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Today I am looking for a program to set a video as my wallpaper on Windows 7 and Windows XP.

I need it to be free. If it costs, I am not looking to spend over $20. Is there a program on Windows 7 and compatible with Windows XP that can do this?

I have tried doing this with VLC player, but didn't have DirectX Video Output on the drop-down list. I also tried DreamScene. Didn't work and only works/is supported on Windows Vista and 7. I did try it on Windows 7 but didn't work.

Nice to haves are.....

  • Free
  • Is compatible and can run on both Windows Xp and Windows 7
  • Portable (?) if possible
  • You can use VLC. – user111 Jul 28 '14 at 13:13
  • @AndréDaniel- Technically I already did that but in the drop down options it seems that it was gone- the DirectX Video Output. – Izumi-reiLuLu Jul 28 '14 at 14:03
  • Have you tried reinstalling DirectX ? – user111 Jul 28 '14 at 14:04
  • @AndréDaniel- I don't know how to do that. I would have assumed it was pre-installed but it wasn't for mine (?) – Izumi-reiLuLu Jul 28 '14 at 14:07
  • Yeah it's normally preinstalled and updated through Windows Update, but try this anyway, then reboot your computer and see if DX video output works again. – user111 Jul 28 '14 at 14:10
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You can use Stardock DeskScapes:

  • 10 USD (one-month trial)
  • Use your images and videos as the desktop wallpaper
  • Windows 8.1/8/7
  • Multi-monitor support

Stardock DeskScapes is a program that allows users to have animated wallpaper on their Windows Vista desktop. It supports playing video as animated wallpaper, dynamically generated content as animated wallpaper, and more.

DeskScapes supports the new .Dream format. The .Dream format has been specifically designed to contain content intended to be used as animated wallpaper (making it much easier to find on the net than looking for video files). The .Dream format supports triggers, dynamic content, MPEG video, WMV video, and author information.

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    It is a good application. Am using it. – Tomin Jacob Nov 25 '14 at 3:53

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