How to install a screen saver

Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope

Below are the steps on how you can install a new screen saver on your computer.


If you are looking for screen savers, visit our screen saver section of our download page. If you want to change to a different screen saver, see our how to change screen saver page.

Installing a screen saver in Windows

  1. Download the screen saver.
  2. If the download is a .zip or another type of compressed file, the screen saver files must first be extracted before it can be installed.
  3. Run the included executable file (e.g., setup.exe or screen.exe) to begin the setup or installation of the screen saver. If the screen saver only has files ending with .SCR or .DLL, the file needs to be copied to the C:\Windows\SYSTEM folder.

After installing the screen saver using the above steps, you'll be able to change your screen saver from the current screen saver to the new screen saver.

DOS screen savers

Once the file is downloaded, it must be installed or extracted. If the file ends with .zip, like, this file must be extracted using a compression software program.

If, however, the file ends with .exe, like screen.exe, type the name of the file to run the screen saver. In this example, you would type screen in the directory where the file is located.

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