So this is the new default wallpaper for windows 10?

Windows 10 Hero image default wallpaper

I’m trying to catch up on the events from the last week or so and I see that Microsoft have a new default wallpaper for Windows 10.

This image, which Microsoft is now calling “the hero image,” is meant to set the tone for the release.

That’s unfortunate. I really don’t like it.

Windows 10 Hero image default wallpaper

Windows 10 Hero image default wallpaper

I don’t like it for many reasons and I’ll share what those are.

It’s too dark

I’m not sure who thought that a dark montage would be fun and dynamic but this guarantees that the first thing people will look for is a way to replace this image.

Aesthetically, the default image should be pleasant and easy on the eye. This is not.

It’s not a calm image

It’s a little foreboding and bordering on sinister. This is an Operating System that is going out to hundreds of millions of civilians who aren’t gamers and goths. Windows should appeal to everyone.

This image doesn’t seem like an image that is very aesthetically calming.

Windows is also an enterprise product

I can’t see this as the default desktop on business PC’s. Administrators will be using Group Policy to replace this immediately. No executive I know would keep this on their desktop.

It’s a little too new age

There’s this thing that Microsoft tend to do sometimes. They seem to get excited and then overshoot the mark. An example was the Surface breakdancing commercials.

This for a business device.

I feel like this is kind of the same thing. Dynamic, ambitious, out there and a little too much.

and finally:

Windows users are really conservative

These are the folks who rejected tiles, freaked out about a Start Menu and hated ribbons. Windows users love Windows because it’s the most productive Operating System on the face of the planet.

Not because it has the most cool bells and whistles.

I really hope Microsoft really reconsider and do something a little less dark and more conservative.

Something that says Windows 10 is coming and is upbeat.

That’s me – what do you all think?

Use the comments below…

So this is the new default wallpaper for windows 10? was last modified: June 27th, 2015 by Onuora Amobi

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  • Mohammed Taher

    I think i would not mind having this but thinking again my parents wold probably hate it ! . i would not mind if this was a available theme in the os.

    • Onuora Amobi

      Thats a great point. It would be a fantastic optional theme. Great point.

  • Clayf700

    I friggin love it.

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  • Dwayne

    It’s a personal taste thing. Personally, I really like it. I don’t know how long I would (will) leave it up, but only because I get tired of whatever wallpapers I have after a bit and change them up from time to time. In my experience most people don’t stick with the default image anyway. I’m starting to think we are getting way to many negative reviews of Windows 10 around what amounts to nothing more than “window dressing.” There’s my nickel’s worth anyways.

    • Onuora Amobi

      Yeah in the big scheme of things its relatively minor. That is correct.

  • Joann

    Doesn’t bother me at all. I rarely use the default anyway. What does bother me to distraction though is the terrible grammar on on this website. Single subjects with plural verbs – very annoying. Example: Microsoft have? It should be Microsoft has.

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      every day…. day and night…..


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    • spellsigner

      Yeah I saw that too, but as a non-native speaker I have learned to forgive little mistakes like these, so I didn’t say anything, haha.

      Plus, I didn’t want to sound like a smartass, or a grammar nazi.

      • Joann

        Well, if it was only now and then it wouldn’t matter, but it is always that way.

  • JP

    Agreed. Needs something a little more conservative.

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  • Harvest Løve

    If they’d ditch the light beams and just show the glass, I’d be ok with it … for a few days. 🙂

    • Onuora Amobi

      LOL yeah that would make a difference but.. still dark though…

  • Brian Photastic

    I played with it in Lightroom and reduced clarity and added more haze for a softer look. MS are welcome to use my version for just a credit!!;-)

    • Count_Dooku

      Nice work Brian, I like it!
      I never use the default Windows wallpapers so it’s not really a huge issue, it’ll be the first thing I change anyway. The 10 wallpaper is better than the default 8 flower wallpaper though. That was really dull.

      • Kyle Andrews

        The only default wallpaper which was really any good was Bliss. It is the most viewed photo ever in history.

  • Steve

    Its not bad but as Onoura said its not dramatic when you consider that WINDOWS 10 should evoke a Star Wars type event maybe the Windows on a Star field background like they are getting ready to go into hyperdrive!!

