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Fix Wallpaper changes automatically after computer restarts

Fix Wallpaper changes automatically after computer restarts: If you are using Windows 10 then you may have noticed a strange feature when you restart your computer or PC the desktop background or wallpaper changes automatically. Even when you log in or restart your PC the Windows wallpaper is changed automatically. The wallpaper is changed to the one set before the current wallpaper, even though you may have deleted that wallpaper, it’s still automatically changed to that one only.

Fix Wallpaper changes automatically after computer restarts

Now you may have even tried to change it from Personalize settings, then you may have noticed that the Windows makes it own unsaved theme. If you delete the unsaved theme and set your own theme, then log off or restart your PC you will be again back to square one as the background will be changed automatically and Windows has again created a new unsaved theme. This is a very frustating issue which doesn’t seem to get a fix and create issues for new users.

In some cases, this happens only when the laptop is on charging, so Windows 10 background changes when the laptop is on charging. The desktop wallpaper keeps on changing automatically unless the charging is unplugged. Anyway, without wasting any time let’s see how to actually Fix Wallpaper changes automatically after computer restarts with the help of below-listed troubleshooting guide

Fix Wallpaper changes automatically after computer restarts

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

Method 1: Delete slideshow.ini and TranscodedWallpaper

1.Press Windows Key + R then type the following and hit Enter:

%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes

2.Now inside the Themes folder you will find the following two files:

slideshow.ini
TranscodedWallpaper

Find slideshow.ini and TranscodedWallpaper

Note: Make sure Show hidden files and folders option is checked.

3.Double-click on slideshow.ini file and delete it’s content then save changes.

4.Now delete the TranscodedWallpaper file. Now double click on CachedFiles and replace the current wallpaper with your own.

Delete TranscodedWallpaper File

5.Reboot your PC to save changes.

6.Right-click on your desktop and select Personalize.

right click on the desktop and select personalize

7.Change the Background and see if you are able to fix the issue.

Method 2: Perform a Clean Boot

You may put your computer in a clean boot state and check. There could be a possibility that a third party application is conflicting and causing the issue to occur.

1.Press the Windows Key + R button, then type ‘msconfig’ and click OK.

msconfig

2.Under General tab under, make sure ‘Selective startup’ is checked.

3.Uncheck ‘Load startup items‘ under selective startup.

Perform Clean boot in Windows. Selective startup in system configuration

4.Select Service tab and check the box ‘Hide all Microsoft services.’

5.Now click ‘Disable all’to disable all the unnecessary services which might cause conflict.

hide all microsoft services in system configuration

6.On Startup tab, click ‘Open Task Manager.’

startup open task manager

7.Now in Startup tab (Inside Task Manager) disable all the startup items which are enabled.

disable startup items

8.Click OK and then Restart. Againn try to change background image and see if it works.

9.Again press the Windows key + R button and type ‘msconfig’ and click OK.

10.On the General tab, select the Normal Startup option, and then click OK.

system configuration enable normal startup

11.When you are prompted to restart the computer, click Restart. This would definitely help you Fix Wallpaper changes automatically after computer restarts.

Method 3: Run System File Checker

1.Press Windows Key + X then click on Command Prompt(Admin).

command prompt with admin rights

2.Now type the following in the cmd and hit enter:

Sfc /scannow
sfc /scannow /offbootdir=c:\ /offwindir=c:\windows (If above fails then try this one)

SFC scan now command prompt

3.Wait for the above process to finish and once done restart your PC.

4.Again open cmd and type the following command and hit enter after each one:

a) Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
b) Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
c) Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

DISM restore health system

5.Let the DISM command run and wait for it to finish.

6. If the above command doesn’t work then try on the below:

Dism /Image:C:\offline /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:c:\test\mount\windows
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:c:\test\mount\windows /LimitAccess

Note: Replace the C:\RepairSource\Windows with the location of your repair source (Windows Installation or Recovery Disc).

7.Reboot your PC to save changes and see if you’re able to Fix Wallpaper changes automatically after computer restarts.

Method 4: Power Option

1.Right-click on Power icon on taskbar and select Power Options.

Power Options

2.Click Change plan settings next to your currently selected power plan.

Change plan settings

3.Now click on Change advanced power settings in the next window.

Change advanced power settings

4.Under Power Options window scroll down till you find Desktop background settings.

5.Double-click on it to expand it and then similarly expand Slideshow.

Make sure to set On battery and Plugged in to paused in order to stop background from changing automatically

6.Make sure to set On battery and Plugged in to paused in order to stop background from changing automatically.

7.Reboot your PC to save changes.

Method 5: Create a new user account

1.Press Windows Key + I to open Settings and then click Accounts.

From Windows Settings select Account

2.Click on Family & other people tab in the left-hand menu and click Add someone else to this PC under Other people.

Family & other people then click Add someone else to this PC

3.Click I don’t have this person’s sign-in information in the bottom.

Click I don’t have this person’s sign-in information

4.Select Add a user without a Microsoft account in the bottom.

Select Add a user without a Microsoft account

5.Now type the username and password for the new account and click Next.

Now type the username and password for the new account and click Next

Sign in to this new user account and see if you are able to fix the issue with Background. If you are successfully able to Fix Wallpaper changes automatically after computer restarts issue in this new user account then the problem was with your old user account which might have got corrupted, anyway transfer your files to this account and delete the old account in order to complete the transition to this new account.

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That’s it you have successfully Fix Wallpaper changes automatically after computer restarts but if you still have any questions regarding this post 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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