How To Fix Black Desktop Background In Windows

Desktop wallpaper is a standard feature in any desktop. It’s easy to customize and you can customize the image using one you’ve added to your desktop via a shortcut, or choose from one of many pre-installed options such as landscapes and cities as well as other special designs!

Don’t let this happen: when your screen starts to appear just black when you try to customize wallpapers – this could mean that there was a problem with the installation which is not normal caused by anything other than third-party claims changing the stand-alone compatibility situation (although sometimes things go wrong).

You may experience a black desktop background if your display preferences have changed through an app on another platform. Here’s how to do it!

You may also be wondering why the heck of your computer suddenly showing up those white images and other things on its desktop. Well, this could be due to a pesky third-party app you installed to customize something about what a UI looks like. However, you will want to repair this ASAP so you don’t get too distracted – just make sure you don’t use any changes after you have repaired (or enabled) them; at least until you know what caused our issue in the first place here.

If you installed a third-party app to change your desktop or UI and the problem started right after, uninstall the app. At the very least, disable it so that it no longer controls your display preferences. Uninstalling the app will not solve the problem. It will not stop it from happening again once you repair it. One example would be, if you installed the Windows 10 Photo App, you may need to reinstall it.

Change your wallpaper

I heard if an app is the cause of your wallpaper problem, you can try disabling it and switching back to static images. But instead of consistently placing one image on every screen as before, go with a slideshow! If this resolves then after a while change them to just regular pictures again instead of setting them up as slideshows too because who knows what happened when we tried new stuff through our last update?

It may also be worthwhile to provide different photos at least once more so there is no chance that something has gone wrong by polluting everything in advance (especially since some people are prone to making mistakes).

In Windows 10, you can change your wallpaper in the Settings app under Personalization> Background.

TranscodedWallpaper.jpg corrupted file

Black desktop background can also be caused by corrupted TranscodedWallpaper. If this file is corrupt, Windows will not be able to display your wallpaper.

Open File Explorer and enter the following in the address bar. Tap on the Enter key.


In this folder, you will see a file called TranscodedWallpaper. Rename it to TranscodedWallpaper.old. You may see a file called Settings.ini. Open it in Notepad and delete the contents of this file. Save the changes you have made and close it.

Open the Settings app and go to Personalization> Background and set a new desktop background. It should work this time.

Set desktop background from the context table

In File Explorer, navigate to the folder with the image you want to set as the desktop background. Right-click the image and select ‘Set as Desktop Background’ from the context menu.

Check out Ease Of Access Settings

Open the Control Panel app and go to Ease of Access. Click Ease of Access Center and click ‘Make Computer Easier to See’.

Scroll down to the very bottom of the window, and make sure ‘Remove background images (if available) without checking. If not, uninstall it and apply the change. Set wallpaper for your desktop and it should work this time.

Take a look at Energy Plan Options

Open the Control Panel app. Go to System and Security> Power Options. Click on ‘Change plan settings’ next to the currently active power plan. Click on ‘Change advanced power settings’.

Expand background options and make sure the slideshow is ready to be available. If not, make it available and try setting wallpaper again.

If your problem persists and you are on a company laptop, check if it has been disabled through the company policy. It is best to talk to a system administrator in this case and not try anything on yourself. It is likely that you will not have the necessary administrative rights to make any changes.

If you are using Windows 10, you may want to switch to Windows 11. This could easily fix the issue.

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