Personalization Delete Desktop Background Wallpaper History in Windows 11


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You can change your desktop background in Windows 11 to be a picture, solid color, a slideshow, or Spotlight collection.

Windows keeps the last 5 recent images referenced with full path in the registry as your desktop background wallpaper history.

This tutorial will show you how to delete all or specific recent images from desktop background wallpaper history for your account in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Delete All Desktop Background Wallpaper History using REG file
  • Option Two: Delete Specific Desktop Background Wallpaper History in Registry Editor


EXAMPLE: Desktop background "Recent images" history

Desktop_background_wallpaper_recent_history.png






OPTION ONE

Delete All Desktop Background Wallpaper History using REG file


1 Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.

Delete_all_desktop_background_wallpaper_history_for_current_user.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Wallpapers]
"BackgroundHistoryPath0"=-
"BackgroundHistoryPath1"=-
"BackgroundHistoryPath2"=-
"BackgroundHistoryPath3"=-
"BackgroundHistoryPath4"=-

2 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

3 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

4 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

5 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.





OPTION TWO

Delete Specific Desktop Background Wallpaper History in Registry Editor


1 Open Registry Editor (regedit.exe).

2 Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below step 3)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Wallpapers

3 In the right pane of the Wallpapers key, select the BackgroundHistoryPath0, BackgroundHistoryPath1, BackgroundHistoryPath2, BackgroundHistoryPath3, and/or BackgroundHistoryPath4 string values (REG_SZ) you want to delete, right click on the selected item(s), and click/tap on Delete. (see screenshot below)

Desktop_background_wallpaper_recent_history_regedit-1.png

4 Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

Desktop_background_wallpaper_recent_history_regedit-2.png

5 When finished, you can close Registry Editor if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Hey @Brink anyway you could share that Alien background? I really like it... if not, that's fine.
 

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@Brink, is there a similar place in the registry for the lock screen? For the recent images under Personalization > Lock screen?
 

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@Brink, is there a similar place in the registry for the lock screen? For the recent images under Personalization > Lock screen?
Hello mate, :)

The lock screen custom image history is stored below. Each custom image is stored in a LockScreen_x folder. Deleting the folder will remove that image from history.

 

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I'll take a look at it later, thanks.

I installed the default photos app today and before I could change its settings, it changed the lock screen image automatically. To a picture of my water meter, which I also took today. :eyeroll:
 

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@Brink, that did the trick, thanks! I found only some folders in SystemData pertaining to the lock screen images, no other info. So just deleted the entire SystemData folder. :scream:If it ever gets recreated, it will be with default permissions. MS should just add an option to clear recent images or something...
 

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