Windows 7

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Windows 7
Img0 (Windows 7).jpg
Year of release2009
Default wallpaperimg0
Included image typesWallpapers
Sample pictures
User account pictures
Notable artistsChuck Anderson
Erik Attkisson
Will Austin
Giovanni Simeone
Theo Allofs
Agencies usedGetty Images
Corbis
SIMEPHOTO
age fotostock
Masterfile
Preceded byWindows Vista (2006)
Succeeded byWindows 8 (2012)

For pre-release wallpapers and pictures, see Windows 7 Beta.

Windows 7 is an operating system released by Microsoft in 2009. It is the successor of Windows Vista. Whereas Vista was a critical and commercial failure to a certain extent, 7 was received more positively. It would be followed by Windows 8 in 2012.

Wallpapers

For Windows 7's wallpapers, Microsoft continued to rely on licensing rights managed images from Getty Images and Corbis, as with previous versions. However, they also licensed images from other sources, such as SIME/4Corners Images, Photolibrary, and individual photographers' PhotoShelters. While 7 continues the tradition of using photography, two new themes consisting of illustrations were added, to give it more personality. The illustrators were found through agency 72 and Sunny.[1] They also worked with photographer Will Austin, who assisted Microsoft with selecting six wallpapers from his stock collection, as they wanted a local Seattle flavor in 7's themes.[2][3]

While Vista included a set of 16:10 widescreen wallpapers, this is also the first Windows version where all of the wallpapers are 1920x1200, as widescreen displays were more widespread by 2009. It is also the first version where the wallpapers are intended as part of themes; while Vista's wallpapers were split into categories, 7 sorts the wallpapers by themes instead, where selecting the theme will have its wallpapers set as a slideshow.

The default wallpaper is img0, created by Chuck Anderson and Erik Attkisson. Whereas XP and Vista Starter editions have unique wallpaper sets, 7 only has one wallpaper for its Starter edition, which is an edited version of its default wallpaper.

Name Category Licensed from Originates from Photographer/artist Notes
Img0 (Windows 7).jpg img0 Windows N/A commissioned by Microsoft Chuck Anderson and Erik Attkisson Default wallpaper
The version featured in Starter is different, featuring a white logo and less details; it is also the only available wallpaper
Img0 (Windows 7 Starter).jpg
Img1 (Windows 7).jpg img1 Nature Corbis zefa Pete Leonard
Img2 (Windows 7).jpg img2 Nature Corbis Corbis Mark Bolton
Img3 (Windows 7).jpg img3 Nature Rob Tilley's PhotoShelter Rob Tilley's PhotoShelter Rob Tilley
Img4 (Windows 7).jpg img4 Nature Will Austin's PhotoShelter Will Austin's PhotoShelter Will Austin
Img5 (Windows 7).jpg img5 Nature Will Austin's PhotoShelter Will Austin's PhotoShelter Will Austin
Img6 (Windows 7).jpg img6 Nature Will Austin's PhotoShelter Will Austin's PhotoShelter Will Austin
Img7 (Windows 7).jpg img7 Landscapes Getty Images Getty Images Martin Rügner
Img8 (Windows 7).jpg img8 Landscapes Getty Images Minden Pictures Carr Clifton
Img9 (Windows 7).jpg img9 Landscapes Getty Images Minden Pictures Tim Fitzharris
Img10 (Windows 7).jpg img10 Landscapes Photolibrary Photolibrary Stuart Westmorland
Img11 (Windows 7).jpg img11 Landscapes SIME/4Corners Images SIME/4Corners Images Giovanni Simeone
Img12 (Windows 7).jpg img12 Landscapes Getty Images Getty Images Cornelia Doerr
Img13 (Windows 7).jpg img13 Architecture Will Austin's PhotoShelter Will Austin's PhotoShelter Will Austin
Img14 (Windows 7).jpg img14 Architecture Will Austin's PhotoShelter Will Austin's PhotoShelter Will Austin
Img15 (Windows 7).jpg img15 Architecture Corbis zefa Gregor Schuster
Img16 (Windows 7).jpg img16 Architecture Will Austin's PhotoShelter Will Austin's PhotoShelter Will Austin
Img17 (Windows 7).jpg img17 Architecture Getty Images Getty Images Andreas Stirnberg A building has been removed, while the cloud has been moved
Img18 (Windows 7).jpg img18 Architecture Corbis Arcaid Images John Gollings Buildings have been blurred out
Img19 (Windows 7).jpg img19 Characters N/A commissioned by Microsoft Yuko Kondo
Img20 (Windows 7).jpg img20 Characters N/A commissioned by Microsoft Katharina Leuzinger
Img21 (Windows 7).jpg img21 Characters N/A commissioned by Microsoft Osmand Nosse
Img22 (Windows 7).jpg img22 Characters N/A commissioned by Microsoft Klaus Haapaniemi
Fibra optica en la calle.jpg img23 Characters N/A commissioned by Microsoft Red Nose Studios
Img24 (Windows 7).jpg img24 Characters N/A commissioned by Microsoft Punga
Img25 (Windows 7).jpg img25 Scenes N/A commissioned by Microsoft Pomme Chan
Img26 (Windows 7).jpg img26 Scenes N/A commissioned by Microsoft Kustaa Saksi
Img27 (Windows 7).jpg img27 Scenes N/A commissioned by Microsoft Nanospore
Img28 (Windows 7).jpg img28 Scenes N/A commissioned by Microsoft Adhemas Batista
Img29 (Windows 7).jpg img29 Scenes N/A commissioned by Microsoft Kai and Sunny
Img30 (Windows 7).jpg img30 Scenes N/A commissioned by Microsoft Hvass Hannibal

