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Windows Vista Free Video to Screen Saver Converter, Convert WMV, AVI, MP4 to Vista Screensavers

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.

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How to Upgrade Matrix_ks Screen Saver on Windows XP

Upgrading the Matrix_ks screen saver released by Kelly Software is easy. You just install the updated version over the top of the current version. Make sure to install in the same directory with all of the same options which in most cases will be the default options you used to install this screen saver on your Windows XP PC.

  1. Download Updated Screen Saver: Visit the Kelly Software website and locate the newest version of the screensaver here. Scroll down the page until you get to the download section where there will be multiple versions of the Matrix_ks screen saver software. If you don’t mind possible bugs then install the Beta version however if you must have something stable then go with the older release.