15 Best Animated Wallpapers for Windows 10

The concept of searching for the perfect wallpaper is as old as Windows itself  Why settle for standard, static wallpapers when you can easily get an animated one instead? 

There are hundreds of wallpapers for Windows, but it can be hard to find the perfect one. We have curated a list of the best animated wallpapers for Windows 10 to give you the best options to customize your desktop. 

How to Set Animated Wallpapers

There are a variety of programs that allow you to set live or animated wallpapers on Windows 10, and you may need one or more of these programs to use some of the entries on this list. You will also need a registered version of Windows 10; you can’t get away with the free version because it locks down the personalization option.

Download Rainmeter, Desktop Live Wallpapers, or another tool and follow the setup instructions. These tools will let you set animated or live wallpapers on your machine.

Where to Find Animated Wallpapers

One of the best places to find animated wallpapers is through the Wallpaper Engine on Steam. This application is $4 and has hundreds of user-created, high-quality backgrounds.

Desktop Live Wallpapers is another app available for download for free through the Microsoft Store. It is used to install numerous wallpapers, both free and paid.

PUSH Video Wallpaper is another paid solution that includes a variety of animated backgrounds, but it gives you the ability to use feature-length movies as your wallpaper. Ever dreamed of having the entirety of Shrek as your background? Now you can. 

The Best Animated Wallpapers for Windows 10

Here is a collection of some of the best and most popular animated wallpapers we’ve found on Windows 10.

도기코기 Doggie Corgi (Wallpaper Engine)

This wallpaper depicts a calming scene at a hot spring where three canine friends lounge and play in the water. Not only is it adorable, but it includes a musical key that plays whenever the desktop is visible. When you open another application in fullscreen mode, the music stops.

Mt. Fuji in the Autumn Sunrise (Wallpaper Engine)

If you prefer a more natural scene, this relaxing scene shows Mt. Fuji in the distance, framed by falling leaves and the soft ripples of a lake. There is no music and the background itself is much smaller in size, which means the animation uses far less RAM.

The Weeknd–Blinding Lights–Cat Cover (Wallpaper Engine)

This wallpaper is the best choice for hilarity. It’s hard to describe it, and far better if you check it out. The music will fade when you open a full-screen application and resume the moment you minimize it. 

Timelapse–Clouds 01 by Jama Jamon (Videvo)

This wallpaper is actually a small video file downloaded and used in Desktop Live Wallpapers. It shows a wide-open field with clouds moving across the sky.

Record Player Playing a Record (Videvo)

This is another movie file. It can be applied to your wallpaper through a variety of tools. It’s simple and shows a record playing spinning on a turntable–perfect for music fans.

Red Car Driving Through Iceland (Videvo)

This wallpaper shows the serene landscape of Iceland stretched out along a winding road with a single vehicle navigating the countryside. For those who love travel, it’s perfect. 

City Night Lights (Pixabay)

There’s just something about a city at night. If you find the idea of staring out a window at traffic and watching the lights blink off in distant apartment buildings appealing, check out this background. 

Cafe Coffee Drink (Pixabay)

Coffee is a part of almost everyone’s life. For many people, it’s essential for getting up in the morning. This wallpaper shows a calm morning scene where someone off-screen pours a cup of coffee into an adorable bear mug.

Fire Burn Flame (Pixabay)

Fire is motivating, but also relaxing. Think about the feeling spent staring into the fire at a campsite or at your home. This wallpaper is simple and shows an active flame burning against a dark background.

X-Wing (Windows Customization)

If you are a Star Wars fan–and who isn’t?–then having X-Wings crossing your wallpaper is the height of fandom. This wallpaper is simple and shows the ships crossing the screen in a pixelated style, which makes it a great choice for lower-end machines.

New York City Evening (Windows Customization)

New York City has one of the most recognizable skylines on the planet, and it’s a popular spot to visit for people traveling. If you’ve always dreamed of visiting the Big Apple, set it as your wallpaper and enjoy the beauty of the city at sunset. 

The Nebula (Windows Customization)

One of the most well-known screensavers in Windows history is of the computer flying through space. While you might not be able to experience that as a wallpaper, you can get high-definition images of space instead. 