  • idtownie

    I totally agree with you and think that Microsoft should change it, although there’s no way they’re ever going to. I also don’t like the fact that it’s on a black background, which I think looks bad because it doesn’t make the environment look vibrant and doesn’t contrast with the black taskbar.

  • Ephraim Becker

    My favorite wallpaper!

  • John E Reese

    I hate any and all wallpapers, they are a waste of memory and hard disk space. I use solid color usually blue/green or blue turquoise. For me other good reason for solid color is the icons, they show up better and easier on my old eyes. The reason for wallpaper is not require for newer flat screens of today, back in the old CRT days, you used screen wallpaper to keep you CRT from getting burn in with Excel spreadsheet. (Yes, I have seen CRT with burn in outline of Excel or Lotus 1-2-3.) Going back into time, I have seen the C: burn into screen.

    • Joann

      I remember those days, but I worked in the student computer lab with 30 computers in a student work/study program at our community college while taking classes (late bloomer graduated college at 52) and saw even desktop icons ‘burned’ into the screen on the computers where the desktop was a solid color. The only real ‘cure’ back then was a moving screen saver or put the computer to sleep/hibernation (hated hibernation – took too long to ‘wake up’ the computer).

    • Onuora Amobi

      That’s really back in the day!

      • John E Reese

        See I remember MS-DOS version 1 on 5 1/4″ floppy one side 360Kb. Windows 8 & 10 need around 4 Gb DVD or hard drive. It’s like Wright Brother’s first fight can be flown in C-7 belly.

  • Voice of Reason

    I usually do not use “standard” wallpapers but I agree with Gary Grover (above) that using the Windows “colors” coming thru the Windows might be nicer although it would be busier but then some wallpapers are quite busy.

    • Onuora Amobi

      That might have been a really good design!

  • Rapikol

    Definitely not good for Windows 10

  • Jasco

    Who cares? It’s only changeable wallpaper. It’s what’s underneath that counts.

  • carstorm

    I’m often on the PC and prefer dark screen elements period so I like the new default wallpaper, I prefer custom wallpapers though so I’ll probably change it pretty quick. Maybe though I will just modify it (at least for a few months till I get bored and change my wallpaper to a new one)

  • kryzstoff

    It reminds me of the TV in poltergeist… otherwise I don’t have an issue with it — simple, abstract art tends to date better than more detailed images.
    But seriously, why don’t they just setup the Bing homepage image as the default wallpaper ?

  • DouginKtown

    I like it. I’ve seen a lot of wallpapers since Win 3.1 🙂 and I think it’s good.

  • Ruby Andrews-Lester

    I like it….

  • Andy Lee

    Of all the ridiculous things for people to complain about. Does any serious computer user really care what the wallpaper image looks like. Well I don’t like desktop wall papers, so mine is mid grey, since I work in 3D graphics and enjoy photography, fancy backgrounds are far too distracting. I spend my time looking at the UI of whatever program(s) I am using

    As for not being able to see the icons on the screen. I don’t have those either. I have a few quick access links to the most used stuff and that’s about it

    As for stuff hurting your eyes after a while. what the hell are you doing staring at this wallpaper.. Do you actually do anything with you computer or is it just a very expensive photo frame

    NOTE: Wallpapers were not designed to prevent burn in, most CRT screens would have been running very early versions and they supplied screen savers for the burn in problem, and yes the screen saver thing is still there for those who still have old CRT monitors. Oh yes, some still do, believe me

    Dwayne is right on one point though. Everyone is being way too negative about Windows 10.. and for my money I think there is one main reason

    They got it for free (A FIRST FOR MICROSOFT, should have thought of that one back in the days of 3.1) and once they got it, they complained about everything. Instead of thinking give it a few months, see how things work out, let them iron out the problems.

    All they had to do was wait, let the insiders sort it all out, let Microsoft fix it.. but as always people want it and they want it NOW. Forcing the update (failed for most) Downloading it because they couldn’t wait any more only to have problems and wishing they hadn’t bothered.

    Like my grandfather used to say “You don’t get anything for free in this world…there is always a catch and you will pay for it eventually”