Windows 11’s new feature lets you use the Settings app to set JXR files as your desktop background. This means you can finally enable the JPEG extended range images, known for continuous tone photographic quality, on desktop backgrounds with HDR.
Windows has always supported JXR files since it’s based on technology initially developed by Microsoft under Windows Media Photo. While it’s possible to set JXR files as desktop background on Windows 11 or even Windows 10, HDR support has been missing. Without HDR, JXR’s continuous-tone photographic images do not look great on the desktop.
Microsoft is improving the way Windows desktops handle JXR files. In Windows 11 23H2 or later, you can finally use JPEG XR (JPEG extended range) as your desktop background with HDR support. However, remember that HDR-supported display is a must if you want to use the JXR images to their true potential.
To get started, download and install the most recent build from the Canary channel of the Windows 11 preview program. And make sure you have an HDR-supported display by going to Settings > System > Display.
You can toggle the HDR mode in the Display settings, which shows up only when the device’s built-in or connected display has HDR capability.
In a blog post, Microsoft recommended testers run the HDR Calibration app to get the best picture quality. In some cases, users may not be able to use the feature in Windows 11 preview builds, and some of you may run into issues with the HDR…