After the update from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 I realized that some images from the original Windows 8 Theme where deleted like the images below. From where can I download the original wallpaper again ? I was searching here but could not find what I was looking for. Windows 8 stores the wallpapers in C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper Does anyone else experience the same problem with the missing images after the update to Windows 8.1 ?

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Look inside the Windows.old folder on your HDD. If you already deleted it, open the install.wim with 7zip, go to Windows\Web\Wallpaper and extract the image you need.

  • I have the folder Windows.old, but where should I look in that folder ?
    – Devid
    Oct 19, 2013 at 7:26
  • Thank you the wallpaper I was looking for was in 'C:\Windows.old\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper'
    – Devid
    Oct 19, 2013 at 7:35

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