Regional

Windows 7 features regional themes for 20 countries, similar to XP Starter Edition featuring 3-6 wallpapers for each country. The team behind these themes licensed images from a wide range of stock photo agencies, including Getty Images, Corbis, SIME/4Corners Images, Masterfile, age fotostock and JupiterImages (which was acquired by Getty during 7's development). Jennifer Shepherd, who produced the regional themes, also hosted a worldwide photo contest where Microsoft employees worldwide were able to submit photos that represent their country. Employees of each country voted on the best wallpapers for their theme, including both stock photos and winning images from the contest.[4]

As well as built-in themes for each of the 20 countries, the team also produced downloadable themes of the same countries that were available from Microsoft's site after 7 was released. The team produced a total of 40 themes, two for each country, totalling 240 regional wallpapers. 20 of these are included in 7, while the other 20 were available for download as soon as 7 was released. From 7 onwards, themes have the wallpapers set as a slideshow, while XP-era themes had one default wallpaper often with a few extra options.

Right now this page only lists the built-in ones, but it is possible that the downloadable ones will be documented on a separate page in the future.

To get a regional theme to display in the Personalization Control Panel:

  1. Close any opening Personalization Control Panel, if any.
  2. From Control Panel:
    • If you're viewing as Category: Navigate to Clock, Language, and Region → Region and Language.
    • If you're viewing as Large/small icons: Click Region and Language.
  3. Go to the Location tab, choose any region listed below (depending on the language version, for example: the English version came with regional themes for Australia, Canada, South Africa, United Kingdom, and United States), then click Apply.
  4. Open the Personalization Control Panel and check if the regional theme showed up in the "Aero Themes" section.
Name Region Licensed from Originates from Photographer/artist Notes
AU-wp1.jpg AU-wp1 Australia Corbis Corbis Theo Allofs
Fireworks over the Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge (3679125507).jpg AU-wp2 Australia SIME/4Corners Images SIME/4Corners Images Damm Fridmar
AU-wp3.jpg AU-wp3 Australia age fotostock Pixtal Martin Rügner
AU-wp4.jpg AU-wp4 Australia Corbis Corbis Jose Fuste Raga
AU-wp5.jpg AU-wp5 Australia Getty Images Getty Images Philip Kramer
AU-wp6.jpg AU-wp6 Australia Corbis Corbis Theo Allofs
BR-wp1.jpg BR-wp1 Brazil Corbis Corbis Herve Collart
