If you have the same wallpaper on a dual monitor, whenever you try to set different wallpapers for each monitor, this article will show you how to fix this issue.
You can’t set different wallpapers on your dual monitor because you have multiple desktops open on Windows. Here is how you can fix this bug:
Press Windows key + Tab to open the Task View Interface. You will see thumbnails of your multiple desktops; close all of them. Now go to Settings -> Personalization -> Background, and when you right-click on a picture, you’ll see the option Set for Monitor 1/2.
This will let you set different wallpapers on your dual monitor setup.
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If this doesn’t fix your issue, ensure that you have the latest drivers and that both monitors are enabled in the device manager.
How to Fix Same Wallpaper on Dual Monitors in Windows by Updating Drivers
Often, hardware issues are related to outdated or missing drivers. So, if the fix above didn’t work, try to update your display adapter and monitor drivers.
Since Windows Update often delivers the wrong drivers, I recommend you use third-party software as it is more reliable. Here is how to do it:
- Download Driver Booster and install it.
- Open Driver Booster and click on the Scan button to look for outdated drivers.
- After the scan is finished, click on the update button next to update display adapters and monitors’ drivers.
(You can also check all devices and click on the Update Now button on the upper-right corner to update all drivers at once.)
How to Fix the Same Wallpaper on Dual Monitors by Enabling Them in Device Manager
It can be that one (or even both) of your monitors are not enabled in Device Manager, even though they are working at some level, so make sure both are enabled as shown below:
- Right-click on the Start Button and click on Device Manager.
- On the Device Manager, expand Monitors.
- Right-click on each monitor, and select Enable Device.
Due to a bug, you can’t set different wallpapers on dual monitors if you have multiple desktops open on Windows 11.
So, to fix having the same wallpaper on dual monitors, press Windows key + Tab and close all desktops. Then you will see the option “Set to Monitor” when right-clicking a picture in Settings -> Personalization -> Background.
If this doesn’t work, try to update your display adapter and monitor drivers with Driver Booster, and make sure that your monitors are enabled in the Device Manager. Also, make sure to update your Windows to the latest version.
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