Customize Windows Media Player 12 (WMP12) Library Background Image in Windows 7

Windows Media Player 12 in Windows 7 comes with lots of enhancements and new features. One of them is the new Library view which allows users to manage their playlists, music, videos, recorded TV, etc.

Library view shows a nice minimal image in the background but did you know you can customize it and replace it with other images?

Actually Microsoft provides 7 background images for WMP 12 Library view but for some unknown reason, all of them are hidden and no simple option is provided to change them. Weird, isn't it?

Today in this tutorial, we'll tell you how to customize the background image of Library view in WMP12:

Change Library View Background Image in WMP12 using Registry Editor

1. Type regedit in RUN or Start Menu Search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences

3. In right-side pane, look for LibraryBackgroundImage DWORD value. It'll have a value of 6 which is the default value.

WMP12_LibraryBackgroundImage_Key.png

4. Now to change the background image, you just need to change its value from 6. You are allowed to choose a number between 0-6. Each number provides a new background image for Library view.

So you can set value of LibraryBackgroundImage to any digit between 0 and 6 and you'll get a new background each time.

Windows_7_WMP12_2nd_Background.png

5. That's it. Once you change the value, restart Windows Media Player and you'll see the new background image.

NOTE: If you don't want to do the task manually, download following ZIP file, extract it and you'll get all required registry scripts to change the background image. You just need to run the desired .REG file and it'll do the whole task automatically.

Download Registry Script

Special TIP for Advanced Users

All these 7 background images are stored in "%windir%\System32\wmploc.dll" file. You can open this file in Resource Hacker or Resource Tuner and then expand "257" directory. Under this directory you'll see several PNGs. You'll find following 6 PNGs after scrolling a bit:

LIBRARY_BACKGROUND2.PNG
LIBRARY_BACKGROUND3.PNG
LIBRARY_BACKGROUND4.PNG
LIBRARY_BACKGROUND5.PNG
LIBRARY_BACKGROUND6.PNG
LIBRARY_BACKGROUND7.PNG

WMPLOC_DLL_LibraryBackgroundImage.png

You just need to replace these PNGs with your desired images, save the file and then set the associated number in Registry using Step 4 and you'll see your new custom background image in WMP 12 Library view.

PS: Before editing and saving the file, take ownership of the file using this tutorial. If you still face problem while saving the file, save the file at some other location, then rename existing wmploc.dll file in System32 folder to wmploc_bak.dll and then copy the newly modified wmploc.dll file to System32 folder.





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Comments

  • WOW! great tutorial! I'm using the third PNG :-)

  • I've tried to do this with resource hacker and I'm really not sure how to fill out the "replace resource" window
    resource type? name? language?
    and then I tried it with PE explorer and I got an error message right at the end saying "error: Can't create new image file. the original file has been probably packed."
    what am I doing wrong?!!!
    I would really like for this to work soon!

    thanks

  • VG

    ^^ Please check following tutorial to understand the process of replacing resources.

    http://www.askvg.com/tutorial-all-about-resource-hacker-in-a-brief-tutorial/

  • If anyone interested: this method doesn't work with "Windows 8", but you can use "WMP12 Library Background Changer".

  • merci.

  • What is FPO?

  • VG

    ^^ There are many full forms of FPO such as "Follow on Public Offer", "Food Process Order". Don't know what Microsoft was thinking while using that watermark on images.

  • Used Resource Tools to change PNG's. System won't load modified PNG's, the only thing I can get it to do is change from default PNG's within the .dll. Even tried modifying wmploc.dll in SysWOW64 folder (my OS is Win 7 x64 Premium)

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