- Windows 10 is extremely flexible and your desktop can easily come alive in a few minutes.
- You don’t have to stress about looking for the best live wallpapers. Some great options can already be found below.
- A dull-looking desktop should never be a problem. Just look for more wallpaper options.
- Visit our Desktop Enhancements Hub too and customize your entire Windows experience.
Windows 10 wallpapers are highly-customizable and you can, basically, do a lot on your own if you have some time and concept you want to follow.
With slideshows and a self-created photo library, you can change your dull desktop background to an inspiring experience.
However, photos are just photos, and sometimes, you’ll want a motion to take it to another level. That’s where the live wallpaper comes into play.
Live wallpapers in Windows 10 are a possibility, just like in the previous Windows iterations.
However, in order to get the best of them, it’s required to install a third-party application of choice and configure the preferred live wallpaper to suit your preferences.
Furthermore, the sole presence of a live wallpaper will take a toll on your PC so make sure you’re able to run it.
Some of them come on their own without the supporting software, but we advise you to use the trusted app we enlisted below.
How to install supporting software
First, let us stress the levels of CPU this application uses. Sometimes, the live wallpaper will take up to 10% of your CPU, so we advise you to disable (and stick with the standard wallpaper) while gaming to avoid high CPU usage.
On the other hand, if you have the PC that’s good enough for Windows 10, the presence of live wallpapers won’t affect the system most of the time.
Once we got that out, we can move to downloading and installing the supporting program that enables you to use Windows 10 live wallpapers in the first place.
There are some paid solutions out there, but we decided to stick with the DesktopHut which is free, easily configured, and besides that, offers a large variety of beautiful live wallpapers in high definition.
You can also try DeskScapes for free as it offers more features, but, after 30 days, you’ll need to pay $10. Either way, DesktopHut is a great program for starters and it should work just fine.
Follow these steps to learn how to obtain, install, and configure DesktopHut and its respective wallpapers:
- Download the DesktopHut supporting application from this link.
- Start installation but be wary of bloatware the installer offers. Just take your time and dismiss all offers except the DesktopHut.
- Once the application is installed, navigate to the installation folder and right-click on the DesktopHut.exe.
- Open Properties.
- Choose the Compatibility tab.
- Check Run this program as an administrator box and confirm changes.
- Right-click again and create a desktop shortcut.
- Now, download live wallpaper of choice and open DesktopHut.
- Click on the Select Live Wallpaper button.
- Navigate to the folder where you stored downloaded Live Wallpaper and select it.
- Click Play and minimize DesktopHut.
Now you can hide all icons or do whatever you like. Your desktop will be embellished with Live Wallpaper.
In addition, make sure to check our list of top 10 wallpapers provided by DesktopHut.
Top 10+ Windows 10 live wallpapers
1. Aqua 3D Live Wallpaper
Take your desktop under the water and try to keep up with the fishes swimming around with this classic-themed wallpaper.
The photo-realistic graphics and the water sounds will take you into an almost-real ocean aquarium.
The wallpaper is available in a trial version and a full-featured version. You can access both of them from the links below.
2. Hologram Girl from Blade Runner 2049
But, instead of the Ryan Gosling or evergreen Harrison Ford, one thing that embodies the movie’s visual effects the best is the Hologram girl.
What says better Neo-noir dystopian SF than artificial intelligence, Cortana-like fantasy girl?
3. Star Wars Darth Vader
Even though this young Sith lord is well-portrayed by Adam Diver, it’s safe to say that nothing can come close to Darth Vader in regard to the history and depth of the character.
The true bad guy of the most famous SF franchise, the wielder of the dark force, can enrich your desktop background with its dominant posture and flashy lightsaber.
4. Tomb Raider
The fictional British archeologist and adventurist gained its popularity years ago, and it’s depicted in various games and movies.
While some franchises decayed, Tomb Raider still stands firmly with the latest two reboots published by Square Enix: Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider.
And this wallpaper faithfully mirrors the sturdiness and endurance, but also beauty, of Lara’s character in the aforementioned games.
5. Sunrise from top of gondola on Whiteface
Now, let’s pause on games and movies and enjoy some pure nature’s delight. Whiteface Mountain is one of the most popular ski resorts in the USA and some say that, on a clear day, you can even catch a glimpse of Canada.
This Live Wallpaper provides you with an amazing, mesmerizing view of the sunrise from the gondola placed at the summit.
Since the winter is coming, make sure to brace yourself in a comfy chair and enjoy the rising sun on your desktop background.
6. Lord of The Rings
The lore, languages, never-ending battle between the good and evil, the rise and fall of two opposing sides, and that one ring to rule them all.
All of that due to Tolkien’s genius and great movie adaptations that are still undisputed as the best in the genre.
Because of that, we just can’t skip on this Live Wallpaper that somewhat looks like a cut from Shadow of Mordor/Shadow of War games.
Just a brave Dunedain that stands firmly against the enraged Battle Troll. As cool as they come!
7. The Highlands in Scotland
Even though you’ve never been in Scotland, the first thought that crosses your mind when someone mentions Scotland, besides the William Wallace and kilts, are those wide-spread pastures, green meadows, and hills.
The sole thought is calming and soothing, an escape and resort from the overly-fast life we live nowadays.
So, that’s a fair reason to pick this Live Wallpaper over others and, at least in the digital form, enjoy the relaxing cloud motion over the Scotland Highlands.
Even though it’s still in the Early Access phase, PUBG gathered over 2.5 million players which is ludicrous.
The popularity rises on a daily basis and it’s diversity and fast-paced combat already set a high standard for similar games.
This PUBG Live Wallpaper best depicts character customization possibilities with the focus on the fan-favorite pan that can pose as a melee weapon or even protection against some unlucky shooters creeping on you from a distant bush with Kar98.
9. Blossom and Anime Girl
And if you ever watched, say, Princess Mononoke or Death Note, you’ll find that different is often better.
Now, due to the popularity of the genre, there’s a variety of available Live Wallpapers on DesktopHut and you should be able to find something that suits you the best.
In the meanwhile, make sure to check this anime girl wallpaper with the cherry blossom in the background. It’s a stunner!
10. Overwatch – King’s Row Christmas
Now, since this game is quite popular regardless of the season, chances are you’ll like this Live Wallpaper.
This Live Wallpaper depicts the first map created for the game, King’s Row, and sets it in the snowy, soothing, and festive surroundings.
If you don’t believe that Christmas and a mildly-violent FPS can’t go hand in hand, think again.
11. Bonus: Aquarium
Your standard virtual fish tank that brings the hefty number of colorful fish with their erratic but nonetheless enjoyable movement all across the screen. Too bad it’s not interactive and you can’t poke the glass.
Finally, besides the wallpapers we enlisted, you can roam freely through various categories and download anything that suits you. The procedure is always the same.
With that, we can conclude this article. And, once you try out Live Wallpapers for Windows 10, don’t forget to share your experience with us. You can do it in the comments section below.
FAQ: Learn more about live wallpapers in Windows 10
- Can you get moving wallpapers on Windows 10?
Windows 10 offers plenty of options to customize your desktop. Moving (live) wallpapers are worthy of your consideration, so check out this dedicated list.
- How do I get live wallpapers on Windows 10?
Looking for Windows 10 live wallpapers can be a time-consuming task. To help you out, we’ve listed some great live wallpapers – Aqua 3D Live Wallpaper, Tomb Raider, to name a few.
- Are live wallpapers bad for PC?
Ordinary looking desktops aren’t your thing. However, live wallpapers do use extensive CPU resources and cause significant lagging issues. To solve them, use this quick guide.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in May 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.