What You Should Know About Installing Screensavers

Written by Roman Kramar

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In order to unpack (extract) files from a ZIPped package you should use a special program. Probablyrepparttar most popular and easy to use is WinZip. You can download it from http://www.winzip.com. Windows XP has a built-in support for ".zip" files so, if you use Windows XP, there's no need for additional software.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that a ".zip" package usually contains a collection of files that should be extracted somewhere before you can use them. It doesn't matter what program you use to extractrepparttar 107809 files. Just follow its instructions to do it and put extracted files inrepparttar 107810 place of your choice. It's better to create a special folder for such cases. Alternatively you can use temporary folder provided by Windows.

Oncerepparttar 107811 files are extracted you should examine them. If you see one named "Install.exe" or "Setup.exe" among them then you can double click it to completerepparttar 107812 installation process. Even though archives are very convenient when used on a bunch of files, they can be used to pack a single file to reduce its size. So if you have extracted a single file with its name ending with ".scr" then you should keep reading.

* Bare screensaver files

As I have said before, these files have their name ending with ".scr". They are screensavers themselves. That is, they arerepparttar 107813 programs that create all these amazing effects when started. You can find some details about them in my article "Windows Screensavers Explained" at http://www.elasticsystems.com/articles.html .

The easiest known way to install ".scr" files is to right click on them and then choose "Install" from available menu options. Once you do this, Windows will setrepparttar 107814 screensaver as default and open Display Properties dialog where you can adjust screensaver's settings if you wish.

This way has some disadvantages though. First, you should be careful with where you keeprepparttar 107815 screensaver file. If you have put it inrepparttar 107816 temporary folder and it is likely to be deleted or moved somewhere else later, thenrepparttar 107817 system won't findrepparttar 107818 screensaver anymore. So you'd better create a special folder for screensavers that you choose to install this way. Second, if you select another screensaver fromrepparttar 107819 list in Display Properties dialog then Windows will forget any screensaver installed usingrepparttar 107820 described method. That is, you will have to right click it and choose "Install" once and again.

Nevertheless, this way is very convenient if you just want to take a look atrepparttar 107821 screensaver, play with its settings and delete it. If you really likerepparttar 107822 screensaver and want it to brighten boring cloudy days then you'd better find a cozier place to keep it.

How do you find such place? It's easy. What you need is to dragrepparttar 107823 screensaver into your Windows folder. If you use Windows 95/98 or Windows Me then chances are this folder is on your drive C: and has a name of "Windows". If you use Windows NT/2000 or Windows XP then it's probably on your drive C: and is called "WINNT". Once you putrepparttar 107824 screensaver in this folder it will be available inrepparttar 107825 list of installed screensavers in Display Properties dialog. Now you can select it whenever you wish. Furthermore, you should worry no more about reinstalling it every time you change your mind and select another screensaver.

TIP: Sometimes you download a ZIPped installation package for screensaver, extract its contents to some folder and find there both "Setup.exe" (or "Install.exe") and ".scr" files. In this case double clicking "Install" or "Setup" isrepparttar 107826 preferred way. That's becauserepparttar 107827 installation program will perform allrepparttar 107828 steps needed to installrepparttar 107829 screensaver like copying necessary files, updating system registry, providing uninstaller and so on. Simply copyingrepparttar 107830 ".scr" file to Windows folder apparently won't do it.

Now that you have a few more useful tricks under your belt, you can install much more screensavers. Add here acquired confidence that those screensavers you like are ready to please you whenever you wish and there's a good reason to become a bit happier.

Roman Kramar is a software developer who enjoys writing screensavers as his time permits. Visit his site at http://www.elasticsystems.com/ to find out more about screensavers and his work.

What to Do if You Fall in Love With More Than One Screensaver

Written by Roman Kramar

Continued from page 1

When you install a screensaver it gets into one of these folders. The screensaver simply copies itself over there. Some screensavers have more than one file. Usually they copy other files into a separate folder under your Program Files. But it makes no difference forrepparttar purpose of our discussion.

The main idea behind all this is that your previous screensaver doesn't disappear. A new screensaver copies itself into one ofrepparttar 107808 mentioned folders. But copying is not removing. The previous screensaver is not removed unless you uninstall it manually. That is, if you install two or more screensavers, you can still enjoy all of them.

What exactly should you do to admire all screensavers installed on your system? The answer is simple and you could easily find it yourself by an accident. Tryrepparttar 107809 following. Right click anywhere onrepparttar 107810 empty desktop and choose Properties. You will see Display Properties dialog. This dialog has many pages but you needrepparttar 107811 one named Screen Saver. Activate it by clicking on its title. You should see a preview window withrepparttar 107812 last installed screensaver. Now look below that window. There's a drop down list withrepparttar 107813 name of that screensaver. This drop down list isrepparttar 107814 answer to our question. You can select any screensaver installed on your system by clicking onrepparttar 107815 list. After that Windows will launch onlyrepparttar 107816 screensaver you have selected.

The described solution is perfect if you have two or three favorite screensavers and would like to change between them once in a week. But what if you have five or ten favorite screensavers and want to see them on a day-by-day basis? We will beat this problem next time by introducing a few quite useful tools. They can make switching between screensavers a lot easier and more entertaining. Stay tuned...

Roman Kramar is a software developer who enjoys writing screensavers as his time permits. Visit his site at http://www.elasticsystems.com/ to find out more about screensavers and his work.

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