Interesting trick with Microsoft Vista Screensavers

nessus

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While searching around on the net for Vista easter eggs, I came across a neat little trick.

If you launch any of the Microsoft supplied screen savers from a command prompt followed by the switch "/p65552", it will run as an application overlaying the desktop. The regular desktop icons and background are overlayed, and an item for it appears on the task bar, but everything else works as normal with the exception that you have to kill the screen saver from task manager.

You can create a shortcut for a particular screen saver that doesn't leave behind a command window.

My favorite shortcut

cmd /c start PhotoScreensaver.scr /p65552

I don't have any non-MS screen savers, it might work with all screen savers.

Screenshot with ribbons screen saver.

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ThreeDee

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my sister would like this one ..as 90% of the photos would be of her or her 2 baby girls or hubby ..:rolleyes: :p



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zacdl

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I find it annoying for a few reasons:

If you minimize all your windows (accidentally- not remembering what was maximized or something), or need to get to the desktop, it takes over your taskbar. All you see is the Sidebar, so you gotta hit the Windows key to bring up the taskbar again.

It nukes away your desktop usability as well...

Task Manager is required to kill it.

DreamScene is much better IMO.
 
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