Animated GIF Files Are Not Animated on the Welcome Screen

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Symptoms
When you set a user's picture to be an animated .gif file, the picture is not animated when it is displayed on the Welcome screen.
Cause
All pictures on the Welcome screen are displayed as bitmaps.
Status
This behavior is by design.
More information
A different picture can be given to each user account on the system. Supported file types are .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .png, and .tif.

To change the picture that is displayed for a user, follow these steps:
  1. In Control Panel, double-click User Accounts.
  2. Click the user that you want to change, and then click Change the picture.
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Article ID: 283103 - Last Review: 01/12/2015 17:17:23 - Revision: 2.0

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