Make screensaver ( standalone .scr file) from jpg file with freeware

Posted on 2014-01-28
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Last Modified: 2014-01-31
I need to create a standalone .scr file with a single jpg file for a client that wants to deploy the .scr file to all workstations, but i cannot seem to find a quick application that does not install a screensaver into "screensavers"
I want the jpg file to be embedded into a standalone .scr file so we can just copy the .scr file to all desktop via logon script and set the gpo to use c:\winfows\system32\new.scr

Question by:jrobbertse
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Chris Raisin earned 1500 total points
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Try the following free software on the link below - it should do the job.

It is basic (no sound etc.), but I think if you are after a quick free way of doing it, this should be OK.


This can produce either a slideshow of images or a single image, but it will allow either a "fillscreen" of your image or (if the image is smaller than the screen) the image in its original size plus a "fill screen" of a selectable color.

I personally use the professional package (excellent) of  Axialis ScreenSaver Producer
available from       http://www.axialis.com/purchase/index.html
for 69 Euros. Top package!

For a free one though, I think you will find WG_Screensaver might do the trick.

After you create the screen saver, use Windows explorer and go to the folder C:\Windows\System32 and you will find your "scr" file trhere. Copy it to a flash drive or
DVD or network drive, then set up a batch file to copy the file from the source (Network drive etc.) to the clients "c:\Windows\System32" folder.

Each machine on which the SCR file is installed will need to have its "ScreenSaver" setting changed though via the Control Panel.

If the machines are running under Windows 7 click on "Start/Control Panel/Display/Personalization" then select "ScreenSaver" (or if using "Category" view in Control Panel: "Start/Control Panel/Appearance & Personalization/Personlization/ScreenSaver"

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the .scr is accompanied with an xml that needs to be edited and 2 .dll files that needs to move with the scr file. but works, once you copy all files to system32 and edit the xml file to point to the jpg file.

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