Screen Saver

Brink

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mvp
ByLine
How to Use and Change a Screen Saver in Vista
Synopsis
A screen Saver is a moving picture or pattern that appears on a computer screen when the mouse or keyboard has not been used for a specified period of time. Screen savers have the .scr file extension. This will show you how to setup, use, and change a screen saver in Vista.
How to Use and Change a Screen Saver in Vista

information   Information
A screen Saver is a moving picture or pattern that appears on a computer screen when the mouse or keyboard has not been used for a specified period of time. Screen savers have the .scr file extension. This will show you how to setup, use, and change a screen saver in Vista.
Note   Note
The default Screen Savers in Vista are located at:



Screen Saver

Location

Aurora.scr

C:\Windows\System32\Aurora.scr

Bubbles.scr

C:\Windows\System32\Bubbles.scr

logon.scr (default Windows Logo)

C:\Windows\System32\logon.scr

Mystify.scr

C:\Windows\System32\Mystify.scr

PhotoScreensaver.scr (Photos)

C:\Windows\System32\PhotoScreensaver.scr

Ribbons.scr

C:\Windows\System32\Ribbons.scr

scrnsave.scr (Blank)

C:\Windows\System32\scrnsave.scr

ssBranded.scr (Windows Energy)

C:\Windows\System32\ssBranded.scr

ssText3d.scr (3D Text)

C:\Windows\System32\ssText3d.scr
warning   Warning
If you cannot get your screen saver to work, then:

  • Check your screen saver settings.
  • For the Photos pictures screensaver, remove any videos from the selected folder to keep it from freezing.
  • You may have downloaded a bad screen saver. Check by trying one that came with Vista above.
  • The .SCR file (screensaver) was not installed in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. They sometimes get installed into the C:\Windows\SYSWOW32 or C:\Windows\SYSWOW64 folders by mistake instead.
  • A wireless mouse or keyboard can cause this problem. For more on this, see: Microsoft Help and Support: KB911895 and Microsoft Help and Support: KB913405.
Tip   Tip




Here's How:
1. Right click on a empty area of the desktop and click on Personalize. (See screenshot below)​
Right_Click.jpg

2. Click on the Screen Saver link. (See screenshot below)​
Screen_Saver.jpg

3. You will now see the screen saver settings below.​
Settings1.jpg

4. To Change Screen Saver
NOTE: To create your own screen saver, select Photo and click Settings button to browse to the image you want to use.
A) Click on the drop down menu and select a new screen saver from the list. (See screenshot below)​
B) Click on Apply.​
Settings2.jpg


5. To Turn Off Screen Saver
NOTE: To turn screen save back on, just select another one.
A) Select (None) and click on OK. (See screenshot above)​

6. To Change Screen Saver Settings
NOTE: Not all screen savers will have settings for them.
A) Click on the Settings button and make the adjustments to the setting to what you like. (See screenshot below step 4)​
B) Click on Apply when done with the settings.​

7. To Preview a Screen Saver
A) Click on the Preview button to activate the selected screen saver from step 4. (See screenshot below step 4)​
NOTE: Just press a keyboard key or move the mouse to stop the screen saver preview.​

8. To Change Screen Saver Wait Time
A) Adjust the number of minutes of idle time to wait before the screen save appears. (See screenshot below and below step 3)​
NOTE: You should have the wait time set at least one minute before the Power Options for the Hard Drive, Display, and Sleep shutdown. See step two here: How to Troubleshoot a Vista Sleep Mode Problem and Find a Solution
B) Click on Apply.​
Wait.jpg


9. To Enable or Disable Password Logon After a Screen Saver
NOTE: When you resume from a screen saver it takes you to the Lock logon screen with just the current user displayed. The only way to see all users is to logoff first, then allow it to go into screen saver mode. For resume after sleep mode, see: How to Disable or Enable Password Protection on Wakeup in Vista
WARNING: If you logoff first, this will show you how to change the logon screen saver.​
A) Check or uncheck On resume, display logon screen. (See screenshot below and below step 3)​
B) Click on Apply.​
Logon.jpg


10. Click on OK to apply and close screen saver settings window.​
That's it,
Shawn




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bahboo

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I don't understand why they call it "personalize" I am trying to change the preset Windows 3D Text screensaver to text of my choice. Only problem, they only seem to allow three words? Seriously- is that called Personalizing ? On XP I could enter sentences that would keep rotating around. With this stupid VISTA program it seems that my only choice of personalizing is to choose one of VISTA'S options? I must have missed something. Am open to to suggestions or instructions.

Thanks
Jackie
 

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Brink

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mvp
Hi Jackie,

Sorry, no you did not miss anything. The 3D Text screen saver is limited to 20 characters for the text.

You might find a free screen saver below that will allow what you want instead that you can install.

WinCustomize: Screen Savers Gallery

Sorry, :(
Shawn
 

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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
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    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
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    1920x1080
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    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
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    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech MX Master
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    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
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    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
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    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
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    Lumia 1520 phone
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bahboo

New Member
Hi Jackie,

Sorry, no you did not miss anything. The 3D Text screen saver is limited to 20 characters for the text.

You might find a free screen saver below that will allow what you want instead that you can install.

WinCustomize: Screen Savers Gallery

Sorry, :(
Shawn
I'm new, so please excuse if I don't use the proper reply ptotocol.
Shawn,
I appreciate you taking the time to answer. I still find this so odd.For years people have been using sentences or thoughts that keep wrapping around the screen. Just seems like a step backwards. but you've saved me more time trying!
I will check the site you provided.

Thank you,
Jackie
 

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Brink

Staff member
mvp
Your welcome Jackie. I wish it was longer than 20 character too.

Shawn
 

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    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
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    1920x1080
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    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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    CPU
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    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
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