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Disable Desktop Wallpaper JPEG Quality Reduction in Windows 10

Disable Desktop Wallpaper JPEG Quality Reduction in Windows 10: Whenever you set a JPEG image as desktop wallpaper you might have noticed that the desktop wallpaper isn’t as sharp as the original image, in short, the quality of the image is not same. This is because whenever you set a JPEG as wallpaper, Windows 10 automatically compresses and reduces the quality of the original image before setting it as the desktop wallpaper. This is done by the operating system in order to save disk space and improve the performance of Windows while displaying the desktop wallpaper image.

When you set a JPEG image as the desktop wallpaper or slideshow, the operating system imports the reduce quality of the original image and store it as the TranscodedWallpaper file in the %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Themes folder. Once this happens, Windows uses this image file from the TranscodedWallpaper file cache to set the desktop background.

Disable Desktop Wallpaper JPEG Quality Reduction in Windows 10

Now, this feature is very important for a PC with moderate specifications but if you have excellent hardware then this doesn’t make sense as you can have the full HD wallpaper without any quality reduction as your desktop wallpaper. Unfortunately, Windows 10 doesn’t offer a method to disable the JPG wallpaper quality reduction in Settings but a registry fix can help you to disable this automatic image compression. So without wasting any time let’s see How to Disable Desktop Wallpaper JPEG Quality Reduction in Windows 10 with the help of the below-listed tutorial.

Disable Desktop Wallpaper JPEG Quality Reduction in Windows 10

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

1.Press Windows Key + R then type regedit and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.

Run command regedit

2.Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

3.Right-click on Desktop then select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Right-click on Desktop then select New then DWORD (32-bit) Value

Note: Even if you are on a 64-bit Windows, you still need to create the 32-bit DWORD.

4.Name this newly created DWORD as JPEGImportQuality and hit Enter.

Name this newly created DWORD as JPEGImportQuality and hit Enter

5.Now double-click on JPEGImportQuality DWORD and make sure the select Decimal under Base.

6.Next, under value data field change the value to 100 and click OK.

Double-click on JPEGImportQuality DWORD & change it's value to 100

Note: By default value is 85 which means that the image compression is set to 85%, a lower value means lower image quality. A value of 100 indicates a very high-quality wallpaper with no image compression.

By default value is 85 which means that the image compression is set to 85%

7.Once finished, close Registry Editor.

8.Again set the desired wallpaper to make sure Windows uses the new image quality.

9.Reboot your PC to save changes.

If in future, you need to revert the changes then simply navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop then right-click on JPEGImportQuality DWORD and select Delete. Also, keep in mind that the above settings are valid only for JPEG image files. If you’re using a PNG file to set the desktop background then you don’t need to change any settings as Windows 10 doesn’t compress PNG files.

Right-click on JPEGImportQuality DWORD and select Delete

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That’s it you have successfully learned How to Disable Desktop Wallpaper JPEG Quality Reduction in Windows 10 but if you still have any queries regarding this tutorial then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

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