Windows XP's speed of changing themes

Discussion in 'Desktop Customisation' started by Magnum, Mar 4, 2004.

  1. Magnum

    Magnum OSNN Junior Addict

    Does anyone know why it takes longer for Windows to change it's Visual Style when I'm using a JPG wallpaper rather than a BMP one?

    If I change the entire theme, or a Visual Style with no wallpaper or a BMP wallpaper, it changes instantly. However, if I have a JPG background, it takes it longer, and sometimes the background (everything behind the Please Wait dialog) starts to fade.

    I thought maybe it's because Windows automatically converts JPG to BMP somehow, and maybe it re-converts it every time I change a VS and it takes a little time? Any other thoughts?

    Thanks. :)
  2. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

    United Kingdom
    its a graphical effect the fade when its changing, quite why it takes longer with a jpg file than a bmp as the wallpaper I have no idea, could be the way its setup to deal with bmps and jpgs
  3. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    I believe you are correct about Windows converting the jpg to bmp, because I have been told that as well. The same thing happens to me when I set a jpg as my wallpaper... it probably takes 20-30 seconds to complete.