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Enable Dreamscene in Windows 7 [How to]

Posted by Stu On January - 7 - 2010


I was very disappointed to see the Ultimate Extras seen in Windows Vista, dropped in Windows 7 (if you can call them Ultimate extras!).  DreamScene was one of my favourites, but no fear, it can be enabled in Windows 7.

Windows DreamScene is a utility that allows videos and other optimized animations to be used as desktop wallpapers

Note:  You must have Aero enabled.

Here’s how it’s done;

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Change the Background in WMP12 (Part 2)

Posted by Stu On December - 4 - 2009


This guide is Part 2 to “Change the Background in WMP12”.  In Part 1. I showed you a simple method to change the WMP12 background using 7 backgrounds MS provided us with.  In this guide I’ll show you how to assign your own images.

I’ve made a background here that goes nice ( I think).  I’ll be using this image for the guide, you can of course, use your own.  Be cautious using dark backgrounds however.

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Change the Background in WMP12 (Part 1)

Posted by Stu On December - 3 - 2009


Part 1 of this guide will show you how to change the background in Windows Media Player 12 (WMP12) using ‘7’ backgrounds provided by MS.

It’s a simple procedure that involves editing the registry, however, see here before proceeding.

For those that aren’t keen on editing the registry, you can download this zip file which includes all the entries from background ‘0’ to ‘6’.  Just double-click the one you want to try, restart WMP12 and see the changes!

For those that like to do things the manual way, we’ll start with;

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Windows 7 Media Center Customization Handbook Released

Posted by Rich On November - 17 - 2009

Windows 7 Media Center Customization HandbookRSVR85 and I got together about a month ago and put together the Windows 7 Media Center Customization Handbook. RSVR85 took his previous Windows 7 Media Center Guides, updated them, and made them even easier to follow. I just put everything together and now it’s online and ready for your reading pleasure.

I’d like to thank RSVR85 for his hard work. This book is fantastic and I can’t wait to update my Media Center PC to Windows 7 so I can put these hacks into effect. His original forum post on the topic helped me customize Windows Vista’s Media Center (and this handbook will work, mostly, for Windows Vista Media Center.)

Download the Windows 7 Media Center Customization Handbook.

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Customize Aero Peek in Windows 7

Posted by Stu On November - 5 - 2009


Aero Peek is a cool new feature in Windows 7 that gives you X-Ray vision! By hovering the mouse over the small bar on the right hand side of the taskbar, you can temporarily see behind any open windows, to the desktop. Aero Peek is also used when the Alt+Tab combination on the keyboard is used & also when you hover your mouse over a Taskbar preview. By default, the delay from hovering the mouse on the bar on the Taskbar to showing the desktop is 1 second. This guide will show you how to speed things up (or slow it down).

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Speed up Windows 7 Taskbar Thumbnail Preview

Posted by Stu On October - 27 - 2009


By default in Windows 7, there’s a 400ms delay between you hovering your mouse over an open program’s Taskbar icon, and a preview of the open program being shown.

This guide will show you how to shorten that delay.

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