AveDesktopSites: Free Alternative for Missing Active Desktop Feature in Windows Vista

Windows Vista doesn't come with good old Active Desktop feature which was present in Windows XP and previous Windows versions. Active Desktop feature allowed users to show HTML content on Windows Desktop. This feature was introduced in Windows 95 first and then it was also included in Windows 98 and later operating systems but it has been discontinued in Windows Vista for no reason.

Active Desktop was really a very useful feature. We could add HTML pages in place of Desktop wallpaper as well as independent resizable items similar to Desktop widgets.

Don't worry. If you want to get this classic feature back in Vista, you should give a try to a free software called AveDesktopSites which is a small replacement for the Active Desktop utility that is no longer present in Windows Vista.

Basically, this free tool shows your favorite websites on Windows Desktop but unlike Active Desktop, they can not be interacted with.

This is useful for showing website data, such as news or weather images on your desktop. You can download it using following link:

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  • Excellent tool. Thanks for sharing it. :)

  • doesn't really work with my dynamic webpage, though it DOES work on XP64...

    my page resizes it's content based on screen resolution and cursor position,
    and applies active transformations and updated web content via JS.

    too bad MS had to be a bunch of monkeys and remove active desktop from XP64. =3=

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