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Video Desktop Background

Learn How-to have a Video Play as the Desktop Background in Windows

Steve Smith talks about how to load video and other types of desktop backgrounds using Wallpaper Engine. Replacement for Windows Vista's DreamScene feature.

Episode #7-38 released on May 20, 2017

Remember the good old days of Windows Vista. Probably not, many people hated Windows Vista, but those who loved it, loved the feature called DreamScene. It allowed us to place a video as the background of the desktop instead of a static image.

Now, Windows Vista is obsolete, which is a good thing, but many of us would probably enjoy a good alternative choice to this cool idea. Welcome to Wallpaper Engine, available on Steam. This early access application allows you to have video backgrounds, music, static images, even custom applications a little like Rain Meter. You can select different backgrounds for each monitor, too. And, the tool is extremely easy to use. Getting new backgrounds is as easy as going to the Steam Workshop, and you have the option to create your own backgrounds, as well.

The Wallpaper Engine application is straight forward to use and at less than five bucks Canadian right now, the program is worth a definite look at.

First, to get the program, open the Steam Client, and look up Wallpaper Engine, if you are interested, buy it.

Second, once downloaded open the Wallpaper Engine application. You will already have some backgrounds you can play with.

Third, want more backgrounds? Who doesn't? Click the blue workshop button in the interface, and search for whatever suits your fancy. To add them to your collection, simply subscribe to them.

Fourth, now ready to pick a background for your desktop, or multiple desktops? Click on the background you want. Interested in decorating a different desktop, click monitor and select the one you want to decorate. The click ok.

Fifth, and this applies to those who wish to use this program as soon as Windows loads. In the primary window, click the gear icon in the upper left and go to General. From the task bar, select settings, again head over to general. Click the empty box, and then Set High Priority to allow Wallpaper Engine to startup when Windows loads.

Now, go forth and decorate your desktops.

Host : Steve Smith | Music : | Editor : Steve Smith | Producer : Zed Axis Dot Net