How to Restore My Wallpaper and Screensaver Settings

by Jason Artman

After experimenting with different wallpapers, screensavers and desktop themes in Windows, you may be dismayed to learn that there is no simple way to revert to your previous settings. When you reload the original Windows theme, you will return to the generic wallpaper and display settings that are set as the defaults when Windows is first installed. Save your preferred wallpaper and screensaver as a preferred theme to allow yourself to return to those settings easily after experimenting with different customization options.

Windows XP and Vista

1

Set your wallpaper and screensaver up the way that you like them. Right-click on the desktop, and click "Properties" in Windows XP or "Personalize" in Windows Vista.

2

Click "Theme" if you are running Windows Vista. If you are running Windows XP, skip this step.

3

Click "Save As." Type a name for your theme if desired. By default, it will be called "My Favorite Theme." Click "Save."

4

Restore your wallpaper and screensaver settings in the future by returning to the "Properties" screen in Windows XP or the "Theme" screen in Windows Vista. Choose "My Favorite Theme" (or the name that you provided), and click "Apply."

Windows 7

1

Set your wallpaper and screensaver up the way that you like them. Right-click on the desktop, and click "Personalize."

2

Click "Save theme." Type a name for the theme, and click "Save."

3

Restore your wallpaper and screensaver settings in the future by returning to the "Personalization" screen. Click your saved theme to restore it instantly.

About the Author

Jason Artman has been a technical writer since entering the field in 1999 while attending Michigan State University. Artman has published numerous articles for various websites, covering a diverse array of computer-related topics including hardware, software, games and gadgets.

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