BR-wp2.jpg BR-wp2 Brazil Corbis Corbis Theo Allofs
BR-wp3.jpg BR-wp3 Brazil N/A Microsoft Leandro Cruz de Paula
BR-wp4.jpg BR-wp4 Brazil Getty Images robertharding Marco Simoni
BR-wp5.jpg BR-wp5 Brazil Corbis Corbis Theo Allofs
BR-wp6.jpg BR-wp6 Brazil Getty Images Minden Pictures Tui De Roy
CA-wp1.jpg CA-wp1 Canada Masterfile Masterfile Roy Ooms
CA-wp2.jpg CA-wp2 Canada age fotostock All Canada Photos David Nunuk
CA-wp3.jpg CA-wp3 Canada SIME/4Corners Images SIME/4Corners Images Reinhard Schmid
CA-wp4.jpg CA-wp4 Canada Masterfile Masterfile J. A. Kraulis
CA-wp5.jpg CA-wp5 Canada Masterfile Masterfile J. David Andrews Flipped horizontally
CA-wp6.jpg CA-wp6 Canada Masterfile Masterfile Miles Ertman
CN-wp1.jpg CN-wp1 China Corbis Brand X Pictures Steve Allen
CN-wp2.jpg CN-wp2 China Corbis Corbis Liu Liqun
CN-wp3.jpg CN-wp3 China Corbis Corbis Frank Lukasseck
CN-wp4.jpg CN-wp4 China Getty Images China Span Keren Su
CN-wp5.jpg CN-wp5 China Corbis Grand Tour Collection Aldo Pavan
CN-wp6.jpg CN-wp6 China Corbis Corbis Xiaoyang Liu
DE-wp1.jpg DE-wp1 Germany Getty Images MedioImages unknown (credited on Getty to Medioimages) Later reused in Microsoft's downloadable Blue Water theme
DE-wp2.jpg DE-wp2 Germany Getty Images MedioImages unknown (credited on Getty to Medioimages)
DE-wp3.jpg DE-wp3 Germany Getty Images Westend61 Dieter Heinemann Later reused in Microsoft's downloadable Blue Water theme
DE-wp4.jpg DE-wp4 Germany Getty Images Westend61 unknown (credited on Getty to Westend61)
DE-wp5.jpg DE-wp5 Germany Getty Images unknown Frank Krahmer Later reused in Microsoft's downloadable Blue Water theme
DE-wp6.jpg DE-wp6 Germany N/A Microsoft Holger Gawrisch
ES-wp1.jpg ES-wp1 Spain Corbis Corbis Jose Fuste Raga
ES-wp2.jpg ES-wp2 Spain Corbis Corbis John and Lisa Merrill
ES-wp3.jpg ES-wp3 Spain Corbis zefa Guenter Rossenbach
ES-wp4.jpg ES-wp4 Spain Corbis Corbis Fransesc Muntada
ES-wp5.jpg ES-wp5 Spain SIME/4Corners Images SIME/4Corners Images Ripani Massimo
ES-wp6.jpg ES-wp6 Spain N/A Microsoft Roberto Barrios Sanchez
Pont du Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon, France (3679125855).jpg FR-wp1 France Masterfile Masterfile Miles Ertman
FR-wp2.jpg FR-wp2 France Getty Images Photonica B.SCHMID
FR-wp3.jpg FR-wp3 France Corbis Corbis Doug Pearson
FR-wp4.jpg FR-wp4 France Masterfile Masterfile Frank Krahmer
FR-wp5.jpg FR-wp5 France Corbis Corbis Christophe Boisvieux
FR-wp6.jpg FR-wp6 France Getty Images Getty Images David Noton
GB-wp1.jpg GB-wp1 United Kingdom Getty Images Getty Images Philip Kramer
GB-wp2.jpg GB-wp2 United Kingdom Getty Images Getty Images Travelpix Ltd
