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Giveaway of the day — Gold Fish Animated Wallpaper

Beautiful gold fish swim around your desktop in this underwater adventure!
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User rating: 340 (33%) 698 (67%) 76 comments

Gold Fish Animated Wallpaper was available as a giveaway on May 15, 2010!

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System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Publisher:

AnimatedWallpaper7.com

Homepage:

http://www.animatedwallpaper7.com/about.php?wallpaper=aquarium2

File Size:

2.22 MB

Price:

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#76

The main thing I don't like is the background of the text for the icons on your desktop is not transparent and displays an ugly red color. I'd prefer a black color if the background of the text cannot be made transparent.

Reply   |   Comment by George  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#75

Fun program for that replaces your desktop's wall paper that acts like an animated screen saver.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#74

Thank you so much. I couldn't figure out why I couldn't get it to work in Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, or Vista Home Premium 64-bit. Just now in Vista Home Premium x64 I ran it in XP SP 2 mode, and that is what it took to get it to work. I am going to try the same in Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, it is a desktop computer, I know other Windows 7 user said they got it to work, I didn't try XP SP 2 yet through. It's last minute, sorry. Thank you Giveaway of the Day, I really like this animated wallpaper, I like fish a lot, and appreciate you guys getting this one.

Reply   |   Comment by tekknokat  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#73

I normally love screensavers, but this came right back off.

1. Being it's a wallpaper, not something that comes one when computer is idle, it's an unnecessary resource hog.

2. Synchronized goldfish swimming?

3. Changed my screen resolution to "romper room" size and could no longer get to the desktop setting to turn it off. Had to go through control panel to bring up wallpaper to make it "break" and turn off.

4. Difficult to uninstall, since it's "on" you still have to go in and delete the folder with the program.

Reply   |   Comment by geekgurl  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#72

well...i think i wont download todays offer since it is not compatible with my laptop but i found another site that have free animated wallpaper at http://www.wallpapers.com/ .its free and be used on xp,2000 and etc.etc.
quite nice graphic and it looks kinda cool but it might try to install some trial software if you dont unclick the offer during installation.
but other than that it works.

Reply   |   Comment by ann  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#71

Tied twice to install on my Compaq laptop with Windows Vista, Avast and PC Tools Firerwall. Installs fine but wont run. Settings window opens blank, then closes. Then leaves a black background. Program Icon sits at bottom for a couple of secs then disappears. Tried disabling firewal but still no success. Uninstalled as could get it to run. Maybe Avast sees it as a virus or malware???

Reply   |   Comment by Poseidon  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#70

Crashed on my Windows Server 2003

Reply   |   Comment by Chu Xu  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#69

(Win 7 Home Premuim - 64 bit)
Tried it and it seemed to "self destruct". The image was there (fish, bubbles, background), but nothing appeared to be "moving". Then I was notified that "Explorer has stopped working" and was asked if I wanted to report the error. The background then changed itself to black (as in not using an image, but instead using a color for the background).

I'm wondering if perhaps my Anti virus software (or something similar) kicked in and shut it down? In any event, I'm not willing to give it a second try. :/

Reply   |   Comment by MercuryPDX  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#68

I installed this on Windows XP Media Edition and it installed fine. It works great and I love it as it looks like I have an aquarium on my computer. Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Jeanette Munson  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#67

#60, Joji, I have no affiliation with GOTD, for-free-on-internet.com, or with the websites that my handle links to (i.e., I don't make any money directly or indirectly from posting here). I do follow 4 Free, although I don't post there, and I was surprised to find out that they pay attention to what I post here. As for their dispute with Ashraf, I assume that they have cause, but I'm not involved and have no opinion. Ashraf is free to post whatever he wants, but he's not one of the people whose opinions I value. You can't develop skills that exceed your innate limits, just as I'll never be a ballet dancer or a quantum physicist, no matter how much I tried.

Comment #10 is mine, but I don't have exclusive use of the handle "Fubar", so sometimes other people use it, and sometimes people intentionally pretend to be me. I assume that people here are smart enough to know the difference.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#66

Installed on Win XP SP3 ok , with plants and bubbles , but someone has eaten all the fish. Anyone know how to get the fish or why they are hiding please post. There website is full of spelling errors , which makes the site look unprofessional and less likely any visitors to spend any money

Reply   |   Comment by Peter  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#65

Program downloaded and installed fine, but clicking on the program link in the stsrt menu caused an error messsage from windows saying that the program had caused a problem and no change to the desktop! subsequent re-tries yielded the same result!

