Microsoft Introduces New Version of Its Iconic Windows 10 Hero Wallpaper – Download Links

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Mar 3, 2017
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Microsoft appears to be planning to introduce a new version of its default Hero desktop wallpaper for Windows 10. The latest Windows 10 Cloud build brings a slightly revamped wallpaper, updated from the earlier Windows 10 wallpaper that was introduced back in June, 2015.

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Folks at Windows Central spotted this new Windows 10 wallpaper in Windows 10 Cloud build 15046. The design of the latest wallpaper appears to be less complex, and is giving a very old-Windows look. While some reports suggest that the Redmond software giant is planning to use this revamped Windows 10 wallpaper exclusively for Windows 10 Cloud, it wouldn’t be surprising if Microsoft also offered the latest Hero image with Windows 10 Creators Update.

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Windows 10 Cloud, as reported earlier, is a lightweight version of Windows 10, designed to compete against Chrome OS. A lighter version of Windows 10, the Cloud operating system will only be able to run Unified Windows Platform (UWP) apps installed from the Windows Store. The revamped Hero image that has shown up in the latest builds also goes along with this “lightweight” theme, further reinforcing its simplified design.

The current version of Windows 10 wallpaper was introduced in June 2015, right before Microsoft released Windows 10 to the public. It is unclear whether the company will use the latest wallpaper for all Windows 10 versions or specifically for Cloud. However, we sure like the original version more than the new one.

Original Hero wallpaper

If you are on Windows 10 Cloud build 15046, you can go to C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper\Windows (default wallpapers folder) to locate img0, which is the Hero wallpaper. Switch “C:\” with the drive in which your Windows 10 is installed.

Alternatively, you can also download the latest Windows 10 wallpaper from here. The redesigned wallpaper is available in a range of sizes, from 1024 x 768 up to 4K (3840 x 2160).

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