The Desktop background images are those images that are displayed on your Desktop as soon as you sign in to your computer system. The most recent five Desktop images are stored in your registry in Windows 10. If you ever want to get rid of any of these images, you can simply do this by making use of the Registry Editor. In this article, we will explain to you the method through which you can clear the recently used Desktop background images from Windows 10 Settings.
Clearing Old Desktop Background Images from Windows 10 Registry
In order to clear the recently used Desktop background images from Windows 10 Settings, you will need to perform the following steps:
Type regedit in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search result to launch the registry editor window. The newly opened Registry Editor window is shown in the following image:
Click on the HKEY_CURRENT_USER tab in order to expand it as highlighted in the image shown above.
- Under the HKEY_CURRENT_USER tab, click on the Software tab.
Now click on the Microsoft tab as highlighted in the image shown above.
Under the Microsoft tab, click on the Windows tab.
Now click on the Current Version tab as highlighted in the image shown above.
Click on the Explorer tab under the Current Version tab.
Finally, click on the Wallpapers tab as highlighted in the image shown above.
Therefore, the complete path is as follows:
Computer\ HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer \Wallpapers
As soon as you will click on the Wallpapers tab, the right pane of the Window will change as shown in the image below:
Locate the fields saying, “BackgroundHistoryPath” as highlighted in the image shown above. These five images represent the recently used Desktop background images. You can delete any or all of them simply by right-clicking on the desired image in order to launch a menu as shown in the following image:
Finally, click on the Delete option from this menu as highlighted in the image shown above.
By following the method discussed in this article, you can easily clear the recently used Desktop background images from Windows 10 Settings. Registry Editor is a bit too complex to use and if you mess up while using it, then it can cause severe harm to your operating system. However, if you follow all the steps carefully and correctly, then you can get your work done very conveniently.