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MS Windows 7 picture screen saver problems - or alternative

The standard windows 7 picture screen saver no longer functions as expected. The pictures are not random, and the few pictures that are displayed are not from sub-directories - only the "root" directory.

I have tried to use the windows live picture gallery screen saver instead, but it doesn't recognize the images because they are located over a local area network.

How can I fix this? Or is there another program out there that can easily and simply display a slideshow of images located in a folder and sub-folders (please don't send me an alternative that loads all the images into a custom database, as I would prefer a solution that is just a simple slide show without any fancier features.

Thank you.
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Lev Seltzer
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KeterHDCommented:
By 'not functioning' you mean that all the appropriate options are selected (such as Shuffle pictures, etc), yet, nothing still works as expected?

Try to change your theme and then your desktop background to something else, and then manually reverting to what you want to be set up. At times, it might work.
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yjchong514Commented:
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Lev SeltzerAuthor Commented:
All the options are selected, but I only see the images in the selected fodler and not not sub-folders. The images are also not random/shuffled.

I would prefer not to buy a 3rd party program. The windows version WAS working until last week.
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KeterHDCommented:
Okay. Can you attempt to create a new folder under My Pictures, create a couple of sub-folders there and copy few pictures into them? Then apply this folder as backgrounds source and set Windows to shuffle them every 30 seconds. Also, please de-select When using battery power, pause the slide show to save power.

See if this works.
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Lev SeltzerAuthor Commented:
I am working with the screen saver and not the background.
I am using a desktop and not a laptop.
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KeterHDCommented:
Oooh-kay. Can you try the same thing but for a screen saver? Creating a new folder (say, on your Desktop), creating a couple of sub-folders and copying some pictures?
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Jackie ManCommented:
Are you satisifed with Windows XP screensaver? If yes, try the following.

For Windows 7, according to the advice of jmhoffman, the fix is as follows:-

"Copy ssmypics.scr from your old XP machine to the Window 7 machine"

Source: http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7desktop/thread/44f480a6-a587-4b49-8d37-44b527b43ea5

For Windows Vista, according to the advice of Ronnie Vernon, the fix is as follows:-

"What you can do if you have access to an XP system, just copy the
C:\Windows\System32\ssmypics.scr file from that system and place it in the
C:\Windows\System32 folder in Vista. It will work the same way as it did in
XP."

Source: http://www.eggheadcafe.com/software/aspnet/30886093/my-photos-screen-saver-wi.aspx

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/Windows_Vista/Q_26220642.html
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Lev SeltzerAuthor Commented:
KeterHD: I created a folder "test" on the desktop, a subfolder and put pictures in both. The screen saver worked as expected, showing all the pictures in the test and sub folders. I then set the folder to "pictures" on the network share, and the screen saver again only showed the two pictures in the "pictures" folder, and nothing in the sub-folders.
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Lev SeltzerAuthor Commented:
Thank you. This didn't solve the existing problem, but it gave me a great work-around.
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Jackie ManCommented:
Glad to know your positive feedback!
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