active desktop option doesn't exist in windows XP?

Discussion in 'Operating Systems' started by Selsaral, Feb 13, 2004.

  1. Selsaral

    Selsaral Limp Gawd

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    I idiotically thought I could put a nice picture on the desktop of my multimedia machine (winxp sp1), and ever since then I have had terrible performance in my recording software (Sonar 2.0). I know that active desktop was enabled because it must be for the desktop to show a jpeg, right? So I want to turn active desktop off...but no option exists anywhere. Right clicking on the desktop shows no options for active desktop, nor does the display properties. I did some searching on the web, and there was some stuff about registry hacks, which i tried without understanding well, and which had no results at all.

    So first, how do I turn off active desktop? And second, what idiocy utterly removes the ability to toggle that feature?
     
  2. FrothyByte

    FrothyByte [H]ard|Gawd

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    how big is your JPEG?

    if it is huge, it will eat up your RAM.
     
  3. Selsaral

    Selsaral Limp Gawd

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    Yeah I turned off the jpeg on the desktop, put the background to a blank color, but I don't think that actually turns active desktop off, does it? I really don't know what active desktop does, other than take nice pictures on the deskop and allow an internet explorer page as your desktop (and destroy your performance). I need to rule this out as an issue for my performance problem, and I want to definitely turn off active desktop to do so.

    Since I cannot find the option ANYWHERE, I an very skeptical about whether it is on or off.
     
  4. FrothyByte

    FrothyByte [H]ard|Gawd

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    active desktop as a principle allows you to have dynamic web content added to your actual desktop.

    IMO it is crap but thats just MO.
     
  5. Selsaral

    Selsaral Limp Gawd

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    Okey. But do you know why the option to turn it on or off simply doesn't exist on my winxp machine? It exists on my win2k machine here at work....when i chose a jpeg as a desktop picture it somehow enabled it, but since there is no option anywhere else I simply cannot turn it off.
     
  6. Selsaral

    Selsaral Limp Gawd

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    I guess it's time to reinstall (again)....back to win2k i think. If this turns out to be true (active desktop was ruining my performance and was impossible to turn off), I will be extremely bitter.
     
  7. FrothyByte

    FrothyByte [H]ard|Gawd

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    I don't know.

    I don't ever look for it or use it so maybe someone else may be able to help.
     
  8. Selsaral

    Selsaral Limp Gawd

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    OK, thanks for listening tho.