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"This application could not be started" error Installed screen saver will not run

My Cylon screensaver installed, and I see it in the screen saver display settings, but when I try to run or preview it, I get the error:

This application could not be started.

It then asks me if I would like to know more about this error and then leads me to a broken link.

BB3 months agoWindows 10 x64, Firefox


4 replies

  • Hello BB,

    I assume you're referring to the Cylon Datastream screensaver?

    Did you also install the Microsoft XNA Framework 4.0 using the xnafx40_redist.exe file that's included along with the screensaver in the ZIP file you downloaded?

    I just tested it to work on Windows 10 64-bit, but it does require that XNA Framework.

    Rob (Screensavers Planet)3 months ago

  • Yes I did install the XNA and ran it multiple times.

    BB3 months ago

  • I've managed to reproduce the issue on my test PC. It looks like this screensaver won't run when it is installed into the "system32" folder. If you remove it from there and instead place it one level up, in the Windows folder (or SySWOW64), it should work.

    Hope that works for you, too!

    Rob (Screensavers Planet)3 months ago

  • Worked beautifully! Thanks so much.

    BB3 months ago

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