Replacing default wallpaper in Windows 10 using Script/MDT/SCCM

When deploying Windows 10 one of the most common things you want to do is to modify the default wallpaper. Windows 10 uses different backgrounds depending on the resolution you use. If you use any of the following resolutions, 768 x 1024, 768 x 1366, 1024 x 768, 1200 x 1920, 1366 x 768, 1600 x 2560, 2160 x 3840, 2560 x 1600, 3840 x 2160 the file matching the resolution  in the following folder %Windir%\Web\4K\Wallpaper\Windows will be used.

If the resolution used doesn’t match any of the above resolutions the default background %Windir%\Web\Wallpaper\Windows\img0.jpg will be used instead.

So a script that replaces these files will do the trick, the files however are owned by TrustedInstaller and TrustedInstaller is the only user that has permissions to change it as well.

To be able to replace them using a script either in MDT or SCCM we need to take ownership of the files and then change the permissions on them so we can replace them with our own custom background images.

I have created to script that can be used, on old school .cmd file and a Powershell script both works, so you can choose which one you want to use. Place your own custom backgrounds in the 4K folder and the img0.jpg file in the same folder as the script like this.


Important to note as well, if you use SCCM to deploy the script the System account will be used, you use MDT you need to change this to Administrators instead for the script to work as the Task Sequence isn’t executed in System context.

Download the script and create a package that can be used by either a “Run Command Line” step or “Run Powershell Script” step in the task sequence.

The .CMD file content:

takeown /f %WinDir%\WEB\wallpaper\Windows\img0.jpg

takeown /f %WinDir%\Web\4K\Wallpaper\Windows\*.*
icacls %WinDir%\WEB\wallpaper\Windows\img0.jpg /Grant System:(F)
icacls %WinDir%\Web\4K\Wallpaper\Windows\*.* /Grant System:(F)
del %WinDir%\WEB\wallpaper\Windows\img0.jpg
del /q %WinDir%\Web\4K\Wallpaper\Windows\*.*
copy %~dp0img0.jpg %WinDir%\WEB\wallpaper\Windows\img0.jpg
copy %~dp04k\*.* %WinDir%\Web\4K\Wallpaper\Windows

takeown /f c:\windows\WEB\wallpaper\Windows\img0.jpg
takeown /f C:\Windows\Web\4K\Wallpaper\Windows\*.*
icacls c:\windows\WEB\wallpaper\Windows\img0.jpg /Grant System:(F)
icacls C:\Windows\Web\4K\Wallpaper\Windows\*.* /Grant System:(F)
del c:\windows\WEB\wallpaper\Windows\img0.jpg
del /q C:\Windows\Web\4K\Wallpaper\Windows\*.*
copy %~dp0img0.jpg c:\windows\WEB\wallpaper\Windows\img0.jpg
copy %~dp04k\*.* C:\Windows\Web\4K\Wallpaper\Windows

And the Powershell Script:

takeown /f c:\windows\WEB\wallpaper\Windows\img0.jpg
takeown /f C:\Windows\Web\4K\Wallpaper\Windows\*.*
icacls c:\windows\WEB\wallpaper\Windows\img0.jpg /Grant 'System:(F)'
icacls C:\Windows\Web\4K\Wallpaper\Windows\*.* /Grant 'System:(F)'
Remove-Item c:\windows\WEB\wallpaper\Windows\img0.jpg
Remove-Item C:\Windows\Web\4K\Wallpaper\Windows\*.*
Copy-Item $PSScriptRoot\img0.jpg c:\windows\WEB\wallpaper\Windows\img0.jpg
Copy-Item $PSScriptRoot\4k\*.* C:\Windows\Web\4K\Wallpaper\Windows

Both scripts can be downloaded here as well in this .zip file.

So why not just change the default background using a GPO for instance? One reason would be that you miss out on the dynamic selection of background that matches your resolution.


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