GB-wp3.jpg GB-wp3 United Kingdom Getty Images Getty Images Peter Adams
GB-wp4.jpg GB-wp4 United Kingdom Corbis Corbis Richard Cummins
GB-wp5.jpg GB-wp5 United Kingdom SIME/4Corners Images SIME/4Corners Images Giovanni Simeone
GB-wp6.jpg GB-wp6 United Kingdom SIME/4Corners Images SIME/4Corners Images Olimpio Fantuz
IN-wp1.jpg IN-wp1 India N/A Microsoft Medha Jain
IN-wp2.jpg IN-wp2 India age fotostock age fotostock Stuart Westmorland
IN-wp3.jpg IN-wp3 India SIME/4Corners Images SIME/4Corners Images Spila Riccardo
IN-wp4.jpg IN-wp4 India Getty Images Getty Images Eric Meola
IN-wp5.jpg IN-wp5 India N/A Microsoft Pareekshit Singh
IN-wp6.jpg IN-wp6 India Corbis epa unknown (credited on Corbis to epa)
IT-wp1.jpg IT-wp1 Italy Getty Images Getty Images Darrell Gulin
IT-wp2.jpg IT-wp2 Italy Corbis Grand Tour Collection unknown (credited on Corbis to Grand Tour Collection)
IT-wp3.jpg IT-wp3 Italy Corbis Corbis Sergio Pitamitz
IT-wp4.jpg IT-wp4 Italy N/A Microsoft Marco Carrubba
IT-wp5.jpg IT-wp5 Italy Corbis Atlantide Phototravel Guido Cozzi
IT-wp6.jpg IT-wp6 Italy Corbis Corbis Hubert Stadler
JP-wp1 (Windows 7).jpg JP-wp1 Japan Getty Images Sebun Photo Hideaki Tanaka
JP-wp2 (Windows 7).jpg JP-wp2 Japan Corbis Corbis unknown (credited on Corbis to Image Plan)
JP-wp3 (Windows 7).jpg JP-wp3 Japan N/A Microsoft Shinobu Takahashi
JP-wp4 (Windows 7).jpg JP-wp4 Japan Masterfile Masterfile Jeremy Woodhouse
JP-wp5 (Windows 7).jpg JP-wp5 Japan Corbis Corbis Robert Essel
JP-wp6 (Windows 7).jpg JP-wp6 Japan Getty Images Getty Images unknown (credited on Getty to Tohoku Color Agency)
KR-wp1.jpg KR-wp1 Korea Getty Images DAJ unknown (credited on Getty to DAJ)
KR-wp2.jpg KR-wp2 Korea age fotostock age fotostock Matz Sjöberg
KR-wp3.jpg KR-wp3 Korea Corbis Corbis Christophe Boisvieux
KR-wp4.jpg KR-wp4 Korea Jupiterimages Jupiterimages unknown (credited on Getty to Jupiterimages)
KR-wp5.jpg KR-wp5 Korea Jupiterimages TongRo Images unknown (credited on Jupiterimages to TongRo Image Stock)
KR-wp6.jpg KR-wp6 Korea Getty Images DAJ unknown (credited on Getty to DAJ)
MX-wp1.jpg MX-wp1 Mexico Getty Images Getty Images Stuart Dee
MX-wp2.jpg MX-wp2 Mexico Masterfile Masterfile Freeman Patterson
MX-wp3.jpg MX-wp3 Mexico Corbis Westlight George H. H. Huey
MX-wp4.jpg MX-wp4 Mexico age fotostock age fotostock Martin Siepmann
MX-wp5.jpg MX-wp5 Mexico Corbis Westlight Randy Faris
MX-wp6.jpg MX-wp6 Mexico age fotostock hemis Hervé Hugues
NL-wp1.jpg NL-wp1 Netherlands Getty Images The Image Bank Frans Lemmens
NL-wp2.jpg NL-wp2 Netherlands Getty Images Getty Images Betsie van der Meer
NL-wp3.jpg NL-wp3 Netherlands age fotostock age fotostock René van der Meer
