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Windows 7: 3D Windows XP Screen Saver - possible to run in Windows 7 or higher?

11 Feb 2019   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
3D Windows XP Screen Saver - possible to run in Windows 7 or higher?

This screen saver currently refuses to run in Windows 7 - it just tells me 'This screensaver is designed for Windows XP' and refuses to run. I am able to run other XP/98 screensavers just fine in Windows 7 except for this one - it doesn't seem to be anything other than your run-of-the-mill OpenGL unless it relies on a specific version of DirectX.

Ironically, the screensaver can still be downloaded from Microsoft:

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capture00011 - Streamable

I did not install this in Windows 7, just copied the .SCR file to /SYSTEM32 where all the other screensavers reside. It does show up in the screen saver selection dialogue but refuses to run. Not a big deal, just want to indulge in some nostalgia without having to fire up a VM just to see this screen saver.

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12 Feb 2019   #2

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit

You're right. It's in the list but refuses to run. Says it requires 16MB of video memory. That also goes for several SS I installed myself in XP, and I miss them too. And I miss XP even more.
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12 Feb 2019   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

Judging from the very specific error message it appears that the screensaver is explicitly checking for XP and will not run on any other OS. This is unusual but it does happen.

Often Windows includes software created by a third party and licensed to Microsoft. One of the terms of the license may have been that it run only on XP. I am only suggesting this as a possibility. There are multiple other explanations
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4 Weeks Ago   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by YmodemYNot View Post
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capture00011 - Streamable
I viewed this. Not impressed. I, on occasion, will fire up Dreamscene - a superior alternative. It is a background/wallpaper engine that provides you the ability to use any video clips, even from your own personal recordings. I only use a 'screensaver' for it's password protection while away from the machine. AND, there are plenty of 3d/animated screensavers out there that work with 7.
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4 Weeks Ago   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium

If you're referring to the 3D Flying Objects screensaver, it works fine for me on Windows 7. Not sure why you're getting an error.
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 3D Windows XP Screen Saver - possible to run in Windows 7 or higher?

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