I run Windows XP and the wallpaper I used to have got lost. I have backups of the system itself, so if I knew where to look, I could find a copy of the old wallpaper.

I have some idea of the original filename (searching now), and I recall it saves it as a bitmap, but an exact location would be helpful.

It was a photo/JPEG that used to be on the filesystem, and I don't have backups, so the Firefox, and Internet Explorer wallpaper locations are unlikely. I checked %SYSTEMROOT%\system32 as well - so I'm assuming it's somewhere else.


C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft

Should be in this location.

In Windows 10 (also 8.1) the wallpaper is under this folder location:


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  • its not the same... and he's right. it was in G:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\wallpaper1.bmp – Journeyman Geek Jul 1 '11 at 4:51

It should be here, at least if it is a stock wallpaper:


If it is custom, it is here:

C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Internet Explorer Wallpaper.bmp

With FF 4, it saves it to:

C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Desktop Background.bmp

After you clarified that you actually wanted the location that Firefox saved it to, I noticed something: If you go to the location where the wallpaper is set, the name of it there, is the name of the actual file. So as in this screenshot,

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the name is Desktop Background, so doing a dir "desktop background.bmp" /s would find it. I would assume this would work even if another browser saved it to yet another location, or file name.

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  • hmm, that would be true for a wallpaper from IE. Firefox has its own location as well i believe. upvoted since.. its mostly right, but not for my case – Journeyman Geek Jul 1 '11 at 4:49
  • @Journeyman Geek I suppose there may be some version that saves it to the location in the other answer, but I just did it with FF4, and it saved it to the location I added to the answer. – KCotreau Jul 1 '11 at 5:40

Using Windows 10, I found mine in the registry on key

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Find the location of any background in Windows 7:

  • Go to Personalize (right-click on desktop)
  • Select any theme
  • Click Desktop Background
  • You should see picture location path displayed

...courtesy of James M. Fisher, windowstalk.org.

For instance, if you set a background image in FireFox using Set as Desktop Background , the image is stored in:

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