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    Screensavers (Windows XP)

    Is there anything different about installing Screensavers on Windows XP? I have a couple of nice screensavers that I always like to have on my computers. Recently got a new computer at work with XP on it, double-clicked on the files, they say they are installed but don't show up on the list when I go into Display. I have to go into Explorer tomorrow to see if I can even find the files.

    What could be happening?

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    Re: Screensavers (Windows XP)

    Let's check to see where the SCR files are.

    <UL><LI>Click on your taskbar.
    <LI>Press <font color=6495ed>F3</font color=6495ed>.
    <LI>In the box underneath <font color=6495ed>Search for files or folders named</font color=6495ed> enter <font color=6495ed>*.SCR</font color=6495ed>.
    <LI>Click on <font color=6495ed>Search Now</font color=6495ed>.[/list]You should see that your default screensavers, and hopefully the ones you are adding, appear in C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32. (This location may be different if you upgraded from Windows NT or 2000, it would then likely read C:WINNTSYSTEM32).

    If the savers you are trying to get to appear in the list don't show up in that folder, copy them there. Some advanced screen savers also have additional support files, such as an EXE or DAT, which can contain images, sounds - you name it.

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    Re: Screensavers (Windows XP)

    I tried it and they still don't show up. I have a WINDOWSSYSTEM32 directory which is where I copied them. I do not have WINNTSYSTEM32. It is a new computer so there was no upgrading done.

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    Re: Screensavers (Windows XP)

    Some third party screen savers are NOT listed in the normal Windows properties listing. They must be run using a icon or the listing in the menu <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Screensavers (Windows XP)

    I have almost a hundred screensavers from 16 bit to OpenGLs and have found they can be installed in a variety of manners.

    To keep it simple, let's try this for starters:

    Pick one screen saver that will play standalone. By this I mean it will usually be an .scr and if you had a copy on your desktop and double-clicked it, it would play, period.

    Now, from your desktop, copy it to each of these three locations:
    1) C:WINDOWS 2) C:WINDOWSsystem32 3) C:WINDOWSsystem32dllcache

    FTHOI - restart. If it plays standalone, then it will appear in your Screensaver drop-down menu of Display Properties.

    Other screensavers are dependent on certain files such asAL, GL, VB, or other dlls to run for various reasons and are sometimes installed to Program files or C:.

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    Re: Screensavers (Windows XP)

    The only comment I can make with assurance is to say I have installed personal and alternative screensavers on Windows XP without any problem at all. If I have created the screensaver and installed it, I run the install from the picture program I used, and it shows up in the list on the desktop as in previous O/Systems. Sorry this does not help other than to let you know it can be done and should work!

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