Upon reboot, I ran the purge yet again, then I installed DS as admin. Still have the no codec found issue, and several dreams load, run maybe 6 seconds, then back to my regular wallpaper.
The codec thing I want to table - we can circle back to it but I want to work on your other issue first - the reversion to a standard wallpaper while a video dream is running.
Have you done the clean boot, RND?
As you surely know, it will strip Windows to its base, under a new WinAdmin account, with just the DS service manually restarted, to see if there are settings / 3rd party app conflicts.
A scant few dreams load and run fine.
Can you give me a sample (links) of dreams (2) that revert and some that do not - that work fine?
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