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Q1:How does the wallpaper pattern differ from the screensaver pattern? Are they the same?
A1: The wallpaper is your desktop's background. You always see the wallpaper when you first start Windows and when you minimize or close programs you are using within Windows. You will never see the screensaver unless you quit working on your computer for a few minutes and the screensaver begins running.

The screensaver must be a moving pattern (or be completely blank) to accomplish the goal of a screensaver. The screensaver's original purpose was to keep a program running that changed constantly to eliminate the burn-in of the screen's characters that could occur on the monitor. Since the burn-in problem is not common today, a secondary goal of a screensaver is to display an animated and often fun screen during your computer's idle times. As mentioned earlier in this hour, you can turn your Web-based wallpaper into a screensaver so that a designated Web page (or HTML document on your disk) appears when the screensaver wakes up.

Q2:Why would I need to synchronize a Web page that I place on my desktop?
A2: When you place a Web page on your desktop, Windows XP takes a snapshot of the current Web page and puts that content on your desktop. If the Web page changes, your desktop will not reflect that change until you synchronize the Web page.


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