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I've heard that you can have your desktop background change, based on a directory or location of photo's. Kewl.

This post says the location can be an RSS feed -> awesome!

A sample RSS feed could be NASA's Image of the Day.

So .. how do I do it, in Windows 7 RTM? I can't find the option, anywhere?

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Here's a quick HowTo, the quick and dirty way to get the NASA daily image as your background. For more resources check IStartedSomething and MakeUseOfUs and for some useful troubleshooting tips if you can't get it to work.

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  1. Copy this text into Notepad:

    [Theme] 
    DisplayName=NASA 
    
    [Slideshow] 
    Interval=1800000 
    Shuffle=1 
    RssFeed=http://www.nasa.gov/rss/lg_image_of_the_day.rss
    
    [Control Panel\Desktop] 
    TileWallpaper=0 
    WallpaperStyle=0 
    Pattern=
    
    [Control Panel\Cursors] 
    AppStarting=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_working.ani 
    Arrow=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_arrow.cur 
    Crosshair= 
    Hand=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_link.cur 
    Help=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_helpsel.cur 
    IBeam= 
    No=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_unavail.cur 
    NWPen=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_pen.cur 
    SizeAll=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_move.cur 
    SizeNESW=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_nesw.cur 
    SizeNS=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_ns.cur 
    SizeNWSE=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_nwse.cur 
    SizeWE=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_ew.cur 
    UpArrow=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_up.cur 
    Wait=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_busy.ani 
    DefaultValue=Windows Aero 
    Link=
    
    [VisualStyles] 
    Path=%SystemRoot%\resources\themes\Aero\Aero.msstyles 
    ColorStyle=NormalColor 
    Size=NormalSize 
    ColorizationColor=0X6B74B8FC 
    Transparency=1
    
    [MasterThemeSelector] 
    MTSM=DABJDKT
    
  2. Save the file as “NASA.theme”

  3. Activate the theme. Double-click on the NASA.theme file to launch it. In the Subscribe to RSS Feed? prompt, click Download Attachments.

After following the three above steps, you’ll now see the NASA theme appear on your screen. It will also be stored in the “My Themes” section of your personalization options.

Edit: I changed it to NASA, but I'm not sure if the RSS feed works like this, alternatively you could load up a feedburner link.

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+1 Bing feed isn't working, but by changing the feed to nasa, it works like a charm. Also the formatting has to be perfect. Adjust it so it's the same as on th "howto-blogpost" –  pavsaund Aug 12 '09 at 8:08
    
first tag has double [[, should be [ –  pavsaund Aug 12 '09 at 12:12
    
Doesn't work :( I get the error "This theme can't be applied to the desktop. Try clicking a different theme.". This was after i double-clicked on the new file i made (and renamed to NASA.theme). ??? BTW, i'm on Win7 RTM (MSDN edition). –  Pure.Krome Aug 13 '09 at 0:10
    
Lol then the [[ seems intentional –  Ivo Flipse Aug 13 '09 at 4:11
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This works. I based it on the 'Bing.theme' examples, and changed the RssFeed url, from Ivo's answer.

[[Theme]
DisplayName=Bing

[Slideshow]
Interval=1800000
Shuffle=1
RssFeed=http://www.nasa.gov/rss/lg_image_of_the_day.rss

[Control Panel\Desktop]
TileWallpaper=0
WallpaperStyle=0
Pattern=

[Control Panel\Cursors]
AppStarting=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_working.ani
Arrow=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_arrow.cur
Crosshair=
Hand=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_link.cur
Help=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_helpsel.cur
IBeam=
No=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_unavail.cur
NWPen=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_pen.cur
SizeAll=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_move.cur
SizeNESW=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_nesw.cur
SizeNS=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_ns.cur
SizeNWSE=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_nwse.cur
SizeWE=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_ew.cur
UpArrow=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_up.cur
Wait=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_busy.ani
DefaultValue=Windows Aero
Link=

[VisualStyles]
Path=%SystemRoot%\resources\themes\Aero\Aero.msstyles
ColorStyle=NormalColor
Size=NormalSize
ColorizationColor=0X6B74B8FC
Transparency=1

[MasterThemeSelector]
MTSM=DABJDKT
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