How to set HDR (JXR) wallpapers on Windows 11

You can now set HDR images as desktop backgrounds, and here's how on Windows 11.

Windows 11 HDR backgrounds
Windows 11 HDR backgrounds / Image: Mauro Huculak

On Windows 11 24H2, you can now change the wallpaper using HDR (.jxr) images for devices with HDR monitors, and in this guide, you will learn how. The ability to set a “.jxr” file as a desktop wallpaper is virtually the same process as applying a standard JPEG. However, once you apply the wallpaper, you have to turn on the “HDR” feature on the device to notice the difference.

Depending on the capabilities, if you have a multiple monitor setup with a mix of displays, the system will automatically show the image on HDR and SDR.

JXR files contain images saved using the JPEG XR (extended range) image format, and they are of higher quality than traditional JPEG images. Improvements include more accurate colors, higher compression ratios, lossless and lossy compression, and an alpha channel used to provide transparency.

In this guide, I will teach you the steps to set HDR background images on Windows 11 24H2 (2024 Update).

Change desktop wallpaper using HDR image on Windows 11

To change the desktop wallpaper with an HDR image on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Personalization.

  3. Click the Background page.

  4. Select the Picture option under the “Personalize your background” section.

    Windows 11 HDR wallpaper

  5. Click the Browse photos button.

  6. Select the “.jxr” (HDR) wallpaper image.

  7. Click the Choose pictures button.

  8. Click on System.

  9. Click the Display tab.

  10. Turn on the “Use HDR” toggle switch under the “Brightness & color” section.

    Windows 11 enable HDR

Once you complete the steps, the HDR image should now appear as the desktop background on Windows 11.

Update June 18, 2024: This guide has been updated to ensure accuracy and reflect changes to the process.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me. Email him at [email protected].