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video on the start screen

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    Server 2012 / 8.0

    video on the start screen


    Hello all. With the Windows 8.1 Preview, there is the capability to run videos in the background of the start screen and all apps area that is running on the desktop using Stardock Deskscapes. There is a beta available (8.09) that works but is a little buggy for now. If you want to see an active waterfall or ocean waves on the start screen and apps area you can but the software is still in beta and so is Windows 8.1 Preview (beta). When the final releases happen, it should really be something if you like that sort of thing. The CPU utilization is really low, depending on the video.

    EDIT : update : Deskscapes version 8.1 release now works - (not in beta)
    It requires RTM or GA release of Windows 8.1 and updated video drivers.
    Last edited by mdmd; 02 Nov 2013 at 16:12. Reason: new info

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    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Last edited by mdmd; 02 Nov 2013 at 15:46.
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    Server 2012 / 8.0


    UPDATE: Deskscapes videos now work on the start screen.

    Working on posting a demo... for now,
    Deskscapes final release version 8.1 is working in Windows 8.1.

    Just by setting the desktop to show on the start screen - Taskbar and Navigation Properties - Navigation Tab -
    Show my background desktop on start (videos - dreams - play in the apps area also)
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    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Well here is a sample. Made the video small, short and lightweight so its not HD.
    Don't have much installed yet. Video on the start screen, desktop and all apps area.

    This should be a good enough sample. Obviously it is not HD and looks better on the computer monitor.

    Last edited by mdmd; 01 Nov 2013 at 23:12.
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video on the start screen
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