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Purchase information

Why should I buy Ultra Screen Saver Maker?
By registering our software you will get:

  • No unregistered message on generated screensavers
  • Unlimited use of product
  • Free minor version upgrade
  • Major version upgrade discount
  • Development of even better product

How can I buy Ultra Screen Saver Maker?
Visit Ultra Screen Saver Maker purchase page.

Can I install Ultra Screen Saver Maker on more than one computer?
If you want to use Ultra Screen Saver Maker on several computers, you need to purchase a separate license for each computer. That means you need license for every computer where Ultra Screen Saver Maker itself is installed. Created screen savers can be installed on any number of computers for free.

What payment methods do you accept?
We accept credit credits, PayPal, bank/wire transfer, check/money order and purchase order, all available from purchase page.

I bought Ultra Screen Saver Maker. When will I receive program?
We do not send Ultra Screen Saver Maker by e-mail, but registration code. You should download the program from our website.


How do I locate the program? It does not show up on my hard drive or desktop?
If you downloaded Ultra Screen Saver Maker, there should be ussm_setup.exe file on you hard disk in Download folder. If you erased it by mistake, download it again from our website.

How to check if I have the latest version installed?
The easiest way to find out if there is a newer version released is to open Ultra Screen Saver Maker and select “Check for Updates” using Help menu.

License and Registration

Do you require royalties on screensavers created with Ultra Screen Saver Maker?
We do not require royalties or claim any rights on screensavers you create. If you are a registered user you are entitled to distribute all the screensavers you make. You can use, distribute and sell them freely.

I would like to sell screensavers to people and businesses. Does your license cover this?
Registered users are licensed to do whatever they want with generated screen savers. Generated screen savers can be distributed for free, sold to people and businesses, etc.

When do I receive registration code?
You will receive your unique Registration code as soon as payment is processed. This usually takes couple of minutes. Then you will simply enter your name and the registration code in the program registration form and Ultra Screen Saver Maker will be all yours.

I have lost my registration code. How do I get it?
If you have lost your registration code use the Lost Registration Form.

Once I buy the product, I get a code to register it. What would happen if I had to reinstall it on my PC?
When you reinstall Ultra Screen Saver Maker you’ll enter your registration code again and continue using software.

I have registered Ultra Screen Saver Maker, but still seeing unregistered message running across the screen.
If you can find your name in Help/About, then you have successfully registered Ultra Screen Saver Maker. If you still experience unregistered message running across the screen, you have to rebuild all the screensavers you built before you typed in the registration code. This will be a quick job if you save the screensaver project for each screensaver as you make them.


What file types does Ultra Screen Saver Maker support?
Ultra Screen Saver Maker supports the following:

  • JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, BMP and TGA image files,
  • MP3, WAV and MIDI sound files,
  • AVI, WMV and MPEG video files,
  • Flash (SWF) animations.

I cannot find option to create .scr file?

When you click Create button, program will ask for a screen saver name and folder where it will be stored. In addition, you can select format of your screen saver from “Save as type” drop down box:

  • Screen Saver Installation Package (.exe)
  • Archive containing Installation Package (.zip)
  • Screen Saver (.scr)

Can I display websites as a screen saver or images based on keyword?
To create screensavers based on your favorite websites or on keywords of your choice, click Web icon which launches Live Screensaver Creator. See its help for more details.

Is there a limit in number of files or size when creating screen saver?
There are no restrictions in number of files in generated screen saver – it depends on CPU power and configuration you are working on.

Cannot add more than 200 images at the time
Instead of adding images using Add button, select them in File Explorer, then drag and drop them to “List of Images” table.

Does Ultra Screen Saver Maker recognize animated GIFs?
Ultra Screen Saver Maker supports animated GIFs.

Is there a way to extract media files from the screensaver after it has been created?
It is not possible to extract files from generated screen saver. You should always keep a backup copy of project file (.ssp) and all files used in such project.

I am trying to use Ultra Screen Saver Maker, but have been unable to load my MP3s.
You probably do not have appropriate MP3 codecs installed on your system. You should install Windows Media Player or Winamp software, since they are automatically installing MP3 codecs so you can use them in other programs, including Ultra Screen Saver Maker.

Do you support MPEG-4 (.mp4) videos?
Ultra Screen Saver Maker does not support MPEG-4 (.mp4) videos, but AVI, WMV and MPEG.
The reason is that Microsoft Windows does not support MPEG-4 videos natively unless you have Windows Media Player 12 or some third party codec installed. Meaning we could not guarantee created screen saver would work on other computers. We recommended converting .mp4 file to .wmv using video converter such as Any Video Converter Free. Such .wmv file can be used in Ultra Screen Saver Maker.

How to add date and time below the images?
Use “Insert date or time” box in the Text window. If you use “Synchronize with objects” option you can assign different date and time formats to different images.

What is displaying order of objects?
If “Shuffle” checkboxes are unset, then the displaying order is: first all images, then all movies, then all Flash animations.

When creating screen saver with the text only, how to change pause after text messages?
Use ‘Pause after image’ setting on ‘Images’ page to control pause after text messages.

How to make background constant, i.e. to see images only changing?
In ‘Transition Effects’ disable all effects where background does not have fixed position. E.g. disable Corner slide, Zoom, Opener, Scroll, Push, Stretch, Regular Wipe, Fly.

Generated screen savers

If I create a screensaver for someone, do they need to have Ultra Screen Saver Maker to see it?
No, each screensaver created with Ultra Screen Saver Maker is a stand-alone, all in one installation file. It contains images, sounds, music, movies and everything else needed to run. Meaning anybody will be able to see and install generated screen savers without Ultra Screen Saver Maker itself.

