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Windows 7: How do I set a moving animated .gif image as my desktop b.g./wallpaper

12 May 2014   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
How do I set a moving animated .gif image as my desktop b.g./wallpaper

Hi guys. I'm not all that computer literate but I have Windows 7 Professional 64-bit on my laptop and its hooked up to my 42" Full HD TV, used as my computer's monitor.
I have downloaded and am trying to use this moving .gif image:

as my desktop background/wallpaper.
I've Googled and Youtubed the subject, as many seem to say that Microsoft doesn't allow you to use animated .gif desktop backgrounds in Windows 7 but they say there are ways around it. They pretty much all say to use a program called DreamScene but that didn't work for me at all! I tried several times! I eventually found a trial version of a program called BioniX Desktop Wallpaper Animator that ran as an add-on program in the "Tools" menu inside another program called Bionix Wallpaper Changer. This worked perfectly! I stretched the gif to fill my screen. You could even set the speed of the .gif frames to make it seem exactly like the speed of real flames rising (the default speed was slightly too fast).
I just turned my computer back on this morning and tried to run BioniX Desktop Wallpaper Animator, as I do every startup, to start the .gif running as my desktop background and it wouldn't let me.. A small window popped up whenever I tried to select the fire .gif to use, saying "Please Update"... I opened the main BioniX Wallpaper Changer program (which still works I might can still use a playlist of normal jpg's as a slideshow fade-transition type background) and clicked the "Check for Updates" button but it said I already have the latest version. The Bionix Desktop Animator tool/program within it does not have a "Check for Updates" button. So I can only assume that because both are only free trials, that "Please Update" actually means "Please pay for the full version"...I can't do that. I don't have a credit card. But anyway... I also tried un-installing the program and re-installing it. This didn't work either!
I was wondering if anyone knows of any other alternatives to BioniX that will allow me to permanently use this moving gif as my desktop background/wallpaper and select/change the play speed/frame-rate of the gif?? The search for an alternate program is doing my head in!!! Thanks again.

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12 May 2014   #2

Win-7 H-Prem-x64 Linux-M-Mate-17.1x64

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
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Using a gif will not be possible but you can convert the gif to a wmv file to use it instead,
how to play gif images in wall paper in windows 7
But this is resource hog,

Here's a 1600-900 version of the gif which might be more appropriately sized for a desktop background,
The file is 11.3mg so this is where the resources get eaten up
Download it from my OneDrive it is in a zip folder,
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17 May 2014   #3
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Welcome to Seven Forums WheelzWindows7. This should work with DreamScene Activator. It works with animated gifs. Download here;

DreamScene Activator: Activate DreamScene In All Editions Of Windows 7 & Vista | door2windows

Extract the zip file to the directory of your choice> Navigate to the folder you chose> Right click on the Windows 7 Dream Scene Activator application and choose Run as administrator> When the application opens, set it to On

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Right click on your animated gif, and choose Set as Desktop Background

That should do it. A Guy

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16 Aug 2014   #4

windows 7 32bit
thats stupid

in windows xp all you needed to do is just "browse" and then upload the picture as a background picture
and it will still acknowledge the animated feature of the .gif file

in windows 7 it doesn't work for some reason, very sloppy programming i reckon
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16 Aug 2014   #5

Win7 Pro 32bit

No, it's most likely to have one less route for malware to run when Windows loads.
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24 Feb 2015   #6

windows 7 64 bit

One method I've found that can work is if you create a html page with the gif as the whole page you can then set that html page as the desktop background. I know it works on XP but it might not work on 7 (can't check right now as I an on my wp8)
The html would look like:
<img src='path to file'>
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