Windows 11 Wallpaper Compression: How to Disable It?

You need to modify the JPEGImportQuality DWORD value

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  • Windows compresses images by default when you set them as your desktop wallpaper. However, you can disable the feature to get high-quality wallpaper.
  • To disable this, you can change the Registry Editor or replace the wallpaper from the Theme folder.
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Windows compresses wallpaper images to an extent to save space on your computer. However, this might distort the image and compromise the image quality. If you don’t want that, you can disable compression on Windows 11.

Here in this guide, we will discuss some methods to disable it on Windows. Let’s get started! 

What can I do to disable wallpaper compression on Windows 11?

Before you perform the troubleshooting steps, go through these preliminary checks to fix the blurry wallpaper issue: 

  • First, you should have administrator access to your computer.
  • Your computer must have enough space and memory.

1. Replace the compressed image with a high-quality image

  1. Follow this path to reach the location where the compression version of the wallpaper image is saved: C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\ThemesTranscodedWallpaper
  2. Locate the TranscodedWallpaper file and rename TranscodedWallpaper_old.
  3. Now copy the original image file and paste it into the same folder. Rename this file as TranscodedWallpaper.

2. Use the Registry Editor

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Before making any changes, take a backup of your Registry Editor. Go to File, then click Export. Save the .reg file to the desired location. To restore the backup file, click File, then Import, and select the saved .reg file.
  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run window.REGEDIT RUN COMMAND
  2. Type regedit and hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open Registry Editor.
  3. Click Yes on the UAC prompt.
  4. Follow this path: COMPUTER\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
  5. Right-click the Desktop key and select New, then click DWORD (32-bit) value.REGEDIT DESKTOP -disable compression on Windows 11
  6. Rename the file as JPEGImportQuality. Double-click on it and change the Value data to 100.
  7. Choose Base as Decimal and click OK.JPEGIMPORT
  8. Restart your PC to confirm the changes.
  9. If you want to revert the changes, you can change the DWORD value data to 0 and restart your computer.

So, these are methods to disable compression on Windows 11 so you have high-quality desktop wallpaper on your computer. Try them and let us know what worked for you in the comments below.

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