NL-wp4.jpg NL-wp4 Netherlands Getty Images Tony Stone Images Tony Craddock
NL-wp5.jpg NL-wp5 Netherlands Corbis Corbis Keren Su
NL-wp6.jpg NL-wp6 Netherlands SIME/4Corners Images SIME/4Corners Images Gaudenzio Luciano
PL-wp1.jpg PL-wp1 Poland age fotostock age fotostock César Lucas Abreu
PL-wp2.jpg PL-wp2 Poland age fotostock age fotostock Henryk T. Kaiser
PL-wp3.jpg PL-wp3 Poland Corbis zefa Manfred Mehlig
PL-wp4.jpg PL-wp4 Poland age fotostock age fotostock Henryk T. Kaiser
PL-wp5.jpg PL-wp5 Poland age fotostock age fotostock Piotr Ciesla
PL-wp6.jpg PL-wp6 Poland Corbis Corbis Eastcott Momatiuk
RU-wp1.jpg RU-wp1 Russia age fotostock age fotostock Eric Baccega
RU-wp2.jpg RU-wp2 Russia age fotostock age fotostock Wojtek Buss
RU-wp3.jpg RU-wp3 Russia Corbis ITAR-TASS Alexander Kolbasov
RU-wp4.jpg RU-wp4 Russia SIME/4Corners Images SIME/4Corners Images Gräfenhain Günter
RU-wp5.jpg RU-wp5 Russia SIME/4Corners Images SIME/4Corners Images Alexander Petrosyan
RU-wp6.jpg RU-wp6 Russia Getty Images Minden Pictures Konrad Wothe
TR-wp1.jpg TR-wp1 Turkey Corbis Jon Arnold Images Michele Falzone
TR-wp2.jpg TR-wp2 Turkey Corbis robertharding Adam Woolfitt
TR-wp3.jpg TR-wp3 Turkey Getty Images The Image Bank Derek Berwin
TR-wp4.jpg TR-wp4 Turkey Getty Images The Image Bank Mahaux Photography
TR-wp5.jpg TR-wp5 Turkey Getty Images Lonely Planet Dallas Stribley
TR-wp6.jpg TR-wp6 Turkey Getty Images The Image Bank Marc Romanelli
TW-wp1.jpg TW-wp1 Taiwan N/A Microsoft Kenny Chen
TW-wp2.jpg TW-wp2 Taiwan age fotostock age fotostock Vidler Steve
TW-wp3.jpg TW-wp3 Taiwan age fotostock Cretas unknown (credited on age fotostock to Cretas)
TW-wp4.jpg TW-wp4 Taiwan N/A Microsoft Perry Lu
TW-wp5.jpg TW-wp5 Taiwan age fotostock age fotostock Sylvain Grandadam
TW-wp6.jpg TW-wp6 Taiwan N/A Microsoft Sam Shih
US-wp1.jpg US-wp1 United States age fotostock age fotostock Alan Majchrowicz
US-wp2.jpg US-wp2 United States Getty Images Getty Images Ron and Patty Thomas
US-wp3.jpg US-wp3 United States SIME/4Corners Images SIME/4Corners Images Giovanni Simeone
US-wp4.jpg US-wp4 United States N/A Microsoft Shek Lun Ho
US-wp5.jpg US-wp5 United States Corbis robertharding Lee Frost
US-wp6.jpg US-wp6 United States Getty Images Getty Images Steve Bly
ZA-wp1.jpg ZA-wp1 South Africa Corbis Corbis Andy Rouse
ZA-wp2.jpg ZA-wp2 South Africa Masterfile Masterfile Daryl Benson
ZA-wp3.jpg ZA-wp3 South Africa Masterfile Masterfile Freeman Patterson
ZA-wp4.jpg ZA-wp4 South Africa Corbis Corbis Jon Hicks
ZA-wp5.jpg ZA-wp5 South Africa SIME/4Corners Images SIME/4Corners Images Ripani Massimo
ZA-wp6.jpg ZA-wp6 South Africa N/A Microsoft Keith D. Smith

