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Windows 7 'losing' your background.

Posted 04-17-2010 at 04:37 AM by William (Dthdealer)

Recently I had to use a Windows 7 box. After using vista before my first action of course was to change the aero theme back to the good old rectangles of classic.

Soon however I came across an annoyance. Fancy that, coming across an annoyance in Windows within minutes of using it. Insert more sarcastic remarks relating to rare cosmic events here.

I have a beautiful tiling image in PNG format as my background. It seems the people in the Microsoft testing department only ever use the pretty pictures of their dog as their background, as my crisp isometric cubes are not so pretty anymore.

Windows autoblackmagically re-encodes my background as a JPEG before rendering it. An we are not talking about a variable-quality or bothering to let the user adjust this type of thing. We are talking a forced re-compression of the background in a lossy format without ever letting the user intervene or know.

There is probably a registry key hidden somewhere to fiddle with this, but come on. Why bother re-encoding the background? I'm hypothesising code smell in background rendering of images over x big in memory.

Remember kids, Microsoft knows best when it comes to decorating your computer! Next they'll paint your house white and call it hogsbristle.

( Even if the shades are slightly different from white, I might only have 16-bit vision ... )
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    LMFAO! What a mess!!! mhahahha
    Posted 04-17-2010 at 11:59 AM by Web31337 Web31337 is offline


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