Got a dull looking Windows desktop background? Want something original and cool looking but have no skills? Here is an easy way to make very cool desktop backgrounds with free software you may already have on your Windows machine.
Step 1: Boring
So here is my very plain and nothing background for my desktop. So very dull to look at. My graphic skills are uber lame at best, so I'll cheat myself some cool backgrounds.
For this project I'm using Winamp and Irfanview. These are free for the taking at http://www.winamp.com
Winamp as most of you should know if a good (while bloated) MP3 player with a lot of chrome plating. Irfanview is a very good image viewing tool. I use both of these daily. Anywho... lets move on and get ride of the dull desktop.
First you need to know what your screen res is. To find this out quickly, right click on a blank area of the desktop (not on top of an icon). You'll get a window like this, left click on "Properties".
Now your "Display Properties" window is open, left click on the "Settings" tab and see what the Screen resolution is set to. In my case, it is 1280 by 1024 pixels. Make a note of what your settings are and then left click on the "Cancel" button.
Fire up Winamp and gets some music playing. Don't bother with any of that lame hippie crap, play something good... Fu Manchu for example. With some music playing, you will need to configure some settings in Winamp....
Left click on "Options" then left click on "Preferences"...
The "Winamp Preferences" window will open. There is long list of items on the left side, scroll down until you find "Visualization" and click on it. The right side of this window will should then have "Advanced Visualization Studio vX.XX (vis_avs.dll)" displayed, left click on that to highlight it as shown in the pic, then left click the "Start" button followed by left clicking the "Configure" button.