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    Bubbles Screen Saver - Change Settings

    Bubbles Screen Saver - Change Settings

    How to Change the "Bubbles Screen Saver" Settings in Windows 7 and Windows 8
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    How to Change the "Bubbles Screen Saver" Settings in Windows 7 and Windows 8

    By default the Bubbles screen saver has no settings to set in the Screen Saver Settings window in Windows 7 and Windows 8. However, you can change the Bubbles screen saver settings through the registry instead. This will show you how to.

    The default location of the Bubbles screen saver file is at:

    You will just need to play with the settings below and adjust the Value Data (step 8) until you get the desired affect from the selected DWORD Name (step 5).

    EXAMPLE: Bubbles Screen Saver
    Bubbles Screen Saver - Change Settings-bubbles.jpg


    To Restore the Default Bubbles Screen Saver Settings

    1. Click/tap on the download button below to download the file below.
    2. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    3. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    4. Click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted.

    5. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg if you like.


    To Customize the Bubbles Screen Saver Settings

    1. Press the Windows+R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and press Enter.

    2. If prompted by UAC, then click /tap on Yes.

    3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (See screenshot below)

    Bubbles Screen Saver - Change Settings-reg_bubbles.jpg
    4. In the right pane, right click on a empty area, and click/tap on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value. (see screenshot above)

    5. Type in a DWORD Name from the table below that you want to change and press Enter.

    DWORD Name Value Data Description
    MaterialGlass 0 or 1 Set this value to 0 for solid bubbles, 1 for transparent bubbles.
    Radius 1130000000 to 1090000000 For smaller or larger bubbles. Higher value number for larger bubbles.
    ShowBubbles 0 or 1 Set this value to 1 for current desktop background, 0 for black desktop background.
    ShowShadows 0 or 1 Set this value to 1 to enable, 0 to disable bubble shadows.
    SphereDensity 1000000000 to 2100000000 For more or less bubbles on screen. Higher value number for more bubbles.
    TurbulenceForce 1000000000 to 2000000000 How strong the "wind" is on your screen. 1000000000 = No turbulence, and bubbles move inertially in straight lines until they hit something. 1100000000 = very slight turbulence, not really noticeable but enough to keep the pattern changing. 1150000000 = noticeable turbulence; the screen starts to look as if small gusts of wind are batting the bubbles about. 1200000000 = strong turbulence, with whirls of bubbles whipping about all over the place.
    TurbulenceNumOctaves 1 to 255 For how fast the bubble colors are distributed on the screen. Higher value number for faster color change.
    TurbulenceSpeed 1000000000 to 2000000000 Affects how quickly colors change across the screen. This is most noticeable with a screen well packed with little bubbles. 1000000000 = bubble that's stationary or barely moving will change color very slowly. 2000000000 = stationary bubble will change quite rapidly.

    6. Double click/tap on the DWORD Name (from step 5) to modify it.

    7. Dot Decimal, type in the Value Data you want in the table above, and click/tap on OK. (see example screenshot below)
    Bubbles Screen Saver - Change Settings-modify.jpg
    8. Repeat steps 4 to 7 to change another available DWORD Name option.
    NOTE: You can add and customize one, a few, or all of the available options if you like (see table below step 6), but only add one instance of each DWORD Name in step 5 to prevent problems.

    9. Close Regedit when done.
    That's it,
    Shawn Brink

  1. Posts : 4,282
    Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

    Nice work unlocking all these settings, do you think you can post a download link for all the mods in place as well, Thanks heaps!!!
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    Hi Mr GRiM,

    I do not know,they may be to variable and subjective to.

    Folks would only want to add the DWORD names that they want to change, then they may like a different setting.
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  3. Posts : 4,282
    Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

    I will do some Beta testing for you if you like, lol
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    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    LOL, there's nothing to test though.
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    Windows 7 Ultimate Beta 32bit, Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit, Ubuntu 8.04 32bit

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  6. Posts : 4,282
    Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

    I was having a look around and I came across an interesting file C:\Windows\System32\en-US\Bubbles.scr.mui which I opened with ResHacker and I took some screenshots to show you and I would like to know if you can some how enable these options.

    Bubbles Screen Saver - Change Settings-2009-01-19_064233.jpgBubbles Screen Saver - Change Settings-2009-01-19_064247.jpg

    Bubbles Screen Saver - Change Settings-2009-01-19_064311.jpgBubbles Screen Saver - Change Settings-2009-01-19_064406.jpg
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    Hi MR GRiM,

    I do believe that cannot be enabled without MS doing it. The tutorial will allow you to set these through the registry though. The display settings here would have to be done through the normal display settings if available with the driver.
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    Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit


    Please explain the necessity for the merge. Would it work the same by going directly to the registry and making the changes?
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    Hello Kitti Ritter, and welcome to Seven Forums.

    Yes, you can manually restore the default settings in the registry if you like. The REG file (contents below) download is just to make restoring the default settings easier to do. That's all.

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Screensavers\Bubbles\Screen 1]
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Screensavers\Bubbles\Screen 2]
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