How to Find Windows 11 Default Wallpapers

In this article, we will show you where to find all Windows 11 default wallpapers. Unlike macOS, where users can easily access a list of all stock wallpapers, Windows 11 has a somewhat weird wallpaper-picking mechanism.


The Settings app displays only five of the most recent images and does not provide a clear way to access default wallpapers. Here is a solution: You can find Windows 11 stock wallpapers using File Explorer.

To find Windows 11 stock wallpapers, do the following.

Find Default Wallpapers in Windows 11

  1. Open File Explorer (press Win + E).
  2. Go to the C:\Windows\Web\4K\Wallpaper\Windows folder. You can copy the path and paste it into the address bar.Find Default Wallpapers In Windows 11
  3. In that folder, you will find two variants of the default Windows wallpaper "Gloom." One is for the light theme, and another one is for the dark theme.Find Default Wallpapers in Windows 11

You are done.

Tip: Windows 11 still does not offer automatic theme switching based on custom hours or sunset/sunrise. You can fix that by using a wonderful tool called Windows Auto Dark Mode. It is available from GitHub and Microsoft Store (Windows 11 only).

Default Desktop backgrounds of Windows 11 themes

"Gloom" is not the only default Windows 11 wallpaper. The operating system has several built-in themes with beautiful images you might want to use on a phone, tablet, or elsewhere.

Also, Windows 11 includes a set of images used for the Lock Screen. You can find those images in the folder C:\Windows\Web\Screen.

Lock screen wallpapers in Windows 11

Windows 11 Lock Screen Backgrounds

Another set of stock Windows 11 wallpapers is available on the drive C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper. There, Windows keeps images from several themes, such as "Captured Motion," "Flow," "Glow," and "Sunrise." All those pictures are available in high resolution to look best on any modern screen.

Windows 11 Default Backgrounds For Captured Motion

Finally, Windows 11 has a set of backgrounds for the on-screen touch keyboard. You can find those in the C:\Windows\Web\touchkeyboard folder.

Windows 11 default wallpapers for the touch keyboard

Windows 11 Touch Keyboard Theme

Download all Windows 11 stock wallpapers

If you are not ready to jump from Windows 10 to Windows 11, you can still access beautiful images from the newest operating system. We have gathered all Windows 11 stock wallpapers in a ZIP archive you can download using this link.

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Author: Taras Buria

Taras is here to cover stories about Microsoft and everything around, although sometimes he prefers Apple.

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