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FIX: Black desktop background/wallpaper goes black

Unfortunately, the newer versions of Windows operating system are full of similar, small but annoying bugs, and Windows users are constantly complaining about them, but they’re right.

Luckily, you can solve this problem easily, with just a few clicks, because it is related to Show Desktop icons feature. It can be fixed right from your Desktop and we are presenting the steps in this article.

How can I fix black desktop background on Windows 10?

1. Use DriverFix

DriverFix automatically update drivers

DriverFix it’s designed to fix many issues caused by driver update failures. It can fix almost all no sound issues and network failures.

The driver has a great scanning speed, and if you want to save even more time, then you can activate the driver’s auto-update and get the latest updates with no effort on your part.

DriverFix’s palette of ability to update drivers is impressive and it goes up to 3,000,000 device drivers and game components for top PC performance.

All downloaded drivers come from the official manufacturers’ websites and in order to ensure authority and security, they all have passed both the Microsoft WHQL test and IObit test.



Keep your drivers updated and avoid having issues with a black desktop background. Try it now!

2. Disable Desktop icons

desktop wallpaper black windows 10
  1. Make sure that the Desktop is showing
  2. Right-click on the empty area.
  3. In the View section, untick Show Desktop icons, and all your desktop icons will disappear.
  4.  Click on the empty area on your Desktop once again
  5. Go to Personalize from the menu. If you already using a theme with a single wallpaper, select some themes with multiple wallpapers. For example, Microsoft’s Line and colors theme, and right after that switch back to the default theme.
  6. Close the Personalization window
  7. Your Desktop should turn black without showing any wallpaper on the screen.
  8. To finally fix this issue, you have to turn on your Desktop icons once again and disable them again.

Your desktop icons are missing in Windows 10? Find them with a few easy steps.

3. Sign out of Windows

black desktop easy fix
  1. Go to StartSettings 
  2. Select Ease of Access
  3. Click on Other option
  4. Make sure that Windows background is enabled
  5. Select your favourite wallpaper and set it as your background image. Do this even if the desktop background is black
  6. Sign out and then sign back in. The new background show now be visible.

Windows won’t let you change your wallpaper? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

4. Change Themes folder to not hidden

black desktop fix steps

If nothing worked, try changing the Themes folder to not hidden. Some users confirmed that this workaround helped them solve the problem. Give it a go and see if it works for you as well.

You can find the Themes folder at this address: C:User/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/Windows/Themes

This post was written by Ivan Jenic and was first posted to WindowsReport

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