How can I set the password for the screen saver?
To password protect the screen saver do the following:

  • Right click on Desktop
  • Choose Properties or Personalize and then Screen Saver
  • In the Screen Saver drop down list, click on the screen saver you want to use.
  • Check “On resume, password protect” or “On resume, display logon screen”

Can I put generated screen saver on my website for people to download?
Yes, with Ultra Screen Saver Maker you can create an executable version of screen saver, easy to download and install.

I created screen saver but I can’t find it in the screen saver list. What am I doing wrong?
Probably you didn’t install created screen saver. Open Ultra Screen Saver Maker and your project file and then select Set as Default screen saver from File menu.

What is .ssp file?
.ssp file is Ultra Screen Saver Maker project file that contains settings and references to files used for creating screen saver. It is not screen saver itself. You can open and edit such projects (files with .ssp extension) in Ultra Screen Saver Maker only.

How can I edit a screensaver (.scr or .exe file) I created?
It is not possible to edit or change already generated screen saver (.scr or .exe files), but Ultra Screen Saver Maker projects (.ssp files) only. You should save a project file before you build the screensaver using the File/Save menu in Ultra Screen Saver Maker, and you will be able to open it and change later on. A screensaver project is a .ssp file which contains settings and references to files necessary to create your screensaver again.

How can I share a screensaver with my family and friends?
To distribute screen saver, especially via email, we recommend creating screen saver as “Archive containing Screen Saver”, because sending executable files (.exe) as attachment is mostly forbidden nowadays. Here are a few ways:

  • You can send a screensaver via email as an attachment directly from Ultra Screen Saver Maker (File/Send via e-mail) using Outlook Express, Mozilla Thunderbird or any other desktop mail client.
  • You can copy the screensaver to a CD-ROM. Right click on the .exe file and send the file to CD drive.
  • You can upload it to your website, then tell people the download URL.

Will generated screen savers work on a Apple Macintosh?
No, sorry. They will work on Microsoft Windows operating systems only.

Can I install generated screen saver as Windows default without displaying dialog box first?
In order to have silent installation (without user interaction) as Windows default screen saver, use /verysilent switch when starting installation package. E.g. if you have created a file test.exe, use “test.exe /verysilent”.

Is it possible to digitally sign screen saver?
To digitally sign .scr file, you need to strip existing signature first (e.g. using delcert utility), then sign .scr file (using signtool).

How to deploy screen saver using Group Policy (GPO) or System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)?
You should create single .scr file from Ultra Screen Saver Maker, by following the steps below:

  1. Click “Create” button, which opens “Select Screen Saver File Name” dialog
  2. In “Save as type” drop-down box select “Screen Saver (*.scr)”
  3. Choose folder and enter file name, then click “Save”
  4. Click “Open Folder”
  5. Double-click screen saver file to verify if such screen saver works.

Further reading:

Created .scr file should be copied to appropriate System folder on every client:

  • On Windows 10/8/7 64-bit, it should be placed in C:\Windows\SysWOW64 folder
  • On Windows 10/8/7 32-bit, it should be placed in C:\Windows\System32 folder
  • On Windows XP, it should be placed in C:\Windows\System folder

Note: “Screen saver executable name” field should include full path to short (8.3) filename of screen saver. The best thing would be use filename with less or equal to 8 characters, e.g. “mysaver.scr”, so the path would be e.g. C:\WINDOWS\SysWOW64\mysaver.scr

When trying to run screen saver I get the message: “Open File – Security Warning. We can’t verify who created this file. Are you sure you want to run this file?”
Please try adding your network drive to Local intranet.

Why screen saver is not displayed on multiple monitors on Windows Welcome screen?
Screen saver is displayed on primary monitor only in environment when Windows does not provide enough privileges for screen saver to run, like Welcome screen, i.e. when none of the users is logged in.

How to display login/lock screen, i.e. require user password after screen saver?
In Screen Saver Settings window check “On resume, display logon screen” option.

How to run screen saver when no one is logged in?
Set the following registry keys using Command Prompt as Administrator and the screensaver c:\Windows\SysWOW64\ULTRAS~1.SCR (default Ultra Screen Saver Maker screen saver) will be displayed after 60 seconds, when no users are logged in (be careful when modifying the registry please):
reg add "HKU\.Default\Control Panel\Desktop" /v ScreenSaveTimeOut /t REG_SZ /d 60 /f
reg add "HKU\.Default\Control Panel\Desktop" /v ScreenSaveActive /t REG_SZ /d 1 /f
reg add "HKU\.Default\Control Panel\Desktop" /v SCRNSAVE.EXE /t REG_SZ /d "c:\Windows\SysWOW64\ULTRAS~1.SCR" /f

How to start screen saver immediately when lock computer?
You could use a small utility MonitorES. Go into the preferences (accessible from the system tray icon) and check “Auto SSaver On” option. When using Windows Key + L to lock your computer, the screen saver should show up instantly.

How to log users off after when starting a screen saver?
Please read How can I log users off after a period of inactivity, rather than merely locking the workstation? Is there a “logoff” screen saver?

When using Google Slides a grey square appears in the top left corner. How to remove it?
Please disable Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer as described in section “Disable Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer“.


I want a new feature implemented in Ultra Screen Saver Maker. Can you please do it?
A Ultra Screen Saver Maker wish-list exists. You are welcome to send us any suggestion, we will add them to wish-list and consider for implementation in the next release.

Report a problem running Ultra Screen Saver Maker
Please fill out the form and we’ll investigate the problem.

Still cannot find the answer?
Contact us, we’ll be glad to help.

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