What is a good way to change desktop background on system startup?

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  1. Posts : 1,768
    Windows 11 [21H2]
       #11

    I will create a batch file tommorow. The advantage of my batch file is that is free and it is stopping people to change your wallpaper by setting some DeskThemePacks. The disadvantage is the batch file is needed to be on background to work.
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  2. Posts : 118
    10 (1909)
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       #12

    dalchina said:
    Post #2 which you quoted....

    Such progs usually also have options to stretch or crop images as appropriate.

    Example: Wally - very simple to use, nothing much to think about once set.

    So I tried this.

    The image change via this app is also afflicted by the issue of lag and flickering GUI's. So it seems the glitch is in Windows' changing of the accent color. For whatever reason.

    This might work out though, if it successfully runs and changes the background at startup. (Though it's a bit funny when I set both change on startup and close after change. :) ) Do you think it actually runs at system startup, or more like user login?
    (If the latter I might try to start it on actual system startup via Task Scheduler, because of separate issue. Though that almost always fails, if it ever succeeded for me. I can't recall an occasion)

    (speaking of: have you ever hear of a sort of third party accent color changer app? Which would generate more pleasing colors?)
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  3. Posts : 1,768
    Windows 11 [21H2]
       #13

    I just created the batch file.
    What is a good way to change desktop background on system startup?-image.png
    This is the download:
    WallpaperChanger.bat

    V2.1.1 Download
    WallpaperChanger.bat

    V2.1.2 Download (Added Startup Files and bug fixes)
    WallpaperChanger.bat

    This is the tutorial:
    2021-04-26 07-53-06.mkv - Google Drive
    Last edited by jbcarreon123; 26 Apr 2021 at 18:23.
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  4. Posts : 12,421
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #14

    I may be reading this thread wrong in thinking the image wants to be loaded showing the sign-in details, before Windows starts loading which would be necessary for running apps to make changes. Some years ago it was possible to do it with earlier versions of Windows, 98SE and earlier, that still used the autoexec.bat and/or config.sys files to configure the computer before Windows functioned. Used to do it to set particular colored icons for different hard drives.
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  5. Posts : 118
    10 (1909)
    Thread Starter
       #15

    jbcarreon123 said:
    I just created the batch file.

    This is the download:
    WallpaperChanger.bat



    This is the tutorial:
    2021-04-26 07-53-06.mkv - Google Drive
    Thanks, I'll check.this out as well.
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  6. Posts : 1,768
    Windows 11 [21H2]
       #16

    avada said:
    Thanks, I'll check.this out as well.
    Go ahead. You need to convert your photos in an DeskThemePack file.
    Save Theme in Windows 10
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  7. Posts : 118
    10 (1909)
    Thread Starter
       #17

    avada said:
    Do you think it actually runs at system startup, or more like user login?
    (If the latter I might try to start it on actual system startup via Task Scheduler, because of separate issue. Though that almost always fails, if it ever succeeded for me. I can't recall an occasion)
    Well, it was the latter, so I tried Task Scheduler. And well, the program ran, but the background image ended up being only 1024*768 resolution in the middle of blackness. Too bad, otherwise it successfully changed the background.

    Ugh.
    Any other trigger outside logon that I tried results in an 1024*768 image...
    Last edited by avada; 26 Apr 2021 at 14:40.
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  8. Posts : 1,768
    Windows 11 [21H2]
       #18

    avada said:
    (speaking of: have you ever hear of a sort of third party accent color changer app? Which would generate more pleasing colors?)
    DeskThemePacks is the solution. an configuration file, a cursor set, a audio schemes, a wallpapers, and more is crammed in one file. The DeskThemePack.
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  9. Posts : 118
    10 (1909)
    Thread Starter
       #19

    jbcarreon123 said:
    DeskThemePacks is the solution. an configuration file, a cursor set, a audio schemes, a wallpapers, and more is crammed in one file. The DeskThemePack.
    I see, that requires some patching (or other hacking) to work, right? So that third party themes can be set to be used.

    I have a number of pictures though. Creating a theme for might require exorbitant time.

    avada said:
    Ugh.
    Any other trigger outside logon that I tried results in an 1024*768 image...
    I wonder why this is though. Is it some sort of default resolution?
    What I don't get is why would it fail to get the proper resolution on both startup, and shutdown.
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  10. Posts : 12,421
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #20

    avada said:
    I wonder why this is though. Is it some sort of default resolution?
    What I don't get is why would it fail to get the proper resolution on both startup, and shutdown.
    I would think it's both the timing of Windows loading drivers for the startup and the unloading of the drivers in the shutdown process.
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