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    How to Enable Windows 7 Style Bubbles ScreenSaver in Windows 10/8/8.1

    We all know that Screen Savers are not really necessary, but I like the Windows 7 style Bubbles Screensaver as a bit of eye candy! It has nice transparent bubbles floating over my desktop. Microsoft, in its infinite wisdom decided NOT to have these bubbles float over a screenshot of the desktop, but instead they float over an opaque background. I find this to be rather ugly. Now there is a way to have the Original Windows 7 style bubbles screensaver running in Windows 8/8.1/10.

    Here is the work-around. First paste this into notepad, and save it as Bubble.cmd. Make sure you have Hide Extensions for Known File Types UNCHECKED in File Explore Options, and select Save as Type -> All Files from drop down menu in notepad.
    Code:
    start /wait Bubbles.scr /s
    exit
    Place this command file in your /Windows/System32 folder. Create a shortcut to this on your desktop. Right click and select properties. Add /c in the target box, so it looks like this.
    Code:
    C:\Windows\System32\bubbles.cmd /c
    and click OK. Now move this to your /Windows/System32 folder.

    Next, open notepad, and copy this code into it.
    Code:
    Dim WinScriptHost
    Set WinScriptHost = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    WinScriptHost.Run Chr(34) & "C:\Windows\System32\bubbles.cmd - Shortcut.lnk" & Chr(34), 0
    Set WinScriptHost = Nothing
    Save as bubbles.vbs. Make sure you have Hide Extensions for Known File Types UNCHECKED in File Explore Options, and select Save as Type -> All Files from drop down menu in notepad. Save this to your ROOT (C:\) drive.

    Now for the final part. Open notepad once again, and paste in code below.
    Save as bubbles.xml following same instructions as above for saving files with extensions other than txt. You can put this on your desktop if you desire. After the next steps you can move it somewhere else.

    Now once that has been saved, you open Task Scheduler. Select Import Task, and choose the bubbles.xml file. Click confirmation dialog. Now log off, and then back on. Your Bubbles Screensaver will start after 1 minute on computer idle. It will stop when computer ceases to be idle, and restart when it once again reaches an idle state for one minute.

    Enjoy!
    Last edited by djohnson; 2015-12-20 at 12:38.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djohnson View Post
    We all know that Screen Savers are not really necessary, but I like the Windows 7 style Bubbles Screensaver as a bit of eye candy! It has nice transparent bubbles floating over my desktop. Microsoft, in its infinite wisdom decided NOT to have these bubbles float over a screenshot of the desktop, but instead they float over an opaque background. I find this to be rather ugly. Now there is a way to have the Original Windows 7 style bubbles screensaver running in Windows 8/8.1/10.

    Here is the work-around. First paste this into notepad, and save it as Bubble.cmd. Make sure you have Hide Extensions for Known File Types UNCHECKED in File Explore Options, and select Save as Type -> All Files from drop down menu in notepad.
    Code:
    start /wait Bubbles.scr /s
    exit
    Place this command file in your /Windows/System32 folder. Create a shortcut to this on your desktop. Right click and select properties. Add /c in the target box, so it looks like this.
    Code:
    C:\Windows\System32\bubbles.cmd /c
    and click OK. Now move this to your /Windows/System32 folder.

    Next, open notepad, and copy this code into it.
    Code:
    Dim WinScriptHost
    Set WinScriptHost = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    WinScriptHost.Run Chr(34) & "C:\Windows\System32\bubbles.cmd - Shortcut.lnk" & Chr(34), 0
    Set WinScriptHost = Nothing
    Save as bubbles.vbs. Make sure you have Hide Extensions for Known File Types UNCHECKED in File Explore Options, and select Save as Type -> All Files from drop down menu in notepad. Save this to your ROOT (C:\) drive.

    Now for the final part. Open notepad once again, and paste in code below.
    Save as bubbles.xml following same instructions as above for saving files with extensions other than txt. You can put this on your desktop if you desire. After the next steps you can move it somewhere else.

    Now once that has been saved, you open Task Scheduler. Select Import Task, and choose the bubbles.xml file. Click confirmation dialog. Now log off, and then back on. Your Bubbles Screensaver will start after 1 minute on computer idle. It will stop when computer ceases to be idle, and restart when it once again reaches an idle state for one minute.

    Enjoy!
    bubble screen saver.pngI found it already in the location you mentioned so some how I have carried it over to WIN 10. Its good to know how to turn it on.
    Thanks Pete

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