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Trick to Customize the Default Screensavers in Windows 7 and Vista

Windows 7 and Vista take in a enjoyable set of backgrounds, but appropriately most of them are not configurable by default.  Appreciations to a free app and a number of registry changes, on the other hand, you can make the default screensavers outstandingly yours!

Trick to Customize the default screensavers

If you’ve ever pressed the Customize button on most of the default screensavers in Windows 7 and Vista, you were probably greeted with this message:

A little digging in the registry shows that this isn’t fully correct.  The default screensavers in Vista and 7 do have options you can set, but they’re not obvious.  With the help of an app or some registry tips, you can easily customize the screensavers to be uniquely yours.  Here’s how you can do it with an app or in the registry.

Customize Windows Screensavers with System Screensavers Tweaker

Download the System Screensavers Tweaker (link below), and unzip the folder.  Run nt6srccfg.exe in the folder to tweak your screensavers.  This application lets you tweak the screensavers’ registry settings graphically, and it works great in all editions of Windows Vista and 7, including x64 versions.

Change any of the settings you want in the screensaver tweaker, and click Apply.

To preview the changes to your screensaver, open the Screen Saver settings window as normal by right-clicking on the desktop, and selecting Personalize.


Click on the Screensaver button on the bottom right.

Click on the Screensaver button on the bottom right.

Now, select your modified screensaver, and click Preview to see your changes.

You can change a wide variety of settings for the Bubbles, Ribbons, and Mystify screensavers in Windows 7 and Vista, as well as the Aurora screensaver in Windows Vista.  The tweaks to the Bubbles screensaver are especially nice.  Here’s how the Bubbles look without transparency.

And, by tweaking a little more, you get a screensaver that looks more like a screen full of marbles.