Too bad, This looked like a nice one

Reply   |   Comment by Chuck Brotman  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#64

couldnt get right click to work to bring up menu to clear icons on desktop. exited. cleared desktop and went to 800x600 rez to see if works better there. desktop picture with icons cleared stop it from coming up. set desktop picture to none. tank came up options. hid options. only shows sunbeams on the backround ... no fish no bubbles . sound? i bet the graphics are supported by certain groups of display cards. mine is a intel 82845g/gl etc card.

Reply   |   Comment by nogard0  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#63

There seems to be a rather annoying bug. I can't get it to 'remember' the "Don't show this at startup" setting. Whether I close that window with the [X] or with "Hide this window" doesn't make any difference. Every time I start the app that window keeps appearing.

Reply   |   Comment by Ben  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#62

Does not seem to be any way to easily turn it on and off. I found it difficult to cleanly uninstall it on Windows 7.

Reply   |   Comment by Geoff Taylor  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#61

At first everything looks great and it is kind of cool but then I realized I could not move my desktop icons. for others this may not be a problem but I do not like anything that removes any functionality. It should add to the desktop without taking anything away. I don't want this on my computer at the low low price of free how on earth do they get people to pay for this trash?!?

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#60

This is a fun program. Make sure you have the resources to use it. ie: extra ram, faster processor.

I am using Windows 7 x64. Installed no problems. This is an application, not a wallpaper. That is why it's not loading. You can set it to load with windows also.

As far as no goldfish? Maybe they ran out of fish? :)

The only problem I see is my desktop drag and drop is disabled while it's running,

Reply   |   Comment by Randy Burrell  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#59

I don't use icons on my desktop at all and was disappointed I could not get the default icons/details off the screen.

Am I missing something? Looked everywhere. Doesn't seem to be an option to run the program without icons. Ew.

Thank you... but those icons don't do it for me. :\

Reply   |   Comment by Intrepid  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#58

ZOMFG! It's Fubar! Question, are you a main guy or something from 4free? Those guys from 4free were... not nice at all lets just say. They made a bunch of lies about how horrible Ashraf was from Dot.Tech. -_-"

Anyways... nice mini-review. :)

~Joji~

Reply   |   Comment by Joji  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
#57

Same as a lot of people here. I got the background and bubbles but no fish. There must be a reason why it works on some systems but not others. Nice try TK... comments 26 and 27. I will keep it for now. Maybe the publisher will come up with a fix. Thank you GAOTD team for all of your efforts. Thank you to the publisher, AnimatedWallpaper7, for the offering.

Reply   |   Comment by gpc111  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#56

OK I got it working. Not a security issue per my original guess (comment number 23). The problem turned out to be: this program does not work if "Show Desktop Icons" is un-checked (i.e., this program fails to work if the desktop icons are hidden).

Once running, this program disables right mouse click on the desktop (context menu), disables ability to drag desktop icons, disables ability to hide the taskbar.

It uses ~20% of my CPU time, but that probably should not be held against it too much since my computer is really old and slow.

The background is pretty. However, the fish move in such a non-realistic way as to be distracting.

This one is not a keeper.

Reply   |   Comment by Scott  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#55

I like the concept and would use it once in a while just to break the monotony of my desk top, however it needs a little polish first (see problems below).

Features I would like to see (mentioned earlier by others) - If there was a minimize/expand all keyboard shortcut (hide the icons/open windows/task bar) for the desk top I could also use it as a screen saver when I walk away as my computer sits right in my living room.

Another cool feature would be an option to make the open windows semi-transparent (I think this is a feature already in Vista and higher, however I am using XP Pro).

A few problems:

Does not seem to support dual monitors on my XP pro (it would be nice to switch on/off the display independently on each screen or maybe a different display on each). Even if you can't support dual screen, may I suggest at least have the ability to align the display left or right on the desk top when not using 'stretch' mode (so the image is not split between the two displays.

You loose the ability to 'right click' the desk top (not a big deal, just thought I would point that out).

Animation is choppy especially in 'stretch' mode (probably because of the dual screens, however other similar programs are more fluid in this configuration).

Reply   |   Comment by netwarden  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#54

It does not work on My Computer: XP Home Sp3... Blue screen, no fish or other... The software installed fine... But when I start it, it changes my destop to a blue screen and that is it...
Thank you anyway... I will try to debug this guy if I can...

Reply   |   Comment by Julale  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#53

It's cute, to be sure, but not recommended unless you have pretty beefy hardware. I put it on an older Dell laptop just for fun, and it's consistently demanding 28 to 29% of my CPU. Makes other applications run just a little bit jittery.

Reply   |   Comment by DJGray  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#52

Good idea...but the program sounds like a needless systems resource hog...

Reply   |   Comment by Anon  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#51

Dont install the more expensive ones on their website

the "trial version" lasts for ....get this.....6 minutes then it says do you want to buy? if no it deletes it off your desktop

Reply   |   Comment by Mack  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#50

installed smoothly on 32bit vista, I agree with #19 should have hide icon feature. All in all an easy set up .

Reply   |   Comment by greg  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#49

Now i would like to have some predator fish come charging out of the plants and inhale the goldfish

Reply   |   Comment by Ben Dover  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#48

Where are the fish? I have the background and the bubbles rise up the screen but there are no fish, and it's been running for several minutes so far.

Reply   |   Comment by SpodoCommodo  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#47

Oops... When I said: 'Show Desktop' button in the system tray, I meant in the Quick Launch bar.

Reply   |   Comment by Ben  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#46

same as number 5, no fish only background on desktop. whats going on?
we want lost man watch SS

Reply   |   Comment by FATEH  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#45

Works okay on windows 7
Not bad as a freebie, wouldn't buy it. Makes desktop icons bigger. The fish are all the same and the light rays look like beanpoles. Amaturish

Reply   |   Comment by Bugs  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#44

The program just turns my background gray and doesn't do anything else. It switches back to my standard wallpaper when I end the program. XP SP3 here.

Reply   |   Comment by Kevin  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#43

Aquarium2_full.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience


Error Signature Aquarium2_full.exe AppVer 0.0.0 modename Aquarium2_full.exe modever 0.0.0 offset 00027726

Reply   |   Comment by TheBigOldDog  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#42

I have three monitors on XP. The image in the program stretches across all three screens and freezes the computer. Fail.

Reply   |   Comment by JT  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#41

Hmmm.... nice looking... but no fishies come up... just bubbles and a leafy underwater background.... does anyone else see the same thing?

Reply   |   Comment by Haunted  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#40

I noticed there were a few comments about no right clicking. Well, you can right click and get up the add new folder and shortcut options, etc. But you can't get to the Properties (XP) or the Personalise (Vista) options. All you have to do, however, is click the icon of the PC screen in the tray. If you hover your mouse over it says 'Animated Wallpaper'. And then you have the option to 'Exit' from the wallpaper if you want to change it to something else or personalise your settings from the desktop.
You can also download the other wallpapers from the site and demo them until you click on the screen. Then a nag screen informs you that this is only a temporary situation and suggests that you buy now you've tried. I wish the company would find it in their heart to giveaway the autumn wallpaper. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Wendy Peterson  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#39

installs, registers and runs ok on win7 x32, dual-core, 4gig mem, 3gig proc.
resources are hit pretty good - 23% to 31%, not to my liking. too much disk activity.
it does what its suppose to do though.
thumbs up for me but ... not a keeper.

thanks GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#38

Pretty cool giveaway, but there were a few things I didn't like:

1) The size of the image is pretty small, so that when you stretch it to a big resolution, you really loose quality. Of course, making it bigger would eat up more resources, but it would be nice to have the option.

2) The background is simply duplicated on multiple displays. Again, this goes to the resources issue, but it would be super cool if the fish swam off one monitor onto another.

3) I can't seem to move my desktop icons either. I'm running Windows 7 64bit.

All in all I wouldn't run this normally, but I don't run much of anything that takes up resources. It is something cool to throw on the screen from time to time (like when the nephews come to visit! =)

Installed on: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit / 3.2GHz Quad Core / 4GB DDR3 (PC3-10666) / 1TB Barracuda / GeForce 9800 GTX

Reply   |   Comment by Thom Porter  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#37

smooth install on Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. Changed my Capt. Phil (from "Deadliest Catch" )memorial wallpaper. I checked out their website and noticed they have a couple nice animated wallpapers on sale for $3.95. I have this phobia about paying for any software but thought someone might be interested.

Reply   |   Comment by Dibean  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#36

Downloaded it, installed it, ran it, took one look at it, uninstalled it. HORRIBLE!

Reply   |   Comment by Jason  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#35

Had to put my 2¢ worth in here as well. Downloaded and installed on my XPsp3 system with no trouble. This animated wallpaper is really nice to have especially since I use Magentic screensavers that have animated screensavers (but not wallpapers). At least I couldn't find anything. That is why I chose to try this program. It is very nice especially if you like fish! Very relaxing! So far, this program does not interfere with anything. Just remember, this is wallpaper and not a screensaver. Big Big difference! Thanks GAOD!

Reply   |   Comment by Zephyrdell  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#34

No goldfish on mine, any ideas?

Reply   |   Comment by Nigel  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#33

you can get free animated wallpaper at http://www.fabulouswallpaper.com/

Reply   |   Comment by Aniket Kaushal  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#32

Sorry to say it doesn't work on my Windows XP Pro SP3 system.

Downloaded OK, seemed to install OK (went to GOTD web site after installation completed--"Thank you . . .", etc.), but when I started it, I got an icon in my system tray from which a balloon popped up saying something like "Animated wallpaper is running." Also got a settings window with 3 buttons and 3 checkboxes.

What I DIDN'T get was the animated desktop. :( Uninstalled it, deleted the zip file, ran my registry cleaner, downloaded it again, extracted setup.exe from the zip file, ran setup again. No joy.

I've gotten several goodies from GOTD that work fine. This one doesn't work for me.

What may be interesting to others is that I uninstalled it again and downloaded aquarium2_demo.exe from the animatedwallpaper7.com web site. It's supposed to be the same program but is only supposed to run for 3 minutes since it's a demo. Well, that demo doesn't work either but I get a nag screen after 3 minutes telling me to buy the program. No way!

Too bad. So sad. Not glad. :(

Reply   |   Comment by Don_Nadie  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#31

Wallpaper was very easy to install on my Windows XP PC. Very cute. Only problem is like everyone says is that the right click is disabled to get into properties. Otherwise, it is a great little problem. A definate if you are a fish fan like I am.

Reply   |   Comment by blang  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#30

@Fubar - it is so good to have you back here.

There are some glitches though:

Your background gets restored on exit but when your backgroud was stretched, on exit it will not be streched and you have to adjust manually.

De settings will only be remembered when "startup with Windows" is checked.

Interaction with the desktop is not the same with the wallpaper turned on: No right-click; fixed icons.

Icon background is changed, transparency gets lost.


It is a bit incompatible with "fences":
Double clicking the desktop to hide the icons does not work while the wallpaper is on.
When the icons were hidden with "fences", the wallpaper returns placeholders on your desktop.
Those placeholders are clickable, doubleclicking returns the hidden icons over the placeholders. Icons will function normally.


And there are some nice to haves in my opinion: settings
enable/disable bubbles
different size fishes
different fishes


But overall I like it. It would be nice to see some more from AnimWallPaper7

Reply   |   Comment by Zerebral Pony  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#29

I installed on Vista with no problems. After installation and validation, I thought that then the wallpaper would magically appear on the screen. It is only after one opens the start menu, finds and clicks on Gold Fish Animated Wallpaper that the magic happens. I've not heard of animated wallpapers before, so this is a real treat. The animation involving fish, bubbles, green underwater plants and shafts of light displaying behind the screen icons is very appealing, almost mesmerizing.

Recommended :)

Reply   |   Comment by wendy peterson  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#28

Can I use this while having my cat lie on my lap?

Reply   |   Comment by tom  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#27

Tried investigating further why I am getting no fishes... compatability modes do nothing useful, stops all rendering when selecting XP compatability mode!

all other compatability option do not help at all.

Tried tracing its file and registry activity and all I can find is it is repeatadly looking for the registry key value:

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons

which does not exist in my Vista install nor does the key "Shell Icons" I tried creating the key and a test value but got no further because there is no clue what it is expecting to be there... some bugs I guess... needs more work to improve overall compatability with windows API so it can support all the hardware and software variations out in the wild.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
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