How to Edit a Windows XP Screen Saver

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How to Edit a Windows XP Screen Saver
Editing the screen saver's option settings in Windows XP. (young man using his laptop image by Kovac from

To edit a Windows XP screen saver you need to open the screen saver's Option Settings dialogue box. Each screen saver has its own unique set of available options which may be edited to suit your preferences. For example, you may edit the colour, style, speed, or resolution setting of a screen saver if the option is available in that screen saver's settings. To access a screen saver's Option Settings dialogue box you may either go through the Windows Display Properties box or open the settings directly from the screen saver file.

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  1. 1

    Right-click on any area of the desktop free of icons. Select "Properties" from the shortcut menu. The "Display Properties" dialogue box will open. Go to the "Screen Saver" tab.

  2. 2

    Click the "Screen saver" drop-down menu and select the screen saver you would like to edit from the list of installed screen savers.

  3. 3

    Click the "Settings" button located next to the "Screen saver" drop-down menu. The options dialogue box for the selected screen saver will open up.

  4. 4

    Modify the screen saver options to suit your preferences. Click "OK."

  1. 1

    Click "Start," select "Run," type "explorer" in the open box, and click "OK" to launch Windows Explorer.

  2. 2

    Locate and click "My Computer" in the left-side window panel. Double-click "Local Disk (C:)" in the right-side window panel. Double-click the "Windows" folder. Double-click the "system32" folder.

  3. 3

    Open the Windows Explorer "View" menu and select "Details." Click the "Type" bar located at the top of the right-side window panel to organise the contents of the WINDOWS\system32 folder according to file type.

  4. 4

    Scroll down the list until you find the list of "Screen Saver" type files.

  5. 5

    Right-click on the screen saver file you would like to edit and select "Configure" from the shortcut menu. Modify the screen saver options to suit your preferences. Click "OK."

Tips and warnings

  • The default screen saver files in the C:\WINDOWS\system32 folder are titled: "logon.scr" (the Windows XP screen saver); "scrnsave.scr" (the Blank screen saver); "ss3dfo.scr" (the Flying Objects screen saver); "ssbezier.scr" (the Bezier Curves screen saver); "ssflwbox.scr" (the 3D Flowerbox screen saver); "ssmarque.scr" (the Marquee screen saver); "ssmypics.scr" (the My Pictures Slideshow screen saver); "ssmyst.scr" (the Mystify screen saver); "sspipes.scr" (the 3D Pipes screen saver); "ssstars.scr" (the Starfield screen saver); and "stext3d.scr" (the 3D Text screen saver).

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