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I know Windows 7 has this feature, and I'm pretty sure Vista does too. I'm looking for a program to regularly pick from a set pool of desktop images for my XP desktop. Does anyone know where I can find something like this?

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Could you please mark a better question as the accepted answer. "RTFM and Google it are not acceptable answers here" –  David Pearce Sep 5 '09 at 0:45
This has been asked before, as Xenorose pointed out. Even most of the answers are the same. –  alex Sep 5 '09 at 6:52
i was merely pointing out that asking the right question will yield much better results with search engines rather than using a term that isn't even a word known in the english language. –  Molly7244 Sep 5 '09 at 16:57

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Wallpaper Juggler <-- nice one :)
John's background switcher

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Wallpaper juggler is a nice one. Thanks for the link! –  ThisTime Sep 5 '09 at 6:36

There's a PowerToy for that.

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Your answer should be the accepted answer. –  ephilip Sep 5 '09 at 1:07
Powertoys! Love the sound of that :) –  alex Sep 5 '09 at 6:53

There was a similar question here.
As I said there, Webshots is a good program and an old version of it is minimal and works great.

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While its defiantly a kludge it might work for you as well; though I started with a different premise in mind: to rotate wallpapers on restart.)

If one right clicks, a saved (offline) image, and sets an image as desktop it will land in the folder c:\documents and settings\%user%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\wallpaper*.bmp (if one right clicks in iexplore.exe or another browser it might land in a different directory: C:\Documents and Settings\%User%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Internet Explorer Wallpaper.bmp)

While my first thought was to call the autoexec.bat file, and have it execute before it gets to windows (cleaner). I was having a little difficulty (does xp still call the autoexec.bat at startup; or is it this partially locked down machine?)


echo off
rem insert an ascii image here... 
cd Docume~1
cd %user~1%
cd LocalS~1
cd Applic~1
cd Micros~1
ren wallpaper1.bmp wallpaper0.bmp
ren wallpaper2.bmp wallpaper1.bmp
ren wallpaper3.bmp wallpaper2.bmp
ren wallpaper4.bmp wallpaper3.bmp
ren wallpaper5.bmp wallpaper4.bmp
ren wallpaper6.bmp wallpaper5.bmp
ren wallpaper7.bmp wallpaper6.bmp
ren wallpaper8.bmp wallpaper7.bmp
ren wallpaper9.bmp wallpaper8.bmp
ren wallpaper0.bmp wallpaper9.bmp
del wallpaper0.bmp
cd \

Being I failed at the autoexec.bat I called the rotate.bat file on startup with a registry edit. \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\, Create New String "Rotater" Edit Value to C:\rotate.bat. (I know c:\Docume~1\%user~1%\StartM~1\Progra~1\Startup*.* might be easier, but ... )

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I use Wallpaper Changer for years and I am happy with it, not longer updated and a bit old, but works well, is flexible and isn't on the way.

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I've been using Wallpaper Randomizer. It's free and works very well. I like having the ability to set the time interval.

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