Updated: 08/08/2017 by Computer Hope

Windows wallpaperMore commonly referred to as a desktop background in Windows, a wallpaper is an image that is used as a backdrop on any graphical user interface that has a desktop. More plainly, it is the picture or pattern you see on the main screen after your computer has booted up. To the right, you can see an example of a Microsoft Windows 95 Desktop featuring a wallpaper depicting white clouds over a blue sky.

Confusion between screen saver and wallpaper

Many new computer users confuse a wallpaper with a screen saver, which is the moving picture or animation shown when you are away from your computer. See our screen saver page for further information and related links on this term.

Background, GUI, Desktop, Operating system terms, Windows Theme