Sample pictures

Windows 7 has eight sample pictures. Half of them are royalty free Corbis images; the other half were taken by Microsoft employees. Like with Windows Vista's sample pictures, they are all at a resolution of 1024x768.

Name Rating Licensed from Originates from Photographer Notes
Chrysanthemum (Windows 7).jpg
Chrysanthemum 4 Stars Corbis Corbis unknown (credited on Corbis to DLILLC)
Desert (Windows 7).jpg
Desert 3 Stars Corbis Corbis Ron Chapple Appears at 1280x960 in Release Candidate builds.
Hydrangeas (Windows 7).jpg
Hydrangeas 3 Stars N/A Microsoft Amish Patel
Jellyfish (Windows 7).jpg
Jellyfish 5 Stars N/A Microsoft Hang Quan
Koala.jpg
Koala 4 Stars Corbis image100 unknown (credited on Corbis to image100)
Lighthouse.jpg
Lighthouse 5 Stars N/A Microsoft Tom Alphin
Penguins (Windows 7).jpg
Penguins 4 Stars Corbis Corbis unknown (credited on Corbis to DLILLC)
Tulips (Windows 7).jpg
Tulips 4 Stars N/A Microsoft David Nadalin

User account pictures

Most of Windows 7's user account pictures come from Getty Images and use a mixture of royalty free and rights-managed licenses, with a few coming from Corbis, hired artists that worked on 7's wallpapers, and one Microsoft employee. As with Vista's, they are at 128x128.

Name Licensed from Originates from Photographer/artist Notes
Guest (Windows Vista).png guest N/A Microsoft/Iconfactory unknown Reused from Vista
User (Windows 7).png user N/A Microsoft/Iconfactory unknown
Usertile10 (Windows 7).png usertile10 Getty Images PhotoDisc Donovan Reese
Usertile11 (Windows 7).png usertile11 Corbis Corbis unknown (credited on Corbis to Spirit Value RF)
Usertile12 (Windows 7).png usertile12 N/A commissioned by Microsoft Punga
Usertile13 (Windows 7).png usertile13 Getty Images Getty Images Steven Errico
Usertile14 (Windows 7).png usertile14 Getty Images Getty Images Tetsuo Morita
Usertile15 (Windows 7).png usertile15 Getty Images PhotoAlto Laurent Hamels
Usertile16 (Windows 7).png usertile16 Getty Images Getty Images GK Hart/Vikki Hart
Usertile17 (Windows 7).png usertile17 Getty Images Getty Images Dave Zubraski
Usertile18 (Windows 7).png usertile18 Getty Images Getty Images Marco Simoni
Usertile19 (Windows 7).png usertile19 N/A commissioned by Microsoft Adhemas Bastista
Usertile20 (Windows 7).png usertile20 Getty Images Aurora Whit Richardson
Usertile21 (Windows 7).png usertile21 Getty Images Getty Images Rob Atkins
Usertile22 (Windows 7).png usertile22 Getty Images Digital Vision unknown (credited on Getty to Digital Zoo)
Usertile23 (Windows 7).png usertile23 Getty Images Getty Images Jeffrey Hamilton
Usertile24 (Windows 7).png usertile24 Getty Images Johner unknown (credited on Getty to Johner)
Usertile25 (Windows 7).png usertile25 Getty Images Getty Images Jeffrey Coolidge
Usertile26 (Windows 7).png usertile26 Getty Images Getty Images Livia Corona
Usertile27 (Windows 7).png usertile27 Getty Images PhotoDisc Ryan McVay
Usertile28 (Windows 7).png usertile28 Getty Images Getty Images Joseph Clark
Usertile29 (Windows 7).png usertile29 N/A Microsoft Gary Spradling
Usertile30 (Windows 7).png usertile30 Corbis Corbis David Selman
Usertile31 (Windows 7).png usertile31 Getty Images robertharding Robert Harding
Usertile32 (Windows 7).png usertile32 Getty Images imagewerks unknown (credited on Getty to imagewerks)
Usertile33 (Windows 7).png usertile33 Getty Images Getty Images Georgette Douwma
Usertile34 (Windows 7).png usertile34 Getty Images robertharding James Hager
Usertile35 (Windows 7).png usertile35 N/A commissioned by Microsoft Kat Leuzinger
Usertile36 (Windows 7).png usertile36 Getty Images robertharding Sakis Papadopoulos
Usertile37 (Windows 7).png usertile37 Getty Images Getty Images Vincenzo Lombardo The version used in Windows 7 has a light blue background and grass in front of the soccer ball added
Usertile38 (Windows 7).png usertile38 Getty Images Getty Images Martin Child
Usertile39 (Windows 7).png usertile39 Getty Images Getty Images Jeffrey Coolidge
Usertile40 (Windows 7).png usertile40 Getty Images unknown Alberto Coto
Usertile41 (Windows 7).png usertile41 Getty Images Getty Images Martin Child
Usertile42 (Windows 7).png usertile42 Getty Images SuperStock/Purestock James Urbach
Usertile43 (Windows 7).png usertile43 Getty Images WIN-Initiative unknown (credited on Getty to WIN-Initiative)
Usertile44 (Windows 7).png usertile44 Getty Images Tony Stone Images Chad Ehlers

