Windows 10 Wallpaper Looking Shoddy?

So you set a nice Hi-Res image to be your wallpaper on your shiny new Windows 10 PC. But something doesn’t look right. The image looks low-res, or not-as-hi-res-as-it-should.

This is because by default, Windows 10 compresses the image when you set it as a wallpaper, presumably for performance and drive space benefits. Fortunately there is a workaround that can fix this problem.

The quick fix is to replace the compressed image file with your original image. Navigate your way to:


You will see a file called TranscodedWallpaper. It has no file extension. Rename it to TranscodedWallpaper_old


Now, Copy your hi-res original image into the same location, and rename it to TranscodedWallpaper (no file extension!).

You should also delete the CachedFiles folder, if it exists. If you change your wallpaper, you will have to repeat this process.

The more lengthy, more technical approach, is to turn off the file compression permanently.

Open the Windows registry by typing “regedit” in the Start menu search box, and clicking on the top entry in the list that pops up. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\CONTROL PANEL\DESKTOP. Create a new key by right-clicking inside the pane on the right and choosing New then DWORD (32-bit) Value.


Give the new DWORD a Value Name of JPEGImportQuality then double-click on it to edit. Set Base to Decimal and Value data to 100, click OK.

That’s it! The 100 means 100% image quality.
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