Where can I get a screensaver like the "My Pictures Slideshow" on XP which works on Windows 7 ?


  • The screensaver options on Microsoft 7 are grossly inferior to those provided on XP.

    I want a screensaver that shows photos from a file on my PC in a VARYING random order, not always the same order.

    I want a screensaver that does NOT resize photos so they are all huge and (originally) "smaller" pictures look all blurry.

    I want a screensaver that has varying transitions like the "My Pictures Slideshow" that was on Windows XP not just one choice of (really lumpen, unsubtle) change from one photo to another, again and again.

    Windows 7 is a real dog.  Really inflexible and apparently designed for people who have no knowledge of computing whatsoever.  Infuriating in its inflexibility.

    Does anyone know how I can get the Windows XP style "My Pictures Slideshow" screensaver loaded on Windows 7?

    Or is this just another example of Microsoft enforcing backward steps whether people like it or not?  :( 
    • Moved by David WoltersModerator Tuesday, February 08, 2011 5:39 PM Moving to a more appropriate forum (From:Office 2007 Application Compatibility)
    Monday, February 22, 2010 6:15 PM

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  • From a Windows XP (mine is 32-bit w/ SP3), copy the ssmypics.scr file from "%windir%\system32" folder (mine is C:\Windows\system32) to your Windows 7 "%windir%\system32" folder (mine is C:\Windows\system32). I successfully used the ssmypics.scr file on both 32 & 64 bit versions of Windows 7. The screen saver behaves exactly as it did in Windows XP. Good luck.


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    Tuesday, February 08, 2011 3:14 AM
  • In Windows XP, we had a very good screensaver showing pics, called ssmypics.scr. If we wanted, it showed pix filenames, which is important to a lot of us. When displaying thousands of pics at random, it is useful to see what they refer to. Windows 7 brought us many good things, we were told, but we lost the option to show filenames.
    A turnaround was proposed by the IT community, in copying ssmypics.scr from our windows XP to some Win7 folder. And it worked.
    Today, it no longer works, though my ssmypics.scr is still there. I guess the automatic update that sometimes happens decided I had to go back to the new, worse, screen saver.
    How do I recover a function that I paid for, with no time limit?

    Thank you, JMS

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014 4:49 PM