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JohnS
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Re: API Error 8

Postby JohnS » Fri May 19, 2017 4:09 pm

Thanks for some more suggesitons.

And yes I know about WinXP. The problem is I have been using some very useful, but old software that goes back to early 1990s, and runs under DOS. No windows version exists, and it is fast, a lot of commandline stuff. Version of Windows beyond XP still run some stuff slower. Latest is not always the best and fastest. And I understand why you would not test under WinXP--a waste of your time for sure

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Re: API Error 8

Postby JohnS » Fri May 19, 2017 4:50 pm

I made a video (but could not atach it, so I made PICS of key frames) when I tried "smooth" option. Basicaslly, you can see the wallpaper change process begin, but then it aborts and even clears the current wallpaper to nothing. Maybe this will give you some ideas

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Before WallpaperSSP command
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As far as the change command would go
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After change finished (aborted?), Previous wallpaper was now REMOVED! on all monitors!
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Re: API Error 8

Postby gpb » Fri May 19, 2017 11:54 pm

It seems windows active desktop fails to set wallpaper, there is another (older) way to set a new wallpaper but currently wallpaperss uses it only when active desktop components are disabled. I don't remember how active desktop works on XP, anyway on next days I will prepare a WallpaperSS version that allows you to use the old method. It should work better.
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Re: API Error 8

Postby JohnS » Sun May 21, 2017 2:49 am

Oh, well, gee, THANKS!

But I think read on forum that this error also appeared on a non XP system??? Not sure. if so, your work may be useful for all users, not just me

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Re: API Error 8

Postby gpb » Wed May 24, 2017 3:06 pm

Here is a version where you can disable active desktop:
http://www.gphotoshow.com/files/wpsprosetup-424.exe

Here are a couple of .reg files to disable/enable active desktop interface. Extract them from the zip file and double click on DisableActiveDesktop.reg, accept all security prompt from windows and start WallpaperSS.

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Re: API Error 8

Postby JohnS » Sat May 27, 2017 4:19 pm

Ok I will test these. Thanks for all your great support. I'll get back to you


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