View Full Version : Need screensaver to start immediately

18-07-2010, 01:00 AM
Hey I have a pc that I have setup to auto-login so a program can start and I want screensaver to start as soon as the user account logs in, is there a way to do this? Machine is running XP

18-07-2010, 04:22 AM
Could you just put a shortcut to the .scr file in the startup menu?

The Error Guy
18-07-2010, 10:27 AM
I would make a .bat and get it to autorun on logon

So, open a new notepad file and type

@echo off
START C:\Windows\System32\ variable .scr /MAX

variable is the name of the screensaver file. then go to save as, set the file type to "all files" and call it sceen.bat or what ever you want, as long as it ends in .bat

You then convert it it to an .exe so it can be added to the startup programs http://www.f2ko.de/English/index.php the online version is here http://www.f2ko.de/ob2e/ob2e.html

18-07-2010, 10:36 AM
You may be better using this small program (Winflog) instead of a screen saver. It turns your monitor off.


The Error Guy
18-07-2010, 11:23 AM
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/screensaver.mspx This shows you how to find the screen savers names, no need to make a shortcut unless you want to double click manually

18-07-2010, 01:01 PM
Maybe running the app as a service would be a better option?
That way you don't need to autologon.
NTWrapper (lite is free) will do it if the app itself doesn't.

Depends on the requirements of the app of course.

18-07-2010, 01:29 PM
the app is HFS+.

18-07-2010, 01:51 PM
This article here (http://www.ehow.com/how_6446983_instantly-screensaver-windows-xp-registry.html) explains how to set it to run almost instantly, 1 second after startup. No idea if it works, never tried it.