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Well, on Windows XP and on Windows 98 you can put an animated gif as an wallpaper easily.

On Windows Seven, when doing that the displayed wallpaper is only a frame of the animated gif.

How to put an animated gif as wallpaper on Windows 7?

PS: If the solution is a 3rd-party software, I do prefer a free solution :)

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You can use this to allow use of wmv and mpg as a background in 7. http://windows7themes.net/how-to-use-dreamscene-in-windows-7.html

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nice. i'll try it... –  kokbira Jul 23 '12 at 17:57
    
functioned. tanks :) –  kokbira Nov 30 '12 at 11:46

You don’t. Active Desktop was removed in Vista.

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It was removed because it was a security risk and WAS exploited. –  Ramhound Jul 23 '12 at 14:46
    
Was that resource call "Dreamscene" on Windows 7? –  kokbira Jul 27 '12 at 17:44

Your only option in Windows 7 is to use a third party application, such as Stardock's Deskscapes to provide that functionality. I use Deskscapes on my home machine and I love it (most of the time). It does occasionally cause my desktop screen to stop responding after exiting a full screen game, but this is rare. And I can get it to work just by restarting Explorer from the Task Manager.

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interesting. is it freeware? i'll test it... –  kokbira Jul 23 '12 at 17:54
    
mmm... trial :/ i'll wait for a freeware answer... –  kokbira Jul 23 '12 at 17:55

My idea would be writing up a little sidebar app that runs in fullscreen with the image/video as background. Not sure if this would be more expensive ressource-wise than other solutions. Also: your icons on the desktop would be hidden, so one would have to redraw them on the new layer of the sidebar app.

But I'm sure there is always someone who finds a cleverer way.... (Or is there a way to make those apps transparent for click-events?!)

Writing those apps is really not hard, it's basic Html with some CSS:

MSDN Tutorial

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Download dreamsceneseven from http://www.dreamsceneseven.com/ and then download wallpapers what you like here http://www.dreamsceneseven.com/animatedwallpapers.htm. Set you background as instruction.

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