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March 30, 2005 10:32 PM PST

As promised, here's the Microsoft desktop background changer. It automatically changes your desktop background on a user-definable period. Scroll down to the "Winter Fun Pack 2004 for Windows XP" and select it. I think you have to be in IE for the validator to work (it validates that your copy of XP is activated).

Since it's from Microsoft, I figured this was the best way to go, given the other sketchy shareware solutions out there. It basically lets you select a directory and cycles through images in that directory. The standard placement options, etc. are there. It runs in the taskbar so you can tell it jump to the next image and stuff. I set my XP taskbar options to "always hide" it, so it's not that intrusive. It does what I need it to do, although there are a few peeves:

Comments (4)
Ian, March 31, 2005 09:31 AM:

If you don't want to validate your copy of Windows, Winter Fun Pack 2004 can be downloaded from FileForum.

J, March 31, 2005 10:07 AM:

Yeah, I saw it some other places, but I never know if I can trust the downloads from shareware sites. I have no idea how they verify submissions. Microsoft may validate you, but at least you're pretty safe it doesn't contain viruses.

John, April 2, 2005 01:09 AM:

Just curious, how did you determine that is uses 4Mb of RAM?
Also what is the 30 min limit? For me it seems to go down to 15min. I haven't tried it on a dual monitor yet. The question there is will it properly set the background to 'tile'. If not then the 'combined' image won't show on both monitors properly.

J, April 2, 2005 01:38 AM:

Dude, just download an internal build and tweak it already.

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