March 26th, 2010 11:38 AM
Change Your Wallpaper on Windows 7 Starter
(This thread is apart of the " Nihil's One Interesting Post a Day for 28 Days Challenge )
Few people would argue that Windows 7 is a great step forward for the platform -- but those folks probably don't use the Starter edition. Anyone who is stuck with it will know that this entry-level variant of Microsoft's operating system is swathed in red tape, and is a real bummer to use beyond browsing the Web or checking your email. Aimed at netbooks and other proprietary systems, it's the most diluted version of Windows 7 with many basic features missing. Among them are the Aero Glass interface, fast user switching, DVD playback, multi-display support, as well as personalization options, such as the ability to change desktop backgrounds, window colors, or sound schemes.
Most of the excluded features won't really hinder the use of a netbook. After all, few ship with DVD drives or have multiple users anyway, but staring at a bright blue Windows logo for the lifespan of your system is torture. Hell, even Windows 3.1 lets you set a desktop background, and thanks to a number of free utilities, so will Windows 7 Starter.
There are many workarounds online, but we recommend the one provided by Oceanis, which you can download here. Extract and run the program, and reboot upon completion. You should see a new image and message on your desktop, giving credence to Oceanis.
Run the utility and click Browse to select a directory of images. Not only will you be able to define one wallpaper, but you can also select several of them for a slideshow, which can be configured to rotate in various intervals, ranging from a minute to a day.
It's worth noting that a new process called "WallPaperAgent.exe" will run at all times, but it only consumes about 900K of system memory (visiting AO via IE consumes over 30,000k for comparison).
If it's an issue, you can end the process and the custom wallpaper seems to remain intact for that session, but the process is launched again after a reboot and if you cripple the executable (C:\Program Files\Oceanis\SystemSetting\WallPaperAgent.exe) the program won't function properly.
Likewise, uninstalling Oceanis' background changer utility will revert your desktop background to the default Windows 7 wallpaper. It's truly a minor "annoyance" all things considered, and most people would happily sacrifice a smidgen of RAM in exchange for a custom wallpaper.
Last edited by HYBR|D; March 26th, 2010 at 11:44 AM.
March 26th, 2010 12:33 PM
Microsoft needs to fire the people they hired from Gnome.
Ever since XP first displayed an ugly round start button, I began my process of switching on the NT/classic themes on every newly installed computer I've come in contact with.
March 26th, 2010 02:32 PM
I wasn't even aware there was a starter version.
March 27th, 2010 04:43 AM
You learn something new everyday Joe.
I have it installed on my netbook " msi U100 wind "
Simpler and easier to use
Windows 7 Starter puts less between you and what you want to doŚless waiting, less clicking, less hassle connecting to networks. Windows 7 Starter combines the latest in reliability and responsiveness with the familiarity and compatibility of Windows.
In the United States, Windows 7 Starter is only available on small notebook PCs (netbooks)
. Want to turn your PC into an entertainment hub and personalize it to match your style? Consider Windows 7 Home Premium
What do you need? Read the fine print
March 28th, 2010 07:53 AM
This is great though considering how much useless crap you'll end up uninstalling in the Home editions.
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