpaper.jpg to TranscodedWallpaper.old.

Next, double-click slideshow.ini and open it with Notepad. Empty its content. That is, select all the text and delete it. Save changes. Close the window.

4] If not, try this. Run regedit and navigate to the following key in Registry Editor :

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Policies

Right-click Policies> New> KEY> name it ActiveDesktop .

Next, on the right side, right click> New> DWORD> name it NoChangingWallPaper.

The DWORD value 1 will limit changes to the desktop background. Let it change the value to 0.


5] Or you can open the Group Policy Editor by typing gpedit.msc in the Run box and pressing Enter.

Navigate to User Configuration> Administrative Templates> Desktop . Click Desktop again. Double-click Desktop wallpaper.

Make sure the Not Configured option is selected. This will give the option to change the Desktop background.