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A screen saver that displays pictures stops working in Windows

You create a screen saver for your operating system to display pictures from one of the following locations.
Windows XP

  • My Pictures
  • Windows Live Photo Gallery

Windows Vista

  • Windows Photo Gallery
  • Windows Live Photo Gallery

Windows 7

  • Windows Live Photo Gallery

However, the screen saver may stop working if one of the following conditions is true:

  • There are invalid shortcuts in the folder or in the subfolder that stores the screen saver pictures.
  • The power setting is set to “Low Power.”

Notes:

  • If the screen saver displays pictures from My Pictures, the SCRNSAVE.EXE registry value in the following registry subkey is “C:\Windows\system32\ssmypics.scr”:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

  • If the screen saver displays pictures from Windows Photo Gallery, the SCRNSAVE.EXE registry value in the following registry subkey is “C:\Windows\system32\PhotoScreensaver.scr”:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

  • If the screen saver displays pictures from Windows Live Photo Gallery, the SCRNSAVE.EXE registry value in the following registry subkey is “C:\Windows\wlxpgss.scr”:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB2425702.

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