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Windows 7 wallpaper location

The location for the various wallpapers that come with Windows 7 is %SYSTEMROOT%\Web\Wallpaper%. The Windows environment variable %SYSTEMROOT% usually points to C:\Windows, but you can check its value on a particular system from a command prompt with echo %SYSTEMROOT%.
C:\Users\Pamela>dir %SYSTEMROOT%\Web\Wallpaper
 Volume in drive C is OS
 Volume Serial Number is 4445-F6ED

 Directory of C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper

11/04/2011  01:00 AM    <DIR>          .
11/04/2011  01:00 AM    <DIR>          ..
11/21/2010  02:16 AM    <DIR>          Architecture
11/21/2010  02:16 AM    <DIR>          Characters
11/04/2011  01:00 AM    <DIR>          Dell
11/21/2010  02:16 AM    <DIR>          Landscapes
11/21/2010  02:16 AM    <DIR>          Nature
11/21/2010  02:16 AM    <DIR>          Scenes
11/21/2010  02:16 AM    <DIR>          Windows
               0 File(s)              0 bytes
               9 Dir(s)  863,115,665,408 bytes free

C:\Users\Pamela>echo %SYSTEMROOT%

The location of the current wallpaper for the currently logged on user can be found by a reg query command.

C:\Users\Pamela>reg query "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop" /v WallPaper

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
    WallPaper    REG_SZ    C:\Users\Pamela\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\TranscodedWallpaper.jpg

If you pick an image you want to use for wallpaper, it will be copied to the location in the above registry key and renamed TranscodedWallpaper.jpg, which allows you to modify the original image without changing the wallpaper, but may seem confusing if you are expecting the file name to be the same as it was for the original image you selected for the wallpaper.

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