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Windows 7 Workaround for Animated GIF Wallpaper

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  • Hi!  Not sure if this is the right forum category but a previous post of this got me pointed here, so let's hope.

    I know Windows 7 does not play animated GIF images as a wallpaper like it did back in XP days.  I saw a potential workaround but can't get it to work.  I split my GIF of choice into frames, and have about 40 pictures in a folder.  I set the desktop to switch pictures every 10 seconds.  I then ran regedit, and set the desktop slideshow interval to 250 milliseconds, or 1/4 of a second I believe, and various other numbers just to check if there's a minimum.  However this didn't affect anything and it still only changes every 10 seconds minimum.  Last Tick High and Last Tick Low are available in the same folder, but are defaulted to 0 and I left them that way (if that has an effect).  I know about apps like dreamscene and such, I just want this GIF to work and see if it's possible to have a download-free workaround.

    May the fleas of a thousand camels feast happily on the lower regions of your enemies. And may their arms be too short to scratch!

    Thursday, September 12, 2013 5:29 PM

Answers

  • Hi ,

    Thank you for your effects and time.

    Based on my knowledge, You can add it but it will be presented as static not animated. Microsoft has no workaround to get it to work.

    Windows 7 does not support animated desktop background. Considering the high system resource usage of animated desktop, Windows 7 has removed this feature to meet the most computer hardware configurations. However, I will still send your feedback to Microsoft to check if this feature can be added again. I think most of the new computers can support animated desktop properly.

    Thank you for your feedback regarding our products. We are striving to capture any and all product feedback so as to ensure that we are continuously developing Microsoft products to meet our customers' needs. This is exactly why feedback such as yours is always valued. And I hope your concern can be addressed with a new service pack or a new Windows version in the near feature.

    Regards,

    Blair Deng


    Blair Deng

    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by psifreak Friday, September 13, 2013 1:32 PM
    Friday, September 13, 2013 8:13 AM

All replies

  • Hi ,

    Thank you for your effects and time.

    Based on my knowledge, You can add it but it will be presented as static not animated. Microsoft has no workaround to get it to work.

    Windows 7 does not support animated desktop background. Considering the high system resource usage of animated desktop, Windows 7 has removed this feature to meet the most computer hardware configurations. However, I will still send your feedback to Microsoft to check if this feature can be added again. I think most of the new computers can support animated desktop properly.

    Thank you for your feedback regarding our products. We are striving to capture any and all product feedback so as to ensure that we are continuously developing Microsoft products to meet our customers' needs. This is exactly why feedback such as yours is always valued. And I hope your concern can be addressed with a new service pack or a new Windows version in the near feature.

    Regards,

    Blair Deng


    Blair Deng

    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by psifreak Friday, September 13, 2013 1:32 PM
    Friday, September 13, 2013 8:13 AM
  • So modifying the registry isn't the solution huh?  Bummer, I thought maybe I just missed a step somewhere.  Thank you for the reply!

    May the fleas of a thousand camels feast happily on the lower regions of your enemies. And may their arms be too short to scratch!

    Friday, September 13, 2013 1:33 PM
  • Hi ,

    Thank you for your effects and time.

    Based on my knowledge, You can add it but it will be presented as static not animated. Microsoft has no workaround to get it to work.

    Windows 7 does not support animated desktop background. Considering the high system resource usage of animated desktop, Windows 7 has removed this feature to meet the most computer hardware configurations. However, I will still send your feedback to Microsoft to check if this feature can be added again. I think most of the new computers can support animated desktop properly.

    Thank you for your feedback regarding our products. We are striving to capture any and all product feedback so as to ensure that we are continuously developing Microsoft products to meet our customers' needs. This is exactly why feedback such as yours is always valued. And I hope your concern can be addressed with a new service pack or a new Windows version in the near feature.

    Regards,

    Blair Deng



    So in previous versions of Windows when computer technology was primitive compared to today Microsoft thought animated wallpapers weren't too taxing on the system, but when the advent of higher processor speeds and graphics chips started making their way into more PCs that's when Microsoft decided "oh no, we can't have them supporting animated GIFS as wallpapers, it might crash everything!"? It's contradictory in more ways than one for the fact that the wallpaper themes bundled with Windows in Vista and 7 include animated pictures. MS never ceases to amaze me with their inconsistency.

    Thursday, November 07, 2013 11:29 AM