How to Make a Cool Windows Vista Screensaver

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DreamScene on Vista allows you to run a video as a wallpaper. Unfortunately, I can’t use it. Vista claims my monitors are too big. That’s ok, I’m not giving them up. I did, however, discover a very cool trick awhile back to run a screen saver behind my active windows.

First you’ll need to open a command prompt. To do this:

  • Click on Start, then Run
  • Type cmd and click the Enter key on your keyboard.

Once the command window is open, you’ll need to type in the name of the screensaver you want, followed by p65552. For example, if you want the Ribbons screensaver running behind your windows, you would type the following in the Command window:

ribbons.scr /p65552

Be sure to note the space between .scr and the /p65552.

Voila! Isn’t this cool? You can now see the ribbons running behind all of my active windows, instead of just a blank desktop.

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67 thoughts on “How to Make a Cool Windows Vista Screensaver”

  1. ribbons.scr /p65552 This works but i cant get to any of my desktop icons. But its pretty cool. I did bubbles and it really mist things up on my pc anyway.

  2. 30 inch motintor x`s… ha ha ha lol im watching this video in my 65 inch 1080p tv 30“ x`2 ha ha aaahhhhh lol you kill me chris good job on your videos i love em.

  3. 5 stars!!! I was wondering if that could be done. But Chris, you didn’t make it clear where to look for the command line or how to get some other cool videos in the screen saver program. Where did you get The Matrix screen saver and how did you manage to put it into the Screen Saver program??

  4. Hey Chris, I am using Vista Home Premium and it works just fine :D. This means that if it is possible to get this to work in Premium, then it should theoretically work in Basic, Business, and maybe even starter.

  5. Dreamscene does use a marginal amount of CPU, (5-10% when programs are not full screen). Most of the work is offloaded to the GPU. It does work on a dual monitor setup. I like streaming the matrix code on dual 24″ monitors. I’ve gotten many comments from clients who are impressed with the eye candy.

  6. How do you undo this–it seems to have made all my other screensavers unstable–they blink on and off erratically when used.

  7. it sorta works. i’m using vista premium and i set the aurora screensaver, but it’s not in the background. it runs over everything else, i can’t see anything unless it’s moving(like a video) or if i mouse over something

  8. Hey, i don’t want to be mean or anything, but this doesn’t work when i do it by myself. So, if one of you out there could please help, because my computer isn’t much help at this time. Alright, so i downloaded a Matrix.scr file because Chris had a great idea, and i tought it would look cool. Now, after I extracted the downlaoded file, i copied the file directly into this directory :

    C:Windows

    After doing this, I went to my Start button, typed cmd and pressed ENTER. Now everything was going fine, I even checked the file before copying it into the directory, and it worked perfectly fine. Now i type :

    Matrix.scr /p65552

    A windows windows popped up saying : Windows is looking for a solution… It did nothing, but shut the program down. Now, I am running on Windows Vista Premium, and this is a newly bought computer, I checked my hardware and software, nothing was wrong. Could someone please help me out?

  9. @endless031: Yes, there is a free tool called XPScene. The tool generates a html-page wraping the windows media player to play original dreamscene videos. You can set the html-file as wallpaper like e.g. any jpg-file.

  10. i am running gay vista now but it just runs the screen saver and makes all my stuff blink… and takes forever to close it cause i can’t see what i’m doing when it blinks I guess i need a better video card? Dirrect 3D?

  11. ummm yeeaahhh, this is pretty cool.
    BUT!
    All your icons is invisible, you cant even press on them,
    “Ribbons” is “minimized” and when you press on it you have to press ctrl+alt+delete and remove Ribbons.
    Its gone when you restart.

  12. on your graphics card you should have two outputs plug one vdu into each one..
    then goto grphics settings and select 2 monitors..then you should see all sorts of setting for it… easy to use

  13. nice .., but Screen2Dream (freeware) automates the steps to run a screensaver as wallpaper (works on XP and Vista). No command line hacking needed 😉

  14. thanks for this cool video! my names Grace, kinda feelin bored if any1 wants to join me on cam or wana chat i will be signed on at __ FriendlyFlirts(.COM) __ my user ID there is Grace_kirhsnqpfcyc chat soon xx its FR33 to j0in! mwah

  15. thanks for this cool video! my names Grace, kinda feelin bored if any1 wants to join me on cam or wana chat i will be signed on at __ FriendlyFlirts(.COM) __ my user ID there is Grace_kirhsnqpfcyc chat soon xx its FR33 to j0in! mwah

  16. thanks for this cool video! my names Grace, kinda feelin bored if any1 wants to join me on cam or wana chat i will be signed on at __ FriendlyFlirts(.COM) __ my user ID there is Grace_kirhsnqpfcyc chat soon xx its FR33 to j0in! mwah

  17. thanks for this cool video! my names Grace, kinda feelin bored if any1 wants to join me on cam or wana chat i will be signed on at __ FriendlyFlirts(.COM) __ my user ID there is Grace_kirhsnqpfcyc chat soon xx its FR33 to j0in! mwah

  18. I would like to undo the scren saver as my background ,howdo i go about doin it ? or i i would lke to change oth screen saver asmy bakground, hw do i solve it ?

  19. Hi chris i thought you may know how i can fix my problem, i tried what the video said about the screensaver run in the background /p65552 but i can’t get any desktop items to stay they keep on flashing while screensaver runs. can you please explain why.
    thanks man

  20. Sorry for the typos in the previous message. This one is corrected.

    Thanks for the hack for DreamScene. It worked on my Vista Home Premium with the default screensavers ribbons, aurora, bubbles and mystify. However, it covered up my desktop icons and only windows sidebar gadgets were visible. I had to use task manager to quit the dreamscene. Is there another way to quit it and how can I see my icons with the dreamscene in the background? Will this work with .wmv and other video formats as well? What do you think of using instead VideoLAN’s VLC Player and BS.Player, with or without the adware? Thanks in advance for your answers. Tony

  21. i know this might sound retarded but im wondering if its possible to use the command prompt & list the file names of some pics i have on my vista os & turn them into a screensaver?

    id appreciate it if you could tell me if it has the possibility of working at all. thanks :p

  22. Nice work man….. I have a question….. I have a screensaver called another matrix screen saver……. how do I put that in my background…. the other ones seem fine….. also text 3d and some others I wasn’t able to put in my background….. if someone knows how to do it… let me know

  23. ok… that would be cool. if it worked. tried it 2 times. screensaver takes over and i cant see shit. and i also tried with bubbles… same thing.. only i can see my desktop… and the bubbles.. i cant click anything… PAIN IN THE ASS… im using vista BASIC….

    thats prolly why…right?

  24. Thats so cool! It works on vista also, so I used blank and my friend asked me if I hacked a computer to make it work.
    Can you even do that?

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