Installing created screen savers

Screen savers can be installed in various ways depending on how they are distributed.

Installing from a setup package

A self-installing setup package is the easiest way to distribute screen savers. This package is a simple program file that when launched will install your screensaver automatically.

To install a screensaver package

  1. Open or launch the screensaver setup package file.
  2. Follow the instructions.

Installing from a CD or DVD

To install screensaver from a CD or DVD disc

  1. Load the CD or DVD disc.
  2. If the screensaver setup does not start automatically within 20 seconds, follow these steps:
    1. Open My Computer or Computer to access your CD or DVD contents
    2. Browse your CD or DVD drive for the screensaver setup package file
    3. Double-click the file to start the setup.
  3. Follow the instructions. Setup program will install the screensaver for you.

Installing an SCR file

If you distribute your screensaver as a simple standalone SCR file, the user must install it manually.

To install a screensaver file

  1. Copy the SCR file to the Windows folder (usually it is C:\Windows\). This is an optional step, but it ensures that your screensaver stays in the list of available screen savers even if another screensaver is installed.
  2. Right-click on the file and select Install.

Performing a silent install

Self-installing screensaver setup packages support silent install. To perform a silent install, use command line parameter -silent. You can specify a custom install folder after the -silent parameter; if you choose to do so, make sure you include the path within double quotes.


  • myscreensaver.exe -silent "c:\program files\my screensaver"
  • myscreensaver.exe -silent