The location of Windows 10 wallpapers for the Desktop and the Lock Screen

Windows 10 uses impressive pictures for the desktop background and for the Lock Screen. Some of them look great, and we especially like the new default wallpaper for Windows 10 May 2019 Update. If you want to know the location of those images, so that you can use them as wallpapers for other PCs and devices, read this article:

Where to see the background pictures used by Windows 10

Windows 10 uses a set of wallpapers that are found on every PC or device where it is installed. When you open the Settings app, go to Personalization.

Windows 10 Settings - Go to Personalization

When you select Background on the left, the right side of the window lets you see the pictures used as desktop wallpapers for Windows 10, in the area highlighted below.

The Windows 10 background pictures

Click or tap on Lock Screen in the column on the left, and on the right side of the Settings window, you see the pictures used by Windows 10 for the Lock Screen.

The Windows 10 Lock Screen pictures

Next, let's see how to find all these wallpapers on the disk.

The location of the wallpapers used by Windows 10 for the desktop

The location for Windows 10 desktop wallpapers is "C:\Windows\Web". Open File Explorer, go to the C: drive, double-click on Windows and then on Web. There you find several subfolders: 4K, Screen, and Wallpaper.

The location of Windows 10 desktop wallpapers

If you open the 4K folder and all its subfolders, you find the wallpaper with the Windows logo, at different resolutions, and aspect ratios. This is the wallpaper used by default for Windows 10 May 2019 Update or newer.

The default Windows 10 wallpaper

When you open the Wallpaper subfolder, you find other folders:

  • Flowers - it contains the standard Windows 10 wallpapers with flowers. There are six of them, all in Full HD resolution or higher.
  • Windows - it contains the standard wallpaper with the Windows 10 logo.
  • Windows 10 - it has five wallpapers at different resolutions, featuring nature scenes.
Folders with Windows 10 wallpapers

If you have purchased your Windows 10 PC, laptop or device from a manufacturer like HP, Dell, Lenovo, and so on, you may also find a folder created by the manufacturer, with their own default wallpapers. For example, our laptop has an HP Backgrounds folder with a wallpaper created by HP.

The location of the wallpapers used by Windows 10 for the Lock Screen

Windows 10's Lock Screen wallpaper location is "C:\Windows\Web\Screen." There you find six wallpapers, all in Full HD resolution or higher.

The location of the Lock Screen wallpapers

Which Windows 10 wallpapers do you like best?

Navigate through all the wallpapers that are bundled with Windows 10, and tell us which you like best. What do you think about the new wallpaper from Windows 10 May 2019 Update? We like it a lot more than previous versions, as it looks more optimistic and modern. Comment below and let's discuss.