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Uninstalling a screensaver

The standard method to uninstall a Windows screensaver is through the Add/Remove Programs feature of Control Panel.

When uninstalling a screensaver through the Add/Remove Programs feature, be sure to de-activate it by choosing a different screensaver or None in the Display/screensaver menu. Then click the "OK" or the "Apply" button of Display and close the Display screen before using the Add/Remove. Otherwise the uninstall may not work.

To delete the original downloaded file, go to the directory where it was placed. If not sure, do a search. They usually have a .zip or .exe extension.


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All software titles available for download through this website,, are provided by third party software author/vendors.
Please contact the author/website directly for all questions pertaining to a program. A link to their website is provided along with the program listing.

To download a screensaver, click on the title. For more information, screenshots or to purchase a screen saver, please click on the author name.

What is shareware?

"Shareware is a marketing method, not a type of software or even strictly just a distribution method. When software is marketed through normal retail channels, you are forced to pay for the product before you've even seen it. The shareware marketing method lets you try a program before you buy it. Since you've tried the program, you know whether it will meet your needs before you pay for it. A shareware program is just like a program you find in major stores, catalogs, and other places where software is purchased; except you get to use it, on your own computer, before paying for it." ASP

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What is a .zip file?

A .zip is a file extension that denotes one or more files has been archived using a .zip compression format.

When a file or files are zipped, they are compressed together into one .zip file, which becomes smaller than the total size of the files uncompressed. This saves disk storage space, facilitates faster downloading, uploading, e-mailing and overall handling ease.

In the case of zipped screensavers, once downloaded, an unzipping utility is used to decompress and extract the files that are within. Extracted files will be listed in the unzipping utility and double clicking on the executable install file ".exe" and running the file will install the screensaver.

Some zipped files do not have an executable install file ".exe". In that case double clicking on the ".scr" file (the screensaver file) will run the screensaver. There should be instructions in the form of a "Read Me" or "Help" text files within the extracted files which can be opened and read by double clicking on the file.

Always scan downloaded files first with an anti-virus utility before proceeding.

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How to install a screensaver.

After Downloading:
1. Go to "Start" and click "Run".
2. "Browse" to the directory where you saved the file and click on the file.  
3. Click "Open", click "OK".
The screensaver will install itself onto your computer.

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How to uninstall a screensaver.

First de-activate the screensaver by choosing a different screensaver in the Display/screensaver menu, then click the "Apply" or "OK" button and close the Display screen.

Go to Control Panel. Click on the Add/Remove Programs. Scroll down the list until you find (Name of Screensaver). Click on Add/Remove.

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How to easily make a wallpaper.

Before you begin, please keep in mind that images from programs are copyrighted material and are for personal usage only. Copying and distribution of copyrighted materials without the owners written permission is prohibited by law.

When you see a scene you would like for a wallpaper, click the "Print Screen" key on your keyboard. This copies the image to Windows clipboard.

Then go to Start/Programs/Accessories and click "Paint". This is Windows
Paint Program. On the menu at the top, click "Edit", go down and click "Paste". If you see a message about the size, click "Yes". You should now see the scene you copied.

Now go again to the menu at the top and click "File", go down and click "Save As...." Where it says "Save In", click the arrow on the right and choose C:, then double-click on "Windows" in the window below that shows your directories.
Type in a name where it says "File Name", whatever you want to call it. Click "Save" (the button on the lower right).

Your file will now appear in the list under the "Background" (or Desktop) tab of the "Display" screen.

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No Uninstall Support?

If the program is not listed in the Windows Add/Remove Programs feature of Control Panel and there is no uninstall support included in the program, there still is a relatively simple way to remove the screensaver. However you should contact and ask the author how first.

Search for and delete the "name of the screensaver.scr" file. The extension ".scr" denotes the screensaver file itself. It usually resides in the Windows System directory but the author/programmer has the ability to place it anywhere.

Your best bet is to search through: Start/Search/Files or Folders/type in the ".scr" file name and click Find Now.

This removes only the screensaver file, a procedure to get it off the system if the screensaver is causing problems and there is no uninstall support. There are other component files that come compressed within the downloaded program file that you may also want to delete. If so, contact the author to find out what they are or you can search by entering the screensaver "file name" and see what comes up. Please use extreme caution before deleting any files, file names can look confusingly similar to one another.

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What is OpenGL?

OpenGL is a graphics library for 3D rendering and 3D hardware acceleration. Some of the screensavers on this site are written with OpenGL and necessary OpenGL video drivers are needed to view them. Almost all video cards released since 1999 support OpenGL.

Windows 95 (OSR2 version) and later operating systems ship with the OpenGL 1.1 runtime library. However, it does not include drivers for individual video cards. Latest video card drivers are downloaded from the Web site of the computer/hardware manufacturer.

OpenGL info:
Silicon Graphics Inc

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What is DirectX?

Generally speaking, DirectX and OpenGL have similar functions as far as screensavers are concerned. DirectX is a set of drivers or components developed by Microsoft to boost hardware performance on Windows platform machines. Although developed mainly with games and multimedia in mind, many Windows screensavers are written to take advantage of DirectX capabilities. Where as both technologies enhance 3D performance, DirectX also supports sound, input and networking.

There are many versions of DirectX but since they are upward compatible, the latest versions are usually recommended for install. However, care must be taken before installing any new hardware drivers.

To avoid system instability, always refer to your computer manual or manufacture website for system requirements and additional information.

DirectX info: Microsoft

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What is a video driver?

Video driver is a software that act as an interface between the operating system and the video card. The driver tells the operating system of the different screen resolutions it supports, number of colors, rendering effects etc.

Video card driver updates can occur two or three times in one year. These updates are provided as a free download service by the hardware manufacturer. It is a good idea to check your computer or video card manufacturer at least once a year for the availability of driver updates for maximum performance.

A word of caution before installation of drivers. You should be certain to install the correct driver for your system and check the computer manufacturer websites for any additional information. Installation of incorrect or "buggy" drivers may cause instability of the operating system.

It can be helpful to visit a "driver forum", where users input their experiences or seek answers.

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What is a VB run time file?

Programs written in the Microsoft Visual Basic programming language require a certain set of files to run. They are known as the VB Run-Time files. Currently there are 5 versions of VB and each has a set of "run-time files" that are specific to that version and will not work for the other versions. An "error" message will appear, usually "file not found", if it is lacking during an install.

Microsoft did not include these "run-time files" with Windows. However
once they are installed on your system, by running a VB program, you need never install them again for that version of VB. This is significant due to the large file size of the "run time file" when downloading a program.

In the case of screensavers, "the run-time file" can be about the same size or larger than the screensaver file itself. To save valuable download time, some authors do not include the "run-time files" and instead provide links to get them if necessary.

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