Make A Dreamy 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 okay, I’m not giving them up. I did, however, discover a very cool trick a while back to run a screensaver 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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    The bad thing about this kind of wallpaper is that you can’t access the icons that are located on your desktop. So basically the screensaver starts running and you can only use keyboard shortcuts, your “Quick Launch Toolbar,” already open applications, other items located in the “Taskbar,” and items located in your “Start Menu.” Big deal breaker for me but still cool.

  • Richard Ruel

    Hey Chris,

    The desktop screen saver worked neat but what is the command to get rid of it? DUH! I thought I knew the command but I don`t. I just want my old desk top back. HELP will be greatly accepted.

    Thanks Much,

    Roomagoo

  • Hugh

    Strange that your monitor is too big. I run the Dell 30″ at 2560*1600, and DreamScene runs fine on that. What size are you using that won’t allow it?

  • LOCK

    quote: “The desktop screen saver worked neat but what is the command to get rid of it? DUH! I thought I knew the command but I don`t. I just want my old desk top back. HELP will be greatly accepted. ”

    Just open the task manager and deactivate the Ribbons screensaver task.
    It worked 4 me!

  • Marcus

    Anyone know how to do this on a second monitor or if its even possible? I have it running on my primary monitor but it wont run on the secondary monitor Thanks