Add Background Images to Folders in Windows

Add Background Images to Folders in Windows

Do you wish to add a background image to your folders in your computer to make it as more attractive . It is relatively easy to add background images to folders using a simple Desktop.ini trick just as you change your Desktop's background. Desktop.ini is a system file that is used to customize the appearance and behavior of folders in Windows. We can use this features of desktop.ini files to add backgrounds to folders.

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  • Open Notepad.

  • Copy and paste the following code:-

 [{BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}] iconarea_image="location of the   
  • You need to slightly modify this code on Windows Vista and Windows 7 as the ability to add folder backgrounds has been removed. So, if you use these versions of Windows, install AveFolder and then, replace [{BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}] with [AveFolder] in the above code. To install this app, extract all the files and then, open the folder according to your installation of Windows (32 bit or 64 bit),right click install.bat and select Run as Administrator.In this code, iconarea_image is the parameter where the location of your image will go.

  • Save the file as desktop.ini.

  • Place this file in the folder where you want your personalized background.

  • For the Windows XP users, need to add system attribute to the folder where you want a background. To do this, open command prompt and then execute "attrib +s D:\Music" (without quotes). if "D:\Music" is the location of your folder. If there are spaces in the location of your folder, you just need to add double quotes around it.Windows Vista and 7 users need not to add system attribute to the folders.You might do log off and log back for the changes to take effect.Sometimes, AveFolder app fails to work, In such case you need to restart Windows Explorer. 

You can hide this desktop.ini file if you feel that it is something that should not be visible in your folder.

 If you are using a personal picture as the background of the root folder of my flash drive.
Whenever you connect it to my Windows PC, the picture is displayed as the background. You can also do this, but remember that you  should have the image in the drive itself. Because you cannot assign a static location to the iconarea_image parameter (as the drive could be G:/ on one computer while F:/ on the other), you just need to add the image's dynamic location. To do this, add "/{location of the image in flash drive}" as the value of iconarea_image. For example, if your image is located in the Pictures folder in the flash drive, you just to have this value as:-


This is more important to note that the background to your flash drive will only be displayed on the computers having Windows XP (if you have used the code for XP) or computers having Windows 7 and Windows Vista that have the AveFolder installed on it.Remember that there is no way to make the background of your flash drive to make visible on all computers unless
you modify your flash drive to automatically install this app [AveFolder] on every PC you plug it in.