Introduction: Video Backgrounds for XP

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Do you hate vista, but love the fact that you can get video backgrounds on it? Do you have an xp? Here is an Instructable that you can use to get a great quality video background of anything on the web or even your own videos for FREE.

Step 1: Grab the Vlc Media Player, This Is the Player That You Will Use to Play Your Background.

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Go to this site and download the vlc media player and install it...then proceed to step 2.

Step 2: Start Changing Your Preferences.

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Open the media player and go to settings then preferences. Then expand the interface tab, then the main interfaces, then click wxwidgets. In the bottom right corner of “wxWidgets interface module” window, click on “Advanced options” to show advanced settings. Then uncheck the Taskbar check box in order to remove VLC Player title from the taskbar while the program is running.

Step 3: Almost Done, Now Just Change a Few More Things.

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Expand the video tab, then Output Modules and then select Direct X. In bottom right corner of DirectX Video Output window, check the Advanced Options check box in order to see all the settings available. Then check the enable wallpaper box. After that go to playlists and customize it. Then click save and go to step 4.

Step 4: Now Open It Up and Add Your Video.

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Open vlc player and hit ctrl-F, or go to file-open file. Then hit browse and select your video. Then select ok and minimize the player.

Step 5: Adding a Youtube Video.

If you want to add a youtube video, then go to youtube, find the video that you want, and copy the url, then go to, paste the url and download the video.

Step 6: Enjoy.

Good luck with this and enjoy your video backgrounds.


santy22 (author)2008-10-10


punkatsub (author)santy222008-10-12

it is

Foaly7 (author)punkatsub2009-02-19

Hear, Hear!

punkatsub (author)Foaly72009-02-19


Foaly7 (author)punkatsub2009-02-20

It means I Agree.

punkatsub (author)Foaly72009-02-20

it would be aye, wouldn't?

awang8 (author)punkatsub2009-02-21

I also like pie!

punkatsub (author)awang82009-02-21

the pie is loved

lolcat360 (author)punkatsub2009-03-15

Yum... pie

Xamith (author)lolcat3602009-05-09

I would love some pumpkin pie right now

punkatsub (author)Xamith2009-07-17

Apple pie is better

lolcat360 (author)punkatsub2009-07-18


punkatsub (author)lolcat3602009-07-18

Don't start trolling about pie.

Xamith (author)punkatsub2009-07-19

Pi is pretty cool too... 3.141592653579323846...

lolcat360 (author)Xamith2009-07-19


Xamith (author)lolcat3602009-07-20

no one really invented pi, it just is the diameter in realation to the circumerfrence of a circle or something like that.

lolcat360 (author)Xamith2009-07-20

Yeah... thats what my dad said.

Xamith (author)lolcat3602009-07-22


awang8 (author)Xamith2009-07-22


Xamith (author)lolcat3602009-07-18


updown789 (author)punkatsub2009-07-17

I am Pie!

Foaly7 (author)punkatsub2009-04-03

Actually we is both right.

rocketman221 (author)2009-02-09

is this a resource hog?

cornflaker (author)rocketman2212009-06-12


jhonsilver5 (author)2009-06-09

i cando that in 1 click in windows 2000... is window xp really that bad???

santy22 (author)2008-10-09

moist and delicious......pie?

jackdaun (author)2008-07-17

i never new you could do this on vista, how do u?

Green Grasshopper (author)2008-05-27

It's very nice but is their a way to make the movie loop so you don't have to press play all the time?

Guppy8 (author)Green Grasshopper2008-05-27

yes, right click the video and check loop.

GorillazMiko (author)2008-03-22

Cool! I would like to try this out. Nice job!

camb00 (author)2008-03-22

we go the same name lol :P

Junooni (author)2008-03-21

somehow not working for me :(

Guppy8 (author)Junooni2008-03-22

Okay, try to play a video and then right click the play area and make sure that wallpaper is checked.

GitarGr8 (author)2008-03-21

Very cool instructable! I love VLC and had no idea you could do this. Just a small critique, your screen shots are kinda hard to see. You might want to check out ScreenHunter, which allows you to get screenshots of full screens, active windows, or you can just drag a rectangle of what you want a picture of.

Guppy8 (author)GitarGr82008-03-21

Yeah, I noticed that my screenshots were kind of bad, thanks for the tip.

dbarak (author)2008-03-21

You can also use animated GIFs as wallpaper. Since my name is Dave, I created a HAL camera eye and put animated type that spelled out "I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that." An appropriate message for a machine running Windows...

gamer (author)2008-03-21

i was showing my mo this yesterday:P nice instructable! -gamer

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