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I've been using the Windows 7 RTM lately, and I love the new "desktop slideshow" feature that changes the desktop background at an interval. How can I mimic this behavior on other version of Windows? (I'm on Vista 64-bit, if it matters.) I don't need fancy transitions or other features, I just want it as close as possible to the Windows 7 feature without using up too many resources.

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It is simple enough to do a search for "desktop slideshow" or "wallpaper switcher." – he_the_great Aug 21 '09 at 22:09
It's simple enough to do Google anything, but if you'd Google everything you wouldn't ask anything on SuperUser. – Eran Aug 21 '09 at 22:10
he_the_great: "Are you new to the stackoverflow family of websites? RTFM and Google it are not acceptable answers here." – Josh Hunt Aug 21 '09 at 22:13
@Joshhunt, that is why I didn't answer. There are tons of programs that fit the requirements for, "changes wallpaper." If there was actually some restricting factor on requirements it would be worth answering. @Xenorose, not everything is easy to Google. – he_the_great Aug 21 '09 at 22:38
@he_the_great, first, there's nothing like a good advice from people who already tried, again that's the point of SuperUser. Also, there are a few restriction in this question: that it will be light on resources and minimalistic, that it will run in Vista etc'. – Eran Aug 21 '09 at 23:07

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You could try either John's Background Switcher, WallPapa or Wallpaper Juggler.

The cool thing is that they can not only cycle through pictures on your computer, but also download pictures from different sites, like interfacelift or flickr.

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Wallpaper seems to be exactly what I want. Thanks. :) – Sasha Chedygov Aug 26 '09 at 22:36
When I said Wallpaper I meant WallPapa. ;) – Sasha Chedygov May 10 '10 at 0:35

I've been using Webshots from about Win98, in fact, I still use the same old version from back when (works even under Vista/Win7).
More modern programs don't offer anything new that I'd care for, all I want is a background change every set interval.
It simple, minimalistic and works well.

Link to the old version (v.

Webshots Website

They just don't make 'em like they used to.

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I used the free version of wallpaper master for a long time under xp before going the pro version to take advantage of the dual monitor functions.

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