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

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  1. Posts : 118
    10 (1909)
       #1

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


    Hi!

    Since wallpaper changing is a terrible borked mess, I'm thinking changing it once per system startup (including from hybernation) would be a good compromise, compared to a periodic changing of background. I like the background changing, but not unresponsiveness (global) and GUI blinking (native GUI toolkit apps) that comes with it.

    My best guess would be a scheduled task that is (successfully) triggered by a system startup. Though I'd need some command to do that which I don't know, and set the slideshow interval really high. (otherwise I'd need a script to manually select a random image)

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  2. Posts : 34,896
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    There are plenty of free background changers that can take pictures from a variety of sources, whether those be online or your own folder.

    E.g. Wally, John's Background Switcher...

    For example, Wally can be set to change the background once, then quit. I.e. no overhead. Or, continually change on a schedule.

    Best Free Wallpaper Changer | Gizmo's Freeware

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  3. Posts : 1,768
    Windows 11 [21H2]
       #3

    You can make multiple deskthemepacks then attach it into an batch file. That mechanism is used in my DeskThemePacks. Or, you can use @dalchina's solution.
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  4. Posts : 118
    10 (1909)
    Thread Starter
       #4

    dalchina said:
    There are plenty of free background changers that can take pictures from a variety of sources, whether those be online or your own folder.

    E.g. Wally, John's Background Switcher...

    For example, Wally can be set to change the background once, then quit. I.e. no overhead. Or, continually change on a schedule.

    Best Free Wallpaper Changer | Gizmo's Freeware

    What is a good way to change desktop background on system startup?-1.png
    Thanks, I guess I'll need to try some.
    jbcarreon123 said:
    You can make multiple deskthemepacks then attach it into an batch file. That mechanism is used in my DeskThemePacks. Or, you can use @dalchina's solution.
    What's "DeskThemePacks", and where's dalchina's solution?
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  5. Posts : 34,896
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #5

    where's dalchina's solution?
    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.
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  6. Posts : 1,768
    Windows 11 [21H2]
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    avada said:
    Thanks, I guess I'll need to try some.

    What's "DeskThemePacks", and where's dalchina's solution?
    Check the theme packs thread here and search for my themes. E.g. SevenTheme then modify the batch file.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Note: the setup.bat not the others.

    what is the deskthemepack?

    normally, DeskThemePacks has wallpapers, cursors, and sound schemes in windows10.
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  7. Posts : 118
    10 (1909)
    Thread Starter
       #7

    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.
    What is a good way to change desktop background on system startup?-1.png
    Sorry, since he linked a user account, I didn't think he meant the previous reply.
    Thanks.

    jbcarreon123 said:
    Check the theme packs thread here and search for my themes. E.g. SevenTheme then modify the batch file.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Note: the setup.bat not the others.
    Okay. Thanks!
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  8. Posts : 1,768
    Windows 11 [21H2]
       #8

    I will add an instructions how to use a batch file to change wallpaper continuesly. Or you can use the slide show option in Wallpapers in 10

    What is a good way to change desktop background on system startup?-desktop_slideshow-1.jpg
    Source: TenForums (View Slide Show of Pictures in Windows 10 [tenforums.com])
    Last edited by jbcarreon123; 23 Apr 2021 at 06:30.
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  9. Posts : 118
    10 (1909)
    Thread Starter
       #9

    jbcarreon123 said:
    You can make multiple deskthemepacks then attach it into an batch file. That mechanism is used in my DeskThemePacks. Or, you can use @dalchina's solution.
    jbcarreon123 said:
    Check the theme packs thread here and search for my themes. E.g. SevenTheme then modify the batch file.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Note: the setup.bat not the others.

    what is the deskthemepack?

    normally, DeskThemePacks has wallpapers, cursors, and sound schemes in windows10.
    So having taken a look, I'm not sure what's your suggestion about. It looks like the batch installs one theme. What do you mean by "attaching multiple", and how does it translate to changing backgrounds?

    jbcarreon123 said:
    I will add an instructions how to use a batch file to change wallpaper continuesly.
    That'd be nice. Then I could figure what's this about. :)

    jbcarreon123 said:
    Or you can use the slide show option in Wallpapers in 10

    Source: TenForums (View Slide Show of Pictures in Windows 10 [tenforums.com])
    Seeing as the bugged nature of that is the reason I'm looking for a workaround, that's not an option.

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    dalchina said:
    There are plenty of free background changers that can take pictures from a variety of sources, whether those be online or your own folder.
    E.g. Wally, John's Background Switcher...

    For example, Wally can be set to change the background once, then quit. I.e. no overhead. Or, continually change on a schedule.

    Best Free Wallpaper Changer | Gizmo's Freeware
    dalchina said:
    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.
    Can these bypass Windows' mechanism to change background? I have strong suspicion that the bugginess of the transition effect between backgrounds is the cause of the latency and visual artifacts that happens during a background change.
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  10. Posts : 34,896
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #10

    Thank you very much for your reply.


    This may be helpful- very detailed- for both Home and Pro to overcome Windows reapplying its own - even if it's set to be e.g. a solid colour or picture.
    How to stop people from changing your Windows 10 desktop wallpaper | Windows Central
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