Most of us enjoy displaying our favorite Desktop Background or Wallpaper on our Windows Desktop. But, if you find for some reason that you cannot change the desktop background or wallpaper in Windows 10 or Windows 10/8/7, you may try some of these troubleshooting steps.
Cannot change Wallpaper in Windows 10
Before you begin, please check if you have installed and third-party customization software and if it is restricting you from changing the desktop background. If so uninstall it and restart your Windows PC. Here are a few other things that you need to check:
Check Accessibility setting
Check Power Options
Reset wallpaper cache
Check Registry setting
Check Group Policy.
1] Check Accessibility setting
Open Control Panel and select the ‘Ease of Access’ Center. Then, click on ‘Optimize Visual display’ link. Scroll down until you find ‘Make the computer easier to see’ section. Once found, make sure that Remove background images (where available) is unchecked. Save, Apply, Exit.
This should help!
2] Check Power Options
Open your 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.
Ensure that the Plugged in option is set to Available.
3] Reset wallpaper cache
If the above option too fails, maybe your TranscodedWallpaper.jpg file has become corrupted.
Open explorer and type the following in the address bar and hit Enter:
Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP since then. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.