Creating Screen Saver

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Creating Screen Saver

Once you are completely satisfied with the look and characteristics of your screen saver, you can finally create it using Ultra Screen Saver Maker!

Prior to building final screen saver we strongly recommend saving your project file (.ssp) using File menu/Save, so you can easily rebuild it later if small changes are necessary.

To create a screen saver use Create button or File menu/Make screen saver option. When you click this option, 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)
  • Screen Saver Installation Package Archive (.zip)
  • Screen Saver (.scr)
  • Digitally Signed Screen Saver (.scr) with Separate Data (.dat)

To distribute screen saver on CD, DVD, USB or any disk we recommend creating screen saver as Screen Saver Installation Package (.exe). Such file has built-in installation procedure which copies all media files (usually to Program Files folder) to target computer and changes Windows default screensaver.

In order to have silent installation (without user interaction) as Windows default screensaver, use /verysilent parameter when starting installation package. E.g. if you have created a file test.exe, use: test.exe /verysilent. To avoid creating icons during the installation add /noicons parameter. See the complete list of setup command line parameters.

For silent uninstallation use /verysilent /norestart, e.g.: “c:\Program Files (x86)\test\unins000.exe” /verysilent /norestart for 64-bit Windows or “c:\Program Files\test\unins000.exe” /verysilent /norestart for 32-bit Windows. See the complete list of uninstaller command line parameters.

To distribute screen saver via Internet, we recommend using some file sharing service or creating screen saver as Screen Saver Installation Package Archive (.zip). This will prevent “Unknown publisher” messages, also. Such option will actually bundle Screensaver Installation Package into .zip archive. User would open such archive and double-click .exe file to install it.

If your screen saver is generated as a regular Screen Saver (.scr), you need to manually copy it to appropriate System folder, so it can appear in System screen saver list:

  • for 64-bit version of Windows: C:\Windows\SysWOW64
  • for 32-bit version of Windows: C:\Windows\System32

This is a standalone file, containing all media files required to run.

When using Digitally Signed Screen Saver (.scr) with Separate Data (.dat) type, both .scr and .dat files should be copied to appropriate System folder, too.

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