How to Delete Backgrounds & Screen Savers on Computers

by Marie Lowe

Windows stores its backgrounds and screen savers in different folders across the system. Screen-saver files are installed as components of Windows, and register with the system before they are displayed to the user, while backgrounds are files stored in directories that Windows reads for its background information. Delete both screen savers and backgrounds from within Windows 7.

Remove Screen Saver


Open the "Start" menu.


Click "Control Panel."


Click "Programs."


Click "Programs and Features."


Click the name of your screen saver from the list of features.


Click "Uninstall." Your screen saver automatically uninstalls.

Delete Backgrounds


Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the directory containing the background image you would like to delete. By default, Windows reads from the "My Pictures" folder for its images.


Right-click the image you would like to erase from the background image library. Click "Delete."


Click "Yes" to confirm the action.

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Marie Lowe has been writing since 1995. Her work appears in the "Durant Democrat" and various online publications. Lowe has a Master of Arts in journalism from the University of Central Oklahoma.

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