Documents

Name Rating Notes
Welcome Scan.jpg
Welcome Scan 4 Stars Reused from Windows Vista (version has not been updated during Windows Vista)

Obtaining: open "Microsoft Windows Fax and Scan" program

Picture Puzzle

Logon backgrounds

The logon background is similar to the default desktop wallpaper, being designed by Chuck Anderson and Erik Attkisson too. The image itself is pretty minimalistic ― it depicts a sky blue background with several stripes and grass blades on it, and a bird near the leaves of one of the plants. This background is also used for the post-install OOBE. Like with Vista's logon background, it is included in a range of resolutions ranging from 1024x768 to 1920x1200.

The Embedded versions feature a completely different logon background, consisting of a dark blue radial gradient, and a line of rounded squares placed in line across the background. It is very similar to the branding wallpapers featured in the Embedded 2009 versions of Windows XP, albeit with duller shades of blue and more opaque squares. Like in regular Windows 7 editions, this background is also used for post-install OOBE and is included in various resolutions.


Setup backgrounds

The setup background is in BMP format and 1024x768, like with Vista. It can be seen during installation and in the recovery boot menu. It can be found in various places on the Windows 7 DVD as background_cli (i.e. in the /sources/ folder). It looks very similar to the logon background, although featuring a darker blue background colour, white clouds added on top, and some lines near the center shortened or made more transparent.

The Embedded versions also feature a different setup background. It is very similar to the logon background, although the line of squares is slightly further down and the colors are in a slightly different order. It can be found on the Windows 7 DVD as background_emb.


Trivia

  • Including all of the built in regional wallpapers, 7 has a total of 151 wallpapers, the highest number of wallpapers built into a version of Windows. If the downloadable regional ones that were made available upon 7's release are also included, the count goes up to 271.

References

  1. Sinofsky, Steven (2 May 2009). "A Little Bit of Personality". Microsoft - Engineering Windows 7.
  2. Adrian Rusen, Ciprian (August 24, 2009). "Will Austin About His Trip to the Desktop of Millions". Digital Citizen.
  3. Austin, Will (April 16, 2010). "Photos Featured on Windows 7". Will Austin Photography.
  4. Shepherd, Jennifer (December 9, 2010). "Around the world with Windows 7 themes". Windows Experience Blog.

External links