It was called active desktop in Windows 98.Trying to figure out how i get an animated gif on my desktop, i remember doing it years ago , but forgot and cant figure out how.
He's referring to additional moveable images on top of the background image.I just tried it with an animated gif in XP, worked fine. You'll probably want it centered rather than stretched or tiled, but otherwise there was no problem. What happens when you try?
I'm not entirely sure, but the desktop is one of the lowest priority threads in Windows normally, I don't know if they change it at all when you enable active desktop. . .but I doubt they do because it isn't really meant for doing animations, it was a deprecated technology almost from the beginning.As in "on" and not "completely made of" then, I guess? (Edit: There were many replies while I typed this response)
I remember just right clicking one and selecting "use as desktop" before. It was over a minute long, several megs, and tiled dozens of times. It slowed the computer to the speed of an old turtle fighting against a river current with a weight on its back.
It was meant to do a lot of cool things actually and if you know HTML you can add search bars without much problem. Active Desktop was meant to be the portal for a slew of neat features and Microsoft scrapped it because it was going to eat in 98's sales and it wasn't really taking off anyway. It has always been a resource hog and inefficient, they may not have changed the code from when it was first released.Yeah, that sort of thing is slow as ****, even if you aren't doing anything. Anyone remember animated icons? That lasted all of five seconds.
My guess is the same as KOW's, Windows doesn't prioritise background refreshes. As far as I can tell Active Desktop does nothing, it used to let you use JPG instead of just BMP in 98, and it caused irritating refresh issues during bootup, that was about it.