Wallpaper question...

By Meastly ยท 9 replies
Jul 20, 2012
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  1. This may not be the correct place to post this...but I'll give it a shot. Would it be possible to have a live wallpaper in Windows 7 that displays real time pc specs? Stuff like CPU usage and Memory usage....things like that?
  2. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    You could use Rainmeter. It's not a wallpaper, but it should give you similar functionality.
  3. Meastly

    Meastly TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I thought about that, but always thought it would be a cool idea to have it all integrated directly into a wallpaper...
  4. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    Think about what you're asking for a minute:
    You want to see the information in the Task Manager>> like this:

    But if you're looking at the Wallpaper, you're looking at the Desktop. That means that only what started on boot will be active. So you really don't want this on the Wallpaper/Desktop.

    Instead, give this a try:
    Make a Shortcut to Start Task Manager in Minimized Mode

    This should make the Task Manager viewable for you when you are using the processes you want to monitor. You can click on View in the TM and select the columns you want to display.
  5. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +50

    I think Technochicken has gotten as close to an answer for you, than anything else. I have been using Rainmeter since the very late 1990's to present day. If you want to simulate your so called "live or living desktop" Rainmeter would be one way of going about it. Give it a look....


    Once you've got the program going, you can then find various other Rainemeter skins and monitors here...

    And bobbye has got a good point, do you want to always see that "plain jane" and boring Windows task manager thing as your "living desktop", I sure wouldn't!

    Just give the likes of Rainmeter a try, it will put the "sling bling" in your desktop!
  6. L.Fluffy

    L.Fluffy TS Member

    If you are using windows 7 or Vista they come standard with your gadgets.
  7. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +50

    Yes they do come stock with "gadgets"! But I would side on caution when advising a person to use the gadgets. Not that I've ever used mine, which I haven't. But since reading a TechSpot article about possible security risks in regards to Windows Gadgets, I have since removed them, all of it, their gone. You might want to give the article a good look!

    Windows Gadgets

    I still feel that the safest bet for the original poster is downloading and installing and then using Rainmeter!
  8. L.Fluffy

    L.Fluffy TS Member

    Thanks for the eye opener, I can't access my display setting but this only happened after the power failed and my system crashed, highly doubt the gadgets would have anything to do with that?
  9. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    Well, you threw a big one in here!
    Have you resolved that yet? What happens when you try to access Display in the Control Panel.

    I guess this is one of the 'gadgets>
    CPU Meter Gadget [​IMG]
    I see a couple of other 'gadgets for monitoring. I can't advise you because I've not used any of the gadgets. But I didn't see any that would stop the Display
  10. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TS Evangelist Posts: 787   +58

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