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How to change folder background in Windows 7?

Written by: Oliver Krautscheid - Published: Sunday, August 1st, 2010

If you love customizing Windows 7 and you want more than just Windows 7 themes, here’s another interesting tool to ramp up your PC design: A folder background changer that can change the explorer background wallpaper!
How to change folder background

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Folder Background Changer for Windows 7
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How to install folder background changer for Windows 7

1. Step There are two different edition of the folder background changer, one for Windows 7 32-bit, one for Windows 7 64-bit. If you don’t know which Windows version you have, read this guide.

Download Windows 7 Folder Background Changer32-bit

Download Windows 7 Folder Background Changer 64-bit

Author: http://aveapps.com/

2. Step To install the folder background changer open up the folder AveFolderBGW7. Inside you will find an install.bat. Right-click on the install.bat and click on “Run as administrator”.

If you don’t run it as administrator, the bat file won’t be able to register the DLL file that is required to change the folder background and you will get this error message:

Dll Register Server failed

If you run it correctly, you should receive this message:

Dll Register Server succeeded

More information about registering DLL files in Windows 7

There are other tools that allow you to change the folder background, however Ave’s tool is currently the best.

How to change folder background

1. StepOpen a folder (this can’t be the root directory) that you want to apply a wallpaper to
2. Step Right-click in the white empty area
3. Step Click on “Customize this folder” (if this entry is not available click on Properties)

Customize this folder

4. Step Go to the tab “Folder Background”
5. Step Click on set image and select a wallpaper (preferably a white one, see below)

6. Step If you are using a dark background, you can change the font color as well:

Set Explorer Background Color

7.Click on apply to change the folder background wallpaper.

White Wallpapers for Folder Background

Tip: You should search for wallpapers that are using a white background, or you might not be able to clearly read the folder names in the Windows Explorer.

Our free Halo Reach theme has some clear white wallpaper that could be used as a folder background:

http://cdn5.windows7themes.net/wp-content/gallery/halo-reach-windows-7-theme/3.jpg

Download Halo Reach Theme + White Wallpapers

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10 Responses to How to change folder background in Windows 7?

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Marcus said:

    Nice find dude! I got a tool that did the same thing but it was absolutely RUBBISH. I’m really pleased you found this one. Good job! Keep up the good work!

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sidali said:

    thankyo

  3. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Kate said:

    I love you <3
    Now if only I could figure out how to change the orange flashing icons to another color and the green download progress bar in the browser icons to another color… I'd have everything.

  4. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Kate said:

    Update: It said it was successful and whatnot, and I have the option to customize it, but it doesn’t work. After I pick the image, it doesn’t show a preview (like in your screenshot) of the background and it won’t apply it. Why?
    ~Dell Latitude D820 Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

  5. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Kate, what orange flashing icons do you mean? I will add a tutorial how to change the color of the progress bar soonish.

    As for the folder background changer, I’m not sure why it is not working for you. What image format is the wallpaper? png, gif, bmp, jpg? I don’t know if it supports all of them, so I would try another image and possibly another folder too.

  6. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Maria said:

    does this work for Windows 7 Starter?

  7. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Nam said:

    Got same result as Kate indicated, tried different file format but
    It does not work

  8. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Brandon Gerholdt said:

    this software is the closest any software has gotten for changing my background in a folder. this one worked, but then i pressed back and then clicked on the folder again and the picture was gone. i can’t get it to go up again anymore

  9. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    S p i L z said:

    I also have no success. The program installs correctly and the new “Folder Background” tab appears in the folder properties window, and the preview function works when I select an image to use as a background. However upon applying the new background, my folder background remains white. Also, my align icons to grid option in folders has now vanished.

  10. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Andres said:

    Hi,

    I jut downloaded the software and installed correctly.
    When I go to a folder and click on properties (Win 7), I get the folder background tab. However, when attempting to a pic/theme using ‘set image’ I get no change or difference. The background remains white.
    Could you shed some light why is not working?
    Thanks

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