Windows desktop background changes by itself automatically

Sometimes, when you initially upgrade to Windows 10 or install any feature update of Windows 10, your desktop background settings may get messed up, and all the new modifications you make in order to fix them stay only until a reboot or a shutdown. This issue is caused by corrupt migration of the system files, damage caused to the registry files, issues with the syncing capabilities of Windows 10,  etc.

Desktop background changes by itself on Windows 10

If your Desktop Wallpaper changes automatically by itself in Windows 10, here are a few things you need to look at to fix the problem.

1] Modify Desktop Background Slideshow settings

First of all, start by hitting the WIN + R keyboard combination or search for Run in the Cortana search box to launch the Run box.

Type powercfg.cpl and hit Enter. This will launch the Power Options window.

For your selected power plan, click on Change Plan Settings. This will open a new page.

Then click on Change advanced power settings.

This will launch a new window with a lot of power consumption options.

Expand the option that says Desktop Background Settings. Next, set the slideshow to be Disabled or Paused for both the scenarios: On Battery and Plugged in.

Click on OK and then reboot your PC for the changes to take an effect.

Read: Windows slideshow feature not working.

2] Disable Windows Sync settings

Start by right-clicking on an empty space and click on Personalize, or hit WINKEY + Ito launch settings. Navigate to Personalize menu.

desktop background changes by itself automaticallyNow, click on left side menu named as Themes.

Then, on the options, you get in the right panel, click on Sync your settings under the section of Related settings.

This will open a new section in the Settings app.

Inside there, turn off the button toggle that says Sync settings.

Reboot your PC for the changes to take an effect.

Now after the PC has done rebooting, change your desktop background to your desired one and check if this has fixed your issue.

3] Change the desktop background

Start by right-clicking on an empty space and click on Personalize, or hit WINKEY + Ito launch settings. Navigate to Personalize menu.

Now, click on left side menu named as Background.

Then, on the right side panel, click on the drop-down button labeled as Background and click on Picture.

Now, click on Browse and select the picture of your choice.

Now under the drop-down of Choose a fit, select the one that matches the resolution of your display.

Reboot your machine for the final changes to take place.

These are some of the common steps that help in fixing the issue of Desktop Background Changing Automatically on Windows 10.

Related read: Cannot change desktop background.

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.