Windows 10 Tweaks - Uncompressed Wallpaper

Do you ever find yourself taking some awesome photos or finding some super high definition 4K wallpapers only to see them seem washed out and compressed on Windows 10? Well, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you and for some reason I am as confused as you might be wondering why this would be the case. But you are in luck. there is a way to turn off this compression and get that full glorious quality as your Windows background through a simple registry tweak.


  • This is for advanced users and always recommend backing up your registry in case something goes wrong.

  • Make sure you take a screenshot or snipping of your wallpaper to avoid any placebo effect when comparing. I have provided screenshot of before and after below.

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Alright, let's get to it.

How to get uncompressed Wallpaper in Windows 10

Step 1: Click on your "Start" menu and begin typing "RegEdit" without the quotes.

Step 2: While holding down "Shift" on your keyboard, press "Enter" and wait for RegEdit.

Step 3: You might get prompted to elevate your access from Windows. Accept prompt.

Step 4: Make a backup of your registry by going to the "File" menu and selecting "Export".

Step 5: Save your backup in a location that you can remember with a name you recognize.

Step 6: Navigate to the following key location.

"Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop"

Step 7: Once at the location, open the following DWORD entry


Step 8: Take note of the value and change the value to "100" under "Hexadecimal" Base section and click "OK".

Step 9: Close RegEdit and right click on your wallpaper to "personalize"

Step 10: If you are on your desired wallpaper already, change away and browse for the original file again to reset the compression. If not, select your desired wallpaper.

Result: Enjoy original quality wallpaper on your desktop without reduction in quality.

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