Synthwave Sunset Grid Live Wallpaper (MyLiveWallpapers)

The cyber-grid pattern and orange/purple sunset colors of this animated wallpaper for Windows 10 are reminiscent of Outrun. If you’re a fan of the series or just the popular synthwave theme, check this wallpaper out. 

Urban Sports Car Live Wallpaper (MyLiveWallpapers)

Cars are a popular choice for wallpapers. Everyone dreams of driving a powerful machine that hugs the road and reaches completely-not-legal speeds. This depiction of a sports car in front of a distant urban environment is the fulfillment of that fantasy. 

The Matrix Animated Wallpaper (MyLiveWallpapers)

The Matrix was one of the most influential movies of its time. If you’re a programmer or just have a passing interest in coding, this wallpaper is perfect for you. It shows the iconic green text scrolling down the screen. You can pretend you’re hacking into the Matrix. 

How to Restore Previous Versions of Files in Windows 10

In previous versions of Windows, saving over a file was a disaster (at least when it was unintended). Beyond System Restore, Windows had no built-in options for rolling back accidental changes to files. The original version of your file was lost unless you’d managed to save it with a new filename.

Realizing this was an issue, Microsoft introduced File History, a feature that allows you to roll back changes to your files, but there are alternatives if you’d prefer to use a third-party solution. To restore previous versions of files in Windows 10, here’s what you’ll need to do.

Restore Previous Versions of Files Using File History

If you want to roll back the changes to a file and restore a previous version, the best way to do it is to use Windows’ own file versioning features. You’ll need to have enabled File History first, which typically uses an external drive (or networked drive in some cases) to store the files.

If File History isn’t enabled, then you may not be able to restore a previous version in Windows 10 unless you’re already syncing your files to cloud storage.

  1. You can check if File History is enabled in the Windows Settings menu. Right-click the Start menu and select the Settings option to begin.
  1. In the Windows Settings menu, select Update & Security > Backup. Underneath the Back up using File History option, the drive you currently use for File History backups will be listed. If one isn’t listed, then you’ll need to enable File History by selecting the Add a drive option.
  1. A list of available external drives will appear in a drop-down menu. Select one of these to enable File History. The Backup menu will update with a slider allowing you to switch File History on and off once you’ve done this. You can select which folders it monitors by selecting More options underneath the slider.
  1. In the More options menu, you can add or remove folders to monitor for File History by selecting the Add a folder option underneath the Back up these folders category.
  1. You can also change how often files are backed up and how often the backups are stored for. To change these settings, change the settings using the Back up my files and Keep my backups drop-down menus.
  1. Once File History is enabled and monitoring the correct folders, you can restore previous versions of files using Windows File Explorer. This will only work for files you edit after File History has been enabled. To do this, open File Explorer and find the file or folder containing the file you wish to restore. Right-click the file or folder, then select the Restore previous versions option.
  1. In the Previous Versions tab of the Properties window, you’ll see a list of previous versions of your file or folder. To view the file or folder, select the version you want to restore from the list, then select the Open button at the bottom. If you want to restore it, select Restore instead.
  1. If you select Restore, the previously saved files will overwrite the new files. To save both copies, select the downwards arrow next to the Restore button first, then choose Restore To instead.
  1. Select a new folder to save the previous versions of your files, then select the Select Folder option.

Windows File Explorer will open to show you the restored files, whether you selected to overwrite the new copies or save them elsewhere instead. This option, as we’ve mentioned, only works if you had File History enabled before you made changes to files.

Unfortunately, there aren’t many options to help you restore previous versions in Windows 10 if you don’t already have a backup system in place. You may have more luck if you deleted the file, however, as Microsoft now offers a Windows File Recovery tool to help recover lost files.

Using Third Party File Versioning Software

Windows File History is a great option for file versioning, but it relies on using an external drive for backups, and backups are limited to every 15 minutes. While it does support network drives, support for this does seem to be more problematic, depending on how your network is configured.

With that in mind, you may prefer to use third-party file versioning software instead. While paid options exist, one of the simplest file versioning apps for Windows is AutoVer, a free app that will allow you to regularly back up your files to external drives, network attached storage drives, and offsite FTP servers.

  1. To start, download and install AutoVer on your Windows PC. Once the software is installed, you can begin to monitor certain folders by selecting the Add New Watcher icon in the AutoVer client.
  1. You’ll need to identify the folder you wish to monitor, as well as the location to save the file backups. Provide a name for your monitor rule in the Name box. Under Watch Folder, provide the location of the folder or drive you wish to monitor. Finally, provide a location to save the backups in the Backup To box. You can choose to use a local backup location like an external drive, or switch to backup files over FTP, by choosing between the Backup Type options.
  1. In the Versioning tab, you can select how long you wish to save your backup files for. If you plan on backing up to a remote server, you can set your FTP connection settings in the FTP tab. Once you’re happy with the changes, select the OK button to save your changes.
  1. AutoVer will automatically back up any changes to your files, almost as soon as you make changes. To run the watcher rule immediately and begin a new backup, however, select the Synchronize the selected Watcher (Backup now!) button.
  1. If you want to view backed up files, you can do so by right-clicking the watcher rule and selecting the Explore backups option. This will open AutoVer File Explorer, allowing you to view the files that have been saved. If you want to restore an earlier version of a file, you can select one of the versions of it, selecting a dated version in the right-hand column, then selecting the Restore File button.

While AutoVer may look a little dated, it works incredibly well in regularly backing up your files and giving you a third-party option for file versioning in Windows 10. Files are backed up almost immediately, letting you quickly recover changes to files that may have been changed by mistake.

While cloud storage services like Google Drive are alternative options, you’re limited to how often versions of the file can be stored for. This makes unlimited file versioning, like those offered by AutoVer, a superior solution for long-term backups.

Keeping Your Windows 10 Files Safe

Your PC won’t last forever, so it’s important to always have a backup system in mind for Windows. Restoring previous versions of files in Windows 10 is much easier if you begin using offsite cloud storage, like Google Backup and Sync, to store copies of your files. 

If you’re only worried about rolling back small changes, however, then Windows’ built-in file history should work well, but you can save versions of files more regularly using tools like AutoVer. If you’ve deleted files by mistake, you may be able to retrieve them using third-party software like Shadow Explorer.

What Is UAC in Windows 10 and How to Disable It

If you have a network of computers in your home or workplace, one of the things you need to control is which users or apps get to change things in that system.

One way to prevent unauthorized changes is to have one person as the network administrator. However, it’s not enough just to have one person managing everything, which is where the User Access Control (UAC) feature comes in.

This guide explains what UAC is and how you can disable it in Windows 10.

What Is UAC?

UAC is a security feature in Windows 10 that prevents unauthorized or inadvertent changes to the operating system. The feature was first a part of the Windows Vista security system and has since been improved with each new version of Windows.

Such changes can be initiated by users, viruses, malware, or applications. But if the administrator doesn’t approve the changes, they won’t be executed.

Among the changes that require administrative privileges include:

Each time you run a desktop app that requires admin permissions, the UAC pops up. You’ll also see it when you want to change important system settings that require admin approval.

Any users on your network can sign into their computers using a standard user account, but any processes they launch will be performed using access rights granted to a standard user.

For example, any apps started using Windows Explorer will run with standard user level permissions. This includes apps included with Windows 10 itself.

For legacy apps, which aren’t designed with security in mind, additional permissions are often required to run successfully. More permissions are required for actions such as installing new software and changing Windows Firewall configurations, as this requires administrator account level permissions.

If you need to run an app that requires more than standard account user rights, you can restore more user groups to the token in order to manage apps that make system level changes to your computers or devices.

For families, there’s an option to create a dedicated Child account that comes with various limitations and integrated parental controls and monitoring.  Learn more in our Microsoft Family account and how to add a family member to your Microsoft account guides.

UAC Slider Levels in Windows 10 and What They Mean

In Windows Vista, there were only two UAC options: On or Off. In Windows 10 however, there are four UAC levels to choose from:

  • Always Notify: Notifies you before users and apps make changes that require admin permissions. It also freezes other tasks until you respond, and is recommended if you often visit unfamiliar websites or install new software.
  • Notify me only when programs/apps try to make changes to my computer: Notifies you when programs try to make changes to your computer or install software. This level also freezes other tasks until you respond, but it won’t notify you when you make changes to Windows settings.
  • Notify me only when programs/apps try to make changes to my computer (do not dim my desktop): Notifies you when a program tries to make changes or install software on your computer. It doesn’t notify you when you make changes to Windows settings and doesn’t freeze tasks until you respond. Choose this level only if it takes long to dim your computer’s desktop.
  • Never notify: Doesn’t notify you when a program tries to make changes, install software, or when you modify Windows settings. This setting isn’t recommended, especially if you don’t have a good security suite as it’s much easier for viruses and malware to infect your computer with UAC turned off.

How to Disable UAC in Windows 10

Note: We don’t recommend disabling UAC on your computer as doing this makes it easier for malicious programs to infect and manage your computer. If there are apps that keep triggering UAC, use Windows Task Scheduler to run those apps without admin rights and UAC prompts first, instead of disabling UAC altogether.

If you still want to disable UAC, you can do it via Control Panel, Group Policy, Registry Editor, or using a Command Line.

How to Disable UAC Using Control Panel

  1. Open Control Panel and select User Accounts.
  1. Select User Accounts again.
  1. Next, select Change User Account Control settings.
  1. If you want to completely disable UAC, drag the slider to Never notify to turn UAC off and then click OK.

To turn UAC back on, drag the slider to the security level you want and then click OK. Confirm your selection or enter your admin password if prompted to, and then restart your computer to keep the changes.

How to Disable UAC Using a Command Line

  1. To do this, type CMD in the search box, and select Run as administrator.

In the Command Prompt box, enter this command and press Enter:

reg.exe ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
  1. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

If you want to enable or turn UAC on again, enter this command:

reg.exe ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

How to Disable UAC Using Group Policy Editor

  1. To do this, type Policy Editor in the search box and select Edit Group Policy.
  1. Select Computer Configuration > Windows Settings and then select Security Settings.
  1. Next, select Local Policies > Security Options.
  1. Scroll down and double-click on User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode.
  1. Select Disabled > OK.

How to Disable UAC Using Windows Registry

You can also disable UAC via the Windows Registry. However, before you do that, make sure you back up the registry to avoid any system issues.

  1. To disable UAC via Windows Registry, right-click Start > Run, enter regedit.exe and press Enter on your keyboard.
  2. Follow the path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  1. Next, double-click on the key EnableLUA and change the value data to 0.
  1. Save the changes and reboot your computer.

Take Control of Your Accounts

UAC makes all the difference between standard user accounts and administrator accounts. With the feature, you have a basic level system security that helps save your system from malicious processes even with a security suite in place.

Were you able to disable UAC on your computer? Share with us in the comments.

Use Windows 10 Compatibility Mode To Run Old Programs

Computer hardware changes quickly. Knowing what you should upgrade on your PC depends on how you use it. Games frequently require the most up to date parts available, but older software sometimes works differently.

There are few worse feelings than updating your operating system only to find that your favorite programs no longer work. Windows 10 compatibility mode can help you bring your software back to life.

Why Does Old Software Break?

Before looking at how to resurrect old software, it’s worth learning about why they might not work with Windows 10. While there are a large number of potential problems for older software, most suffer from similar issues:

  • Out of date dependencies – software depending on old programs and libraries no longer available in Windows 10
  • 16-bit programs – Windows 10 is 64-bit, and doesn’t support 16-bit programs *32 bit works just fine though)
  • DOS – Older programs and games designed for MSDOS don’t run in Windows, as it only emulates a small part of the DOS system for the Terminal window
  • Security – Exploits and backdoors for programs are continually changing, and old updated software can be rejected as a security risk

These issues, and many more, can stop older software from running. Keeping old software alive is a topic that many people are passionate about, and there are online communities devoted to extending products beyond their official end of life.

How To Run Software Using Windows 10 Compatibility Mode

If you’ve managed to install an older piece of software only to find it refuses to run, you have several options. The first is to use the automatic compatibility checker to match software with different modes to get them up and running.

  • Right-click on the .EXE file and select Properties
  • Under the Compatibility tab, click Run compatibility troubleshooter
  • Wait while Windows scans the program
  • Select Try recommended settings

This will set up the program to work with whatever settings Windows 10 thinks is best. If it still doesn’t launch, repeat the process, this time selecting Troubleshoot program at the last step to launch an interactive wizard.

The Program Compatibility Troubleshooter works best on more recent software. But if you know exactly what software a program is meant to run on, you might be better off using manual mode.

How To Manually Select Windows 10 Compatibility Modes

If you’ve tried the previous steps and they didn’t work, there are still other options to try before giving up. You can manually select which system to use with Windows compatibility mode:

  • Right-click on the .EXE file and select Properties
  • Under the Compatibility tab, click the Run this program in compatibility mode for: checkbox
  • Select the Windows version the program was written for
  • Click OK

Now, whenever that program is opened, Windows 10 will attempt to run it via a shim, special software designed to bridge the gap between old and new operating systems.

What To Do When Windows Compatibility Mode Doesn’t Work

Windows 10 Compatibility mode does a good job of running many pieces of older software, but sometimes it comes up against a piece of software too old or outdated to run. There’s no easy fix in these cases, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t possible. 

There are several other options for running old programs, but they’re a little more adventurous.

Run Older Versions Of Windows In a Virtual Machine

A virtual machine is an entire operating system running in a sandbox program on your computer. It’s a great way to try out other operating systems and Linux distributions.

The benefit of a VM is that it can emulate old hardware perfectly. This way, rather than trying to get Windows 10 to run programs for an older operating system, you can run Windows XP natively in a virtual machine.

This comes with several advantages, though perhaps the most important is the separation between your modern system and the older software, cutting out any possible security issues the software might cause.

Run DOS Software With DOSBox

Before Windows, all software ran in DOS (commonly known as MSDOS). There’s no compatibility between modern versions of Windows and DOS, but there are options for running programs via an emulator.

You could install the software in a virtual machine, but DOSBox is a much easier option. It is entirely free and open-source and designed to support a wide range of old games and software on various platforms, including Windows and macOS

Build a Computer With Old Hardware

For the ultimate hardcore approach, you can build a dedicated computer to run the operating system of your choice. It sounds extreme, but it’s exactly what YouTuber MattKC did.

As the video shows, this approach is full of bugs and not for the faint-hearted. If you are up for the challenge, though, the thinking behind building an old PC is solid. After all, a considerable amount of government, medical, and military software still runs on old machines to this day.

Whether you think that is a good thing or not, however, is subjective.

Old Software, Modern Hardware

Keeping old software alive might be a passion, or maybe you need it for your business. Either way, Windows 10 has several options for keeping old programs alive.

If you run Windows 7, you might find XP mode useful for the same reasons, and Windows 8 users will find a similar Windows compatibility mode built into their operating system.

How to Install Fonts on Windows 10

If you want to create a new document with stand-out text, you might want to think about installing a new font. These can be found online for free, as part of a font set, or for purchase. If you want others to see these fonts, you’ll need to use them in static files, such as PDFs or images. Otherwise, you’ll need to supply the font itself.

You can install fonts on Windows 10 in several ways. You can download and install fonts manually from online sources, you can install fonts directly using the Microsoft Store, or you can use third-party font managers to install fonts for you. If you want to know how to install fonts on Windows 10, here’s what you’ll need to do.

Where To Find New Windows 10 Fonts

There are several online sources available for free font downloads. You could, for instance, download free fonts from the Google Fonts collection, where over a thousand fonts are available.

Other online sources for free fonts include Font Squirrel and Urban Fonts, but this is a far from exhaustive list. You could even design your own font using the free FontStruct service. Whether you’re downloading an existing font or creating your own, the font file itself will usually be in the TTF or OTF file formats.

If you’re a Photoshop user, you could make use of your Adobe Creative Cloud subscription and download fonts through that service. You can also install fonts on Windows 10 directly using the Microsoft Store.

Install Fonts in Windows 10 Using Windows Font Viewer

If you’ve downloaded a suitable TTF or OTF font file from an online source, you can install it in several ways. The first method is by viewing the font file itself. Window will allow you to preview a font and install it using the Windows Font Viewer

This shows the font being used with the sentence, the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog, which contains every letter of the alphabet. The numbers 0-9 and some punctuation (such as semicolons) are also shown, allowing you to view the font design in full.

  1. The Windows Font Viewer opens both TTF and OTF font files. To install using this method, click the Install button in the top-left corner of the Windows Font Viewer window. 

After a few moments, your new font will be available to use in other software on your PC.

Install Fonts in Windows 10 Using the System Font Folder

If you’re installing several fonts at once, however, then installing fonts using Windows Font Viewer would be a slow, time-consuming process. Instead, you can install the fonts manually by copying them into the Windows system folder for fonts (C:\Windows\Fonts) directly.

  1. To do this, open Windows File Explorer and head to the C:\Windows\Fonts folder. In another Explorer window, drag the files to the Fonts folder. Alternatively, copy the files, then right-click > Paste in the Fonts folder itself.

Once the files are copied or moved into place, the fonts will be available in your other apps and installed Windows software. You may need to restart any open apps to be able to view the fonts, however.

Install Fonts in Windows 10 Using Windows Settings

If you’re struggling to install fonts on Windows 10 that you’ve downloaded online using the method above, you can drag-and-drop them in the Fonts menu in Windows Settings instead.

  1. To access this menu, right-click the Windows Start menu and press the Settings option.
  1. In Windows Settings, press Personalization > Fonts. At the top of the menu is an option to drag-and-drop font files. If you’ve downloaded OTF or TTF font files, you can find and select these in a separate Windows File Explorer window, then drag-and-drop them onto your open Windows Settings window.

Once dropped into place, the fonts will be ready to use immediately.

Finding and Installing Fonts from the Microsoft Store

If you’re struggling to find new fonts you like, you may be able to find them in the Microsoft Store, Windows 10’s built-in app store. Rather than searching for these manually, you can access the list of available fonts for download directly from your Windows Settings menu.

  1. You can open Windows Settings by right-clicking the Start menu and clicking Settings.
  1. In Windows Settings, select Personalization > Fonts. In the Fonts menu, press the Get more fonts in Microsoft Store option.
  1. This will launch the Microsoft Store in a new window. A list of free and paid-for fonts will be available to view. Click one of the available fonts in the Fonts list here to preview it.
  1. In the preview section for a font in the Microsoft Store, press the Get button. This will download and install the font on your PC. You’ll need to authorize the purchase if you’re purchasing a paid-for font at the next stage.

After the font has been installed, you’ll be able to use it in your other software immediately.

Using Third-Party Font Managers

If you’re struggling to install new fonts in Windows 10, you may prefer to use a third-party font management tool. These tools are an all-in-one solution for fonts, letting you download, manage, and update new fonts directly.

One font manager you can use is FontBase, a cross-platform font management tool for Windows, Mac, and Linux. FontBase is free to use, and it allows you to quickly install fonts from the Google Fonts collection without downloading and installing them manually.

  1. Download and install FontBase to begin. Once it’s installed, you can view your currently installed fonts in the main FontBase window. If you want to install a new font from the Google Fonts collection, press the Google option under the Providers category.
  1. FontBase uses an activation system to switch fonts on and off. When the app is open, the fonts you’ve activated become available to use in other software. When it’s closed, the fonts are disabled and become unavailable. This is designed to limit your system resource usage. To activate a font, select the checkbox next to a font in the Google list. When the checkbox is green, the font is active.
  1. If you prefer, you can take a font from FontBase and install it manually so it remains available at all times. To do this, right-click a font you’ve activated, then press the Go to font option. This will open the location of the font in Windows File Explorer.
  1. Double-click the font file to open it in Windows Font Viewer. Once it opens, press the Install button.

If you decide to install a FontBase font permanently, it’ll be available to use immediately, regardless of whether FontBase is open or not.

Creating New Designs with New Fonts on Windows 10

Once you know how to install fonts on Windows 10, you can let your creative side go wild. New documents, images, professional infographics and more can all benefit from a new font or two, especially if you’re bored of seeing the same old Times New Roman or Arial font in size 12 appear in your documents.

Once your fonts are installed, the next steps are yours. You could design and create a multi-page PDF in Photoshop, letting you integrate your new font style into a static document. You can even add fonts in Photoshop directly, with even more fonts available to install and use as part of your Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.