I had some of the Microsoft Vista Dream Scenes that I wanted to convert to screen savers but I couldn’t figure out a good way to do this in Windows Vista without installing a third party application. I went through a lot of shareware applications that were trying to suck me in to spend money and finally found Video2ScreenSaver which was completely free and works perfect. Below I describe where to download Video2ScreenSaver and how to use it.

First off I was able to get videos working in Windows Vista Ultimate by creating a folder, adding the video I wanted to show as a screen saver, and then pointing the Photos screen saver to that folder. If you decide to do this then make sure to select “Pan and Zoom” under “Use this Theme”. The issue with doing this though is the transition to restart the movie. It fades out for a second and then back to the start of the movie. I wanted a way for the video to loop without knowing it was repeating and that is what I accomplished using the method below.

Works with all video files extensions: MOV, AVI, WMV, MP4, etc.

To create a screensaver out of a .wmv, .avi, .mov, etc. file follow the steps below.

  1. Download and Install Video2ScreenSaver: This application is 100% free and can be downloaded here. Once downloaded double click on the .exe file to run the installer. Follow the on screen instructions which are short and to the point.
  2. Launch Video2ScreenSaver: Now launch the application by locating it in All Programs from the start menu, clicking on the Video 2 Screensaver Convertor folder, and clicking on the ”Video 2 Screensaver Converter” application.
  3. Convert Video File: Now click the “Open Video” button, browse to the video file on your hard drive, click on the video, and then click the Convert button. Your video file is now converted to a screen saver for Windows Vista.
  4. Configure Screen Saver: Right click on the Vista desktop and select Personalize from the pop up configuration window. This will open the Personalization configuration window where you will click on the Screen Saver link. Select the newly converted video from the drop down menu and click the Preview button to test it out. If the video has sound you can turn the sound up or down by clicking the Settings button once the video has been selected. Please note that the Screen Saver will be named whatever the video was named minus the ending such as .avi or .wmv. So if you converted sreensaver.wmv the new Screen Saver will be called screen saver.

In Windows Vista you can really have some cool Screen Savers now by using the Dream Scenes from Wincustomize.


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6 Responses to “Windows Vista Free Video to Screen Saver Converter, Convert WMV, AVI, MP4 to Vista Screensavers”
  1. nick says:

    i have followed all the steps in the instructions, and in the help section of the actual application, yet when i click on ‘convert to screensaver’ it simply says ‘failed to convert screensaver!’ in the bottom left status bar of the window. what am i doing wrong?

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    alex Reply:

    Is that the exact error? Typically the wording is a bit different and occurs in a pop up error message if there is an issue. Have you been able to convert any videos into screensavers? What type of extension does the movie have that you are trying to convert? .avi? .mpg? .mpeg? Have you tried any movies with other extensions versus the one you mention in your initial post?

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  2. Rob says:

    I followed the steps outlined above. Our IT staff is asking “Where is the scr file that this program converted located?” They used a program to search for the scr and cannot find it. The conclusion that they are telling me is that there is NO scr file and that the program did not convert the mp4. Any thoughts?

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Rob,

    Unfortunately I don’t know the exact location however it should automatically put it in the correct directory for screensaver and add it to the list of available scrensavers on your Windows Vista computer. I don’t have a Windows Vista computer anymore to test with however when I wrote the article two years ago this is how it worked.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  3. Eddy says:

    Norton reports this as spyware

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Eddy,

    Norton also reports lots of software falsely as spyware though this is third party software and I only used it one specific time. It is definitely possible that it either has morphed into spyware or was even at the time of initial use. By no means do we *vouch for this software but it did serve the purpose we needed it for at the time.

    Thanks.
    alex

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