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Windows 7: Active background - trick

17 Feb 2009   #1

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
Active background - trick

Not sure if this has been posted before but if it has - sorry to repeat

An interesting trick with the built in screensavers that also work in Windows 7

To run a screensaver as a background wallpaper image ...

Open a command prompt by clicking on Start and typing cmd and hit enter.

In command window type the name of the screen saver followed by a space and /p65552
For example to run the ribbons screen saver do the following:

In command window type ribbons.scr /p65552
(Note: The space between ribbons.scr and /p65552)

A couple of other screen saver that can be run are:

aurora.scr /p65552
bubbles.scr /p65552
Photoscreensaver.scr /p65552
ssbranded.scr /p65552
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17 Feb 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Is this an attempt to substitute dreamscenes Nigel? LOL
Are they moving images or do they turn into static backgrounds? How would you "undo" this?
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17 Feb 2009   #3

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

Hi Arron,
Fully moving images - really

it actually creates an icon on the taskbar for the .SCR which may be closed without a problem, well so far anyway

It's a trick that also worked on Vista - A modern day "Easter Egg" from the MS UI team I think

For younger readers Easter eggs were small pieces of programming code left in the release versions of early MS software for no other reason than the programmers having a little fun - the method to unlock these little gems would mysteriously find there way into the public domain - A bit like Beta builds from eastern europe
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17 Feb 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Sounds pretty cool, I never knew about it, as you say it works in Vista too.

That's a scary post count you got there.
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17 Feb 2009   #5

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

Hi Arron,

I doubt if the count will last

Oh what do you know it seams to have changed
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17 Feb 2009   #6
Joan Archer

Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit

I always thought he had the devil in him
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17 Feb 2009   #7

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

Thanks for the info, Nigel.

I'm sure your right, Joan.
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19 Feb 2009   #8

Windows 7 Beta

Sadly it doesn't work on both monitors nice trick nonetheless
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30 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 64 ultimate


Watermill_3D_Screensaver.scr ' is not recognized as an internal or external comm operable program or batch file.
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03 Feb 2010   #10


I created a Shortcut and pinned it to the Task Bar-

Target: C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe cmd /c Ribbons.scr /p65552

Which works well, but I still have to manually close the cmd window.

Does anyone know how I can get the cmd window to automatically close after running the shortcut?

Despite it's limitations, it's still pretty cool. Goes together nicely with the "Full Transparency" option as well.

Transparency - Enable Full Clear Glass Transparency

For further tweaking / extra options of the default screens savers:

How to Customize / Tweak Windows Vista ScreenSavers using Registry? - Tweaking with Vishal
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