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Animated wallpaper for Vista Home Premium

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whs
whs
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Someone asked you for an animated wallpaper. He has Vista Home premium. Now I know there are a lot of those out there, but last time I tried one (a fireplace at Christmas), I had all kinds of trouble getting rid of it. I therefore never tried one again. If you are using one that is safe to use for a PC newbie, I would appreciate the info. As I said, on the web I can find them myself but I am really only looking for one that you are/have used yourself and know that it is easy to install and easy to remove (or switch off) without creating any problems.

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Scott
Scott
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http://www.stardock.com/produc...../index.asp

(I don't use it though)

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jack7h3r1pp3r
jack7h3r1pp3r
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couldn't you just use .gif files? or do those not work?

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Santo
Santo
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Stardock DeskScapes comes only with 3 free animated wall papers and they are not that good. But the really good ones does not come free!!

MS removed active desktop feature in Vista and people started making money by creating special application that will enable this feature to CERTAIN extent.

Using active desktop it was very easy to create a HTML page on our own with animations have a cool looking background images (which I had in my XP computer)now it is not possible to have the same feature in Vista :(

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jd2066
jd2066
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I don't know if the animations work but there is an active desktop replacement program for Windows Vista. See http://www.howtogeek.com/howto.....for-vista/

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Santo
Santo
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@jd2066 it is not interactive you need to keep refreshing....

http://www.howtogeek.com/forum.....replies=43

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whs
whs
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Hi everybody, Thank you for all your inputs. I really appreciate it. But I am still looking for someone that is, or has actually used an animated desktop that is safe to use for a young newbie. I am not yet giving up. Maybe the "night shift" will have some news.

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jd2066
jd2066
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Just wondering, why would anyone want to do this? For me my desktop is usually covered with Windows so I wouldn't be able to see the moving wallpaper.

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whs
whs
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jd, he's a 14 year old boy.

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Scott
Scott
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Something else from Andreas, http://www.desktopfx.net/

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Scott
Scott
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@ Santo, no you do not need to keep refreshing. You can set each page to refresh at any interval you'd like.

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Santo
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@Scott.. Thanks for web-link. But in the download page it says "A preview version of Desktop Effects can be downloaded, that will expire on May 24, 2008".
Does it mean that after May 24, 2008, Desktop Effects will stop working?

I will try this application once I reach home.

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whs
whs
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I saw this too. Looks like they will charge after May 24. I have seen that happen with other programs too. They were free for years and then all of a sudden they started charging - Fast Stone Capture comes to mind.

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Scott
Scott
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Yes, I think it's trialware.

@ Santo, it could be the very first version Ave posted of DesktopSites did not have the 'live update interval' feature. Shortly thereafter it did, and does.

@whs, I think Ave has always charged for a full version but releases trials from time to time gratis.

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