DeskScapes 8 & windows 8.1 RTM does not work

DOES NOT WORK

By on September 5, 2013 4:44:20 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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I know I'm a little ahead, I is part of the lucky few to take advantage of windows 8.1 .....
my question is just this one
the paid version of DeskScapes 8 is compatible  windows 8.1rtm x64 & x86 ??
scuse me for my english

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September 5, 2013 5:20:39 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Please see here for the beta info:

http://forums.stardock.com/446821/

 

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September 5, 2013 5:48:25 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quite interesting as there is no sanctioned official release of 8.1. Even technet and msdn subscribers will not be getting this one early.

 

- Well, it seems Microsoft changed their tune regarding the RTM Release to Technet subscribers. Got it now..

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September 6, 2013 10:28:07 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

It works, however if you upgrade to Media Center it doesn't for some reason - all dreams either don't load or they black out.

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September 7, 2013 9:35:33 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting SolitudeFields,

It works, however if you upgrade to Media Center it doesn't for some reason - all dreams either don't load or they black out.

It works fine for me.

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September 7, 2013 11:01:58 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting CarGuy1,
It works fine for me.

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September 7, 2013 12:52:13 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

There should be a new update to DeskScapes next week with further Windows 8.1 enhancements.

However any issues with video dreams will be codec issues. 

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September 17, 2013 12:44:14 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Still the beta does not work and I own Windows 8.1 Pro WMC

scuse me for my english

 

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September 20, 2013 11:36:30 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting Neil Banfield,
However any issues with video dreams will be codec issues.

In my testing with Windows 8.1 Pro x64 RTM with Media Center, I've found this isn't the case. I'm capable of doing testing with video dreams by converting the MPEG-2 video dreams to other video formats (e.g MPEG-2 to WMV, AVI, etc.) and I can pretty much say the codecs isn't the issue. Windows 8.1 RTM without Media Center works perfectly with WMV video dreams for example. However, the second I add Media Center no dreams, not even the default ones provided with DeskScapes, will load at all. DeskScapes can't even apply normal wallpaper images after Media Center is added too. It either blacks out the background or doesn't do anything at all.

To test, I even did a clean Windows 8.1 RTM install and immediately added DeskScapes, and it works perfectly. But when I added Media Center, it just refuses to work. So Media Center is probably the key here. Just in case, this is my Windows 8.1 Pro RTM clean install procedure...

1. Install Windows 8.1 Pro x64 RTM using the default install key when asked (not using my legit Windows 8 key yet, just the default one so it'll install but not activate).

2. When Windows 8.1 Pro is booted, activate Windows 8.1 Pro using my legit Windows 8 key via the phone activation method.

3. After rebooting and verifying my Windows is activated, I install DeskScapes to confirm everything is working fine. I even reboot a few times and all is still well. All dreams, videos and wallpapers work just fine.

4. I then upgrade to Media Center (via the add features to Windows feature in the Control Panel) using my legit 8.1 WMC key when prompted, then rebooting a few times to let it install. After Media Center is successfully added, I have to re-verify the activation of Windows and when that's taken care of, I'm activated once again with only this time as Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center RTM x64.

5. DeskScapes, however is now broken. No matter what I do, no dreams, videos or wallpapers of any kind will load or can be applied once Media Center is installed and activated. The previews in DeskScapes for dreams, videos and wallpapers works fine. Sometimes when trying to apply a dream/video/wallpaper, the background blacks out suggesting that it's a codec issue. Installing codec packs and things as such doesn't make any difference and the fact that all dreams, videos and wallpapers worked completely fine before updating to Media Center suggest it's some sort of bug and not a codec issue at all.

So yeah, Media Center is indeed the key here to why it breaks. Keep in mind too that I'm not using MPEG-2 dreams/videos or trying to use them as I said above too. For my tests, I'm using dreams/videos that are encoded/created using the WMV codec that comes standard with Windows.

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September 20, 2013 7:05:17 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

thank you to you, but for me, even without the media center does not work, I hope a compatible version in the days to come .. more than to wait, but not too much. hope that they are on the move ..... escuse me for my english

thank google translate

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October 19, 2013 4:10:33 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

after 4 hours of looking at this from different angles it seems deskscapes 8.09  does not run at all well in 8.1 RTM

If I change to static wallpaper via Windows Personalise .. no problem

If I use Deskscapes .. theres an instant blackscreen .

Desktop icons "align to grid" function which is switched off works normally up to this point..

If I log off or reboot ,the deskcape screen appears normally but the icons on the desktop freeze & cannot be moved !

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October 19, 2013 5:00:32 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting Compexpert,

after 4 hours of looking at this from different angles it seems deskscapes 8.09  does not run at all well in 8.1 RTM

If I change to static wallpaper via Windows Personalise .. no problem

If I use Deskscapes .. theres an instant blackscreen .

Desktop icons "align to grid" function which is switched off works normally up to this point..

If I log off or reboot ,the deskcape screen appears normally but the icons on the desktop freeze & cannot be moved !

Are you using Fences?

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October 19, 2013 5:50:30 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

No .. Only Start 8 , Blinds 8 & Modern Mix

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October 20, 2013 3:55:39 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Reinstalled 8.09 in Windows 8 compatibility mode.. now mostly works apart from a black screen for 2/3 seconds after deskscape selection

No problem with desktop icons freezing.....!

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October 20, 2013 5:58:02 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

It works for me, EXCEPT there is no multi-monitor selection.  I can't choose which monitor to place the dream on.  I'm stuck with just the main monitor.  Lame.

I have Windows 8.1 Pro x64

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October 20, 2013 6:45:23 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting Richard Kelsch,

It works for me, EXCEPT there is no multi-monitor selection.  I can't choose which monitor to place the dream on.  I'm stuck with just the main monitor.  Lame.

I have Windows 8.1 Pro x64

The apply button is not offering other options?

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October 20, 2013 7:42:07 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Actually, now that I look at it, there is no apply button.  The only way I can change dreams is to directly click on the dream in the filesystem.

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October 21, 2013 10:46:51 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

I'm running a combo of win 8.1, deskscapes 8.09, fences 2.11, modermix 1.12, start8 1.30.1

Deskscapes does not start after windows has been loaded. If you right-click>configure deskscapes and select a dream, dekstop becomes black even after clicking "Apply to my desktop" button.

I also converted my account from local to online, I don't know if its connected or not.

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October 21, 2013 2:02:24 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

The blackout when applying any wallpaper is something I noticed over a month ago when the RTM was released on TechNet. It happens when running DeskScapes alone without any other Stardock programs.

But the devs probably are fully aware of the issue and are in the process of fixing it.

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October 21, 2013 10:50:15 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Here's the fix for window 8.1 and Deskscapes. 1) Go onto the web and find a version of Directx 9 (any version will do as long as its Direct x 9) from a none Microsoft website as Microsoft will stop you from installing Direct X9.  2) Run the setup file.exe found in the now downloaded version of Direct x).  3) Once complete, install version 8.00 of Deskscapes (non-beta).  All should be well:)

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October 22, 2013 3:19:12 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting dsaranko,

Here's the fix for window 8.1 and Deskscapes. 1) Go onto the web and find a version of Directx 9 (any version will do as long as its Direct x 9) from a none Microsoft website as Microsoft will stop you from installing Direct X9.  2) Run the setup file.exe found in the now downloaded version of Direct x).  3) Once complete, install version 8.00 of Deskscapes (non-beta).  All should be well:)

 

Just tried this and DeskScapes 8.0  seems to be working perfectly under Windows 8.1 General Availability Release (with Media Center). In fact, it is working better than it ever did under 7/8.0 because the Desktop icon text labels are now clear not fuzzy (although to be fair, I have a newer video card since I ran 8.0 as AMD and Adobe dropped support for Radeon HD4x series on 8.1 and Photoshop CC stopped working as a result).

Now, I was waiting on an 8.1 release because the forums gave the impression that the DeskScapes 8.09 Beta was there to make it work under 8.1 (implying that the 8.0 version was not safe to use). Now I am wondering if the Beta is just for new features such as an animated Desktop tile and animated backgrounds to the Start Screen?

I also seem to remember trying it on 8.1 RTM and having serious problems, but I have had so many things to do with the 8.1 migration it all seems a vague memory.

Or is it that Microsoft made it work on 8.1 with the GA patches without anyone noticing?

Of course, I would emphasise do not install DirectX 9 from non-Microsoft sites. Just use the DirectX 9.0c package provided on Microsoft.com - you can then be sure it is not compromised. At the moment I am not sure if my new 8.1 build has DirectX 9.0c either - I may be waiting until I install a program that needs it.

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October 22, 2013 3:31:58 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting Ralph124C41,


Just tried this and DeskScapes 8.0  seems to be working perfectly under Windows 8.1 General Availability Release (with Media Center).

I take it back - if you use DeskScapes interface exclusively, all is well. If you use the built-in Personalize dialog to go back to ordinary wallpaper, instabilities appear (intermittent paused video, intermittent blank background).

 

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