Use RSS to create a dynamic Windows 7 desktop wallpaper slideshow

Add this text

Now, right-click the copied aero.theme file and open it with notepad (Note: you may have to choose it from a list). The aero.theme file is just a text file so it is easily edited. Scroll down to the end of the text and add these lines:


Breaking down this text: Interval in ms, in this case three minutes, Shuffle set to 1 means that the images will rotate, RssFeed is the feed that will supply your images.

Seems simple enough, but there are some quirks regarding feeds